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

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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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Anne
Jun 24, 2013 Anne rated it did not like it
Awful!

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!
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Sesana
Jul 29, 2014 Sesana rated it did not like it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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
Nov 23, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it
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
Sep 21, 2014 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it
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
Mark
Apr 19, 2014 Mark rated it it was ok
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
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Bookwraiths
Dec 27, 2015 Bookwraiths rated it did not like it
Absolutely worst comic I've read in ages . . . and I like Hawkman. The only thing cool about the book at all was the updated look of our savage main character; everything else was annoying and immediately forgettable.
Andrew
Mar 19, 2015 Andrew rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
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
Kris
Nov 13, 2012 Kris rated it liked it


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
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Laurel
Apr 01, 2013 Laurel rated it did not like it
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
Cale
Mar 03, 2016 Cale rated it it was ok
There's a fundamental issue with this series - the idea that archaeologist and scholar Carter Hall turns into the brash, hit-first, ask-questions-never Hawkman, makes no sense. Hawkman is known for being brawn without brains, so burying him behind a supposed scholar strains credulity. And that's not the only thing that is bothersome. The dialog is painfully bad. The artwork is weirdly non-descript; Emma never really seems developed; the villains are unmemorable, or badly portrayed (Gentleman gho ...more
Kevin
Aug 15, 2012 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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.
Nico
Dec 28, 2012 Nico rated it really liked it
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.
Brini
Hawkman wirkt auf den ersten Blick immer etwas ruppig und wortkarg. Dieser Comic lebt daher von Carter Halls/Hawkmans Gedanken, die durch die Geschichten leiten und eine Seite von ihm zeigen, die man sonst nie zu Gesicht bekommen würde. Es ist interessant mitzuverfolgen wie Carter auf der Suche nach dem Geheimnis seiner Rüstung, seiner Bestimmung, ist -- und vor allem, dass er selbst noch im Dunkeln tappt.
Zudem schreit dieser Comic förmlich Marvel. Ich musste anfangs direkt an Hulk denken (Mark
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Angela
Aug 01, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
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.
Bevans
Apr 15, 2012 Bevans rated it liked it
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
Oct 02, 2012 John Yelverton rated it liked it
This book series is not starting off very well, but it shows the potential of picking up in later installments.
Vanessa
Dec 21, 2013 Vanessa rated it did not like it
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
Miroslav Markić
Feb 29, 2016 Miroslav Markić rated it liked it
This is another one of those books that reminds me how much Shelfari needs to rethink it's "star rating system"...

This book was average. Some elements I didn't like, but others I did and they redeem this book. If I could, I'd give it 2,5 stars, but since I can't, I'll go with 3 stars.

I was looking forward to reading this, since I only know Hawkman from passing cameo apperances in other DC titles. So I wanted to know a bit more about the character. Unfortunately, this title left me even more conf
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James Dunphy
Jul 08, 2014 James Dunphy rated it did not like it
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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C.
Jul 08, 2013 C. rated it liked it
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Toto Maya
Dec 06, 2013 Toto Maya rated it liked it
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?

Also,
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Daryl
Jun 24, 2013 Daryl rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
Jessie
Jan 25, 2013 Jessie rated it really liked it
I had no expectations for this title and figured it wouldn't be very good because come on...it'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
arjuna
Jan 01, 2013 arjuna rated it liked it
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
Jul 15, 2015 Jerry Landry rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-reads
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
Richard Rosenthal
Nov 16, 2015 Richard Rosenthal rated it liked it
Shelves: comic
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
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Annice22
(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.
Rob
I enjoyed the visual of the Nth metal literally emerging from his skin like Wolverine's claws... The whole concept was really well conceived and relaunched but the story itself was lack luster for me.
Natalie
Sep 20, 2013 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
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.
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