Hawkman #6 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on November 14, 2018

Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Bryan Hitch
Colourist: Jeremiah Skipper
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft
It's taken me six whole issues to get it, but I've come to the realisation that this book is an artist's book, and that's the primary reason that I'm enjoying it. What Robert Venditti is doing with the plot is mostly dry with the occasional burst of fun and excitement, but Bryan Hitch is a star and a great storyteller, and he owns this title.
The book moves incredibly well. I just had another read-through of it without even paying attention to the dialogue and it was gorgeous. Hitch has worked with inker Andrew Currie for the entirety of this run so far yet he's inking himself here, which gives a consistency and weight to his characters that I haven't really seen in this series yet. The linework overall is very solid and it seems thicker than usual, contributing to the aforementioned weightiness I attributed to the characters. Jeremiah Skipper's art also seems to look better here, and I again credit this to the thicker and more solid linework on display. This issue was just a pleasure to look at and I suggest everyone do the same. I'm not sure why Hitch is inking himself here; based on an audio interview I heard it may be due to scheduling problems. In that case, I respectfully hope that Currie has some more problems with this schedule because I just want the book to look like this forever. It's stunning work.
As someone very new to the Hawkman character, I don't feel the connection that Hawkman has with the Atom, but Venditti does a decent job at making me understand that there is, in fact, a brotherly love between them and they're obviously quite close. The ending also rubs me the wrong way since I have no idea what was happening. But I'm sure fans of the character will get a kick out of it.
This issue is gorgeous and, I hate to say this since it's almost a blanket statement at this point, worth buying just for the art alone. The plot helps move the art along and the ending will certainly excite someone.

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