Hawkman #6 Review - Hawkman & Atom Against a Planet
It's been a while since I reviewed a Hawkman comic. It's unfortunate because Hawkman is one of the best traditional mainstream Superhero comics I've reviewed in recent years. Lack of reviews has less to do with the quality of a title but based on what I have at the top of my pile at any given time.
I forget how we got into this situation but Hawkman and The Atom have shrunk down into the Microverse in an attempt to obtain a weapon/artifact to help Carter Hall (Hawkman) on his quest to restore his lost memories as well as stop the Deathbringer's on their path of destruction.
The strength of the issue is the bond between Hawkman and The Atom. Their relationship feels genuine. They give each other crap but also have mutual respect and understanding for one another.
The other major positive for the issue is that action on the page. All of the action sequences are wonderfully choreographed by Bryan Hitch and it's fun to read and look at. The urgency never leaves the comic and the creative direction does a great job of conveying a rapidly escalating situation on the ground and in the air.
The only problem I have with the issue and the series overall is the pacing. Hawkman doesn't have a decompression problem. The books just read too fast. The pace makes the argument of reading a series in chunks or collected editions. I normally don't do trades but I can see this series sold bi-monthly for a slightly higher cover price. Hawkman #6 is another solid installment in what has become a thoroughly underrated series.