Hawkman #5 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on October 10, 2018

Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Bryan Hitch
Inker: Andrew Currie
Colourist: Jeremiah Skipper
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft
This issue didn't provide many answers, and brings up a whole slew of new and confusing questions, but I still had a lot of fun with it.
Robert Venditti really knows the characters on display. The relationship between Hawkman and Atom was nice, and the interest he displays in Hawkman's dilemma is really wholesome. Aside from the character moments, there isn't much to the overall narrative. Atom tries to explain exactly what would be going on with Hawkman and somehow seems to be acutely aware of what exactly Carter is going through. I get that Venditti is trying to move the story along by contextualising this space and time rebirth thing he's inducting into the Hawkman mythos… but the pacing suffers because of it. 
The star of the show is Bryan Hitch. Always was, and always will be. Hitch is tapping into the excitement and fun of the character and provides simply the best artwork he's done in years upon years. Not to disparage his previous work mind you, he seems very into this story. Based on his Twitter presence, he seems to be pumping out multiple pages a day, which is a work ethic very few artists nowadays can match. The energy and pace of this series is something I genuinely think should and will be studied by aspiring artists.
This is a very simple issue; it's got some pacing problems but the characters and their dynamics are great, and the art is stellar. I'd still recommend picking this series up, perhaps even for the art alone. Good thing the story is some fun too.

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