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The Savage Hawkman, Vol. 1: Darkness Rising (Savage Hawkman Vol. I #1)

2.97 of 5 stars 2.97  ·  rating details  ·  299 ratings  ·  47 reviews
As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics - The New 52 event of September 2011, Carter Hall is back as the savage Hawkman! Carter's skill at deciphering lost languages has led him to a job with an archaeologist who specializes in alien ruins. But one of his latest discoveries is Morphicus, whose deadly power helps to spread an alien plague through New York City. With innocent l ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by DC Comics
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This is one of the worst titles I've read in the New 52 line-up, and I'm not even that picky!
How do I even describe it?
Well, the word boring comes to mind. So does the word idiotic. The dialogue was so amateur and stupid that I would love to put them in this review as evidence, but that would require me thumbing through the pages again.
I Won't Do It! I wasted the entire day trying to force myself to just finish the thing. I finally got through with it, too. And I'm not going back, baby!
This really is bad. Worse than just being poorly written, it's boring, too. You just can't start a book with the main character torching his famous costume without explaining why he's torching his famous costume. So he hates being Hawkman, but why? I never was able to figure it out. I'd bet good money that Daniel never bothered to figure it out. He just needed a way to give his main character an upgrade. Now the Nth Metal is fused with Hawkman's body! Yay? I don't care, and I don't see why I sho ...more
Sam Quixote
I was watching paint dry with an intensity the activity doesn’t usually warrant when a thought struck me that someone seeing this might think me odd - that is unless you informed them it was this or read “Savage Hawkman, Vol 1: Darkness Rising”. “So put it aside, pick up something else!” would be the reasonable response to this situation. That I would normally do but a few weeks ago I made the bad decision of purchasing a shed-load of New 52 titles and, because money has changed hands, I feel ob ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Not bad. The first half wasn't very exciting. Hawkman gets his nth metal power and a bad guy is after him because he wants to suck up his energy. We are back to the original Hawkman here too, the human cryptologist, not the alien police enforcer who I've been most familiar with in my reading as a youngster. Anyway, once the first story was over, we suddenly had zombies appear and my interest piqued. Finding the second half of the book much more interesting story wise plus we got to know Carter m ...more
2.5 stars. Previously I've been a fan of Hawkman but this New 52 reboot is a disappointment.

Some of the artwork is decent. I like Hawkman's look -- his armor and wings -- and overall I thought he looked really menacing. But as for the artwork for the other characters (and even for Carter Hall when he's not in Hawkman form), the facial features weren't sharp and defined enough for my tastes.

At the very start Carter Hall has the Hawkman armor and is trying to destroy it. While I don't always mind
You know, I really like old Carter Hall. I just find it kind of funny that in the DC Multiverse, a cryptologist such as Carter is the staunch conservative (although his personal politics were not explored in this trade) and the billionaire industrialists like Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen are the altruistic souls trying to make a difference. Who do we get in our own reality? The nefarious Koch brothers. Yikes. No wonder I read comics! So anyway, this trade...hmmm...had some potential, had some go ...more

This book is a good example of the problem I have with the New 52 event. In Brightest Day, DC took several characters (including Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter, Deadman, Hawk and Dove, and Green Arrow) and really gave them a new direction. The events surrounding Brightest Day caused these characters to reevaluate their lives and they came away with a new re-dedication to their various causes; it looked like we were in for some really good stories in the titles that dealt with these charac
Another example of a New 52 book that had potential that was wasted. The initial set-up and plot were intriguing but then the book never explores those elements. We never learn the background of the character, his powers, his personality - nothing. Time after time characters would know something needed for the story with no explanations given for how they know it. The art wasn't good either, with indistinct faces and muddy coloring. The new costume design was good but poorly explained and utiliz ...more
Maybe it is because I know less about Hawkman, but I found these stories not too bad. I wish Morphicius had been a little more badass and I wish that the gentlemen ghost saga had been fleshed out a bit more, but overall it was decent. I also enjoyed the art, which brought out the Savage part of the title much more than the writing. I might consider reading more if it had not been taken over for the next arc by Rob Liefeld. Ah well.
What sets Hawkman apart as a hero isn't his powers (which are run-of-the-mill) nor his personality (macho, politically conservative) or even his weaponry (a flair for the medieval.) It's his ardor and taste for battle. Daniel admirably keeps our hero in a warlike mindset even when not wearing the mask and wings.
The first part is pretty slow and not that memorable. When the Hawkman has to go up against ghosts and the dead it does get really good. This title has a lot of potential if it carries on having great stories like that one. A good read.
Richard Rosenthal
Every box of used trade paperbacks at #C2E2 had a copy of this so I expected that there isn't a lot of love for this book. Its really not that bad. I liked the art. I like that there is more background than just a heavy the Justice League calls in when the are desperate. I am a little confused as this guy seems entirely human with alien tech where as the Hawkman in the Justice League titles claims to be an alien.

The story is pretty much one long fight with the Hero occasionally touching base wi
The Morphicus stuff at the beginning is pretty "meh", but it gets much more interesting once the Gentleman Ghost shows up in the 3rd or 4th issue.
John Yelverton
This book series is not starting off very well, but it shows the potential of picking up in later installments.
I was not expecting this to be the volume that put my plans to review all the first volumes in the New 52 on hold for months. While it definitely isn't good, it is almost a bigger problem that it isn't terrible. It is just completely forgettable. I read Catwoman and Mr. Terrific in one sitting, because they were such train-wrecks. With the Savage Hawkman, I would end up putting it down and having to start from the beginning, because I had completely forgotten what had already happened in the sto ...more
James Dunphy
I've always been a huge fan of Hawkman in the Justice League comics and cartoon shows growing up, but I have never read any of his solo comics. The lore seemed dense and entry points were hard and felt disconnected from most of the DCU *caughBatmancaugh* I was familiar with at that point. DC's New 52 reboot-ish event felt like the perfect point of entry to one of my perpetual 2nd favorite heroes.
I was sad to find out that Hawkman's world in Savage Hawkman isn't very rebooted at all. Not much ba
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Toto Maya
After reading the “Before the New 52” Issue, regarding the backstory of Hawkman:

On an alien planet, blah blah blah. There is a wise and just king, blah blah blah. He has a son who likes violence, blah blah blah. He has another son who likes peace, blah blah blah. Gee, I wonder who the hero and who the villain will be? Father dies? Check. Evil brother is evil? Check. Peaceful brother is good? Check. Booooooring. It's so cliché. Why do these good superhero outcasts all end up on Earth anyway?

I've always liked the character of Hawkman. He had a cool costume, cool powers, cool weapons, and despite a backstory that's the second most complicated in the DCU (after Donna Troy), he's a pretty interesting character. This first trade of the New 52 relaunch doesn't use any of that. It is, in a word, awful. The re-drawn costume is terrible - why does every character in the New 52 need armor? Why make the Nth metal part of Hawkman himself, and use that instead of the cool weaponry he used to us ...more
Alex Sarll
I've never been convinced by Hawkman as a solo star - between the convoluted origin and the one-note personality, he works better hanging around team books, breaking arms and arguing with Green Arrow. A reboot at least offers a chance to fix the convolution - but no, they added a new wrinkle instead, basically turning his wings into Venom. The plot, when it makes any sense, is generic, and the dialogue reads like bad manga run through Bing Translate. One to avoid.
I had no expectations for this title and figured it wouldn't be very good because come's Hawkman. But jut like Aquaman, they've given a previously "light" character a makeover. Granted, I don't know what Hawkman was before the New 52--and I definitely could have used a clue, considering all the talk about so much death--but I liked him a lot. I got the impression they were revising his origin story just a little, but again, hard to say without being a previous fan. Also wondering when Ha ...more
Mmmmmm...a little dull, to be honest, but it shows promise - it feels to me as if the writers want to let rip but just aren't able to for some reason. I have to admit, I know nothing about the original (other than an impression of the hero as scary and interesting, courtesy of the one JLA comic I owned as a child), so have come to this fresh and without expectations. I think the "savage" aspect could emerge a little more, perhaps... the hero is a little opaque at the moment but his core of anger ...more
Jerry Landry
While the artwork was good and I'm a fan of the character of Hawkman, the plot of this collection left something to be desired. The villains were not well-developed, and Carter Hall, who for some unexplained reason decided to relinquish his role as Hawkman then jumped back into the fray at the first sign of a threat, seemed to bumble through from start to finish with confidence but little sign that said confidence was justified. Overall, not the worst graphic novel I've ever read but certainly f ...more
(Read the single issues)

This surprised me, it wasn't as bad as I had heard. I thought the stories were interesting but I do wish the artwork had been much better.
Reprints The Savage Hawkman 1-8; part of the New 52 relaunch. First story arc is about a salvaged spaceship that has an evil alien in it that get unleashed on the world. Second story arc is about a warlock/ghost sort of supernatural story and he teams up with Static Shock for that. The last part is I guess the setup for the next main story arc.

The art was kind of so-so. The first story arc was kind of slow, I liked the middle story better, and by the end I was wanting to pick up the next volume.
Not nearly as bad as the reviews on here might suggest. Of course, I could be a little biased. There were zombies in this. Yes, zombies. A bad black monster called Morphicus, a gentleman ghost, and a guest appearance by one of my childhood favorites... STATIC SHOCK!!! A.K.A. Static rounds out the cast of characters. I won't lie that I was thinking 2 stars nearly this whole read, until the 2nd to last issue when they throw zombies and Static in and it's just like what, AWESOME?!
Never been a fan of P. Tan's art. I'm still not. I found the first story a bit confusing but the second story featuring the Gentleman Ghost won me over. I quite enjoyed it. I do like the new take on Hawkman. He's a much stronger and less convoluted character than he's been for a couple of decades. Not sure if this is still an on-going or if it was canned. But I'd like to keep reading this title. But I hope the artist will be replaced.
Adam Fisher
3.5 Stars
I first saw New 52 Hawkman in a Justice League comic I think. He looks vicious, so I thought I'd give "Savage Hawkman" a shot. Not being a fan of Hawkman specifically, it really just seemed like a normal superhero comic. The "Savage"-ness of this Volume didn't seem extremely over the top, but the art was fine. Overall, not a bad ride of a comic, just not one I want to dedicate my time to often.
Pablo Mares
Ugh more like savage emo man. I have never read Hawkman before. I really wanted to like this comic. It's got fantasy, myths, legend, aliens and good art work. The story and writing fall flat. Why don't you just tell us everything he's thinking? Oh yeah, because you already do. It seems like all of what he has to say is just trite and sad.
Damián Vives
Lanzamiento difuzo de un héroe que ya está acostumbrado al maltrato editorial. Tony Daniel abre la narración de manera eficiente pero rápidamente pierde las riendas. Los números se suceden, sin aburrir ni deslumbrar, pero la sombra del fracaso sobrevuela la segunda mitad del volúmen.
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