What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Hawkman #27! The previous issue of Hawkman was exactly what it looks like when you weave a story together that acknowledges everything you love about the characters involved. Though one does have to wonder, what comes next for Hawkman and Hawkwoman? What does it mean for these two to be standing in front of their old friends again?
As they said, Hawkman and Hawkwoman receive the precious gift of life one last time and return to the past where they were happiest. Though is being back with the Justice Society of America really where they were at their happiest? The answer to that was interesting, because one would have really thought that all of this was random. Though that part isn’t really what’s important, the important part is what this means for Hawkman and Hawkwoman. That part right there I enjoyed because this issue quickly became a breath of fresh air. When you take away everything which these two have been battle the past twenty-six issues? All you have left is them simply doing what they do best, and what better place to do what they do best than in the place which makes them the happiest, and with the people who make them the happiest. I mean just seeing that they would have the opportunity to take on the Injustice Society of America again was a treat considering the nostalgia some of us may feel who recently got done watching the Stargirl series. For others, this may be nostalgia from just being a longtime reader of Hawkman and Hawkwoman stories.
This encounter with the Injustice Society of America was an exciting scene. Most issues of Hawkman are fairly fast-reads, so when the time is spent on an action scene, it has to be a good one. I would say that this creative team delivered, especially the art team. Everything about this battle felt like something you just don’t see enough of in superhero comics. Good versus evil, and everything by the book about it. The small introductions, the one-liners, the wham/bam/and smashing.
Though the best thing about this issue was us getting the most important answer to this last life Hawkman and Hawkwoman have to live. With one life remaining, many things can happen which would make that reality sink in fast. Though the question is if you fall apart understanding this is it, or if you truly fight to make sure that you make the most of it. Again, after everything these two have been through the past twenty-six issues, it only made sense that we were going to get an answer that fell more in line with who they have grown to become. It was a little bit of both that was experienced from them
Beyond this, I definitely found myself interested in getting to know this mysterious enemy who seems to connected enough to these two to know they are at their moment vulnerable.
The interior work from this art team was stunning. I know this is nothing new that I have said about the artwork for this book, but this time I felt something different when I flipped open to that first page. It was a thrill with the work that Fernando Pasarin put into this issue as the penciler. If there is one thing this guy knows how to do, it is put you into a story which full visual appeal. Very detailed, gives you full renderings of the settings too. Though the best thing is that he knows how to create the foundation for an action scene, and make it grand. When you think of two super teams clashing, there’s going to be a lot of things going on at the same time. This art team as a whole handled it wonderfully. To even have Jeremy Cox as colorist was an excellent choice for the boldness to his colors, and the organic selection he tends to use for characters. This was a great combination for the action and the more engaging moments shared between characters. Something else I thought was very cool was seeing what these two saw, versus what everyone else was seeing. Now that was truly nostalgia that this art team was able to pull off. And that decision made sense too considering no matter where these two decided to live that last life, they would be living it in the skin of a past life.
All in all, it’s back to the world of the living for Hawkman and Hawkwoman, but there’s no rest for these two. Not even when this is their last life to live.