Adam Graham's Reviews > Showcase Presents: Hawkman, Vol. 2

Showcase Presents by Gardner F. Fox
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This book collects the rest of Hawkman's solo Silver Age series, a cross-over with the Atom in his comic, an appearance in Batman Team-up book Brave and the Bold, and the Hawkman stories in The Atom and Hawkman.

The Hawkman stories are fine for the most part, if a bit formulaic. Hawkman and Hawkgirl fought a lot of Monsters of the Month although they also took on some ordinary Earth gangsters. The stories are okay okay, but almost totally forgettable. What does stand out in the Hawkman solo series is Shayera. She does emerge as one of the strongest female characters in the Silver Age. Even though her portrayal isn't perfect, it certainly beat the way that Sue Richards was being handled over at Marvel. She's smart, resourceful, and capable of saving the day and really the book would have benefitted had the series been called Hawkman and Hawkgirl.

My one favorite stand out story is Hawkman #13, "Quest of the Immortal Queen" where Hawkman's kidnapped by the interdimensional Queen of Asgard to become her latest husband until she gets bored with him. It was wild and it was too bad the rest of the book couldn't measure up.

The Atom and Hawkman books were of two types. First there were issues in which you got a short story with each and then you had team-up issues. We only get the Hawkman side of the solo stories. I thought the Solo Stories were fine. The Phantom Ghost two-parter was engaging. The team-ups didn't do anything for me. They never quite meshed or seemed to make sense as a team. The logic for the book seemed to be that you had two titles that weren't selling, so why not mix them together and see what happens.

The last story was interesting as it was campy, kooky, and no doubt the basis for a lot of "Jean Loring is crazy" stories to come over the decades.

Overall, these comics aren't bad, but for the most part, they're typical DC Silver Age comics. Shayera really does save the book from being dull, but there is better silver age material out there.
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Reading Progress

September 20, 2020 – Started Reading
September 20, 2020 – Shelved
September 21, 2020 –
page 54
9.64%
September 21, 2020 –
page 54
9.64% "The Million Year Long War (#12): Two ancient warriors emerge to continue to fight and they each take over half of Thannagar. Hawkman and Hawkigirl are immune. This is a pretty standard story with maybe a hint of the warning of ongoing hatred. C+"
September 21, 2020 –
page 54
9.64% "Quest of the Immortal Queen #13: Hawkman is taken to a realm of Asgard by a Queen who the Asgardians assume to be a Valkyrie (they spell it weirdly in the book.) Shayera got to save Hawkman in time even it if means death. The monsters and setting are cool, but really Shayera and Queen Alvit make this work and there's even some ambiguity in the ending. Grade: A-"
September 22, 2020 –
page 104
18.57% "Hawkman #14: Treasure of the Talking Head: A Treasure hunt/quest story with them battling the ridiculously acronymed CAW. Did appreciate the balance between Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Grade: C+

Hawkman #15: Hawkman and Hawkgirl battling a very talking prehistoric monster. Took a long time to set the monster up. Fight scenes are fun but a bit repetitive. Grade: C-"
September 23, 2020 –
page 129
23.04% "Hawkman #16: "Lord of the Flying Gorillas"-This one's a bit baffling and meh. Given the Title, it should be pretty straightforward. Instead Hawkman's whisked off to deal with flying humans in other story. There's some nice art but this is convoluted. Grade: D"
September 24, 2020 –
page 179
31.96% "Hawkman #17 Gives us Two Shorter stories. "Ruse of the Robbing Raven" is about a petty man who cultivates a decades long friendship to get even for some perceived childhood slight and becomes a raven-based supervillain. "Enigma of the Escape-Happy Jewel Thieves" is about jewel thieves playing tricks on Hawkman/Hawkgirl."
September 24, 2020 –
page 179
31.96% "Brave and the Bold #70 finds Batman calling in Hawkman to stop a character known as the Collector from discovering his secret identity, but then things get really confused. Fun, silver age goofiness. Even has a computer using, "Holy" when it guesses at Batman's Secret Identity. Grade: B+"
September 25, 2020 –
page 227
40.54% "The World that Vanished/Parasite Planet Peril (Hawkman #18 and 19): A two-parter that involves the disappearance of Thannagar and Hawkgirl, as well as a trip to Rann for a team up with Adam Strange. A solid story, though the first part is better. Grade: A-"
September 26, 2020 –
page 275
49.11% "Guest appearance in the Atom (for some reason): Atom #31: A criminal suddenly renounces crime and a new supervillain emerges. Team up element is a bit unnecessary. Still fun. B-"
September 26, 2020 –
page 275
49.11% "Hawkman (#20): Double feature In "Death of the Living Flame"-Things go wrong on a museum dig and Hawkgirl needs to rescue Hawkman. In, "Lion Mane-The Tabu Menace"-A tabu can change a man into a half man/half lion creature. Grade: B-"
September 27, 2020 –
page 323
57.68%
September 28, 2020 –
page 371
66.25% "Hawkman from 1,000,000 BC (Hawkman #23)....Our heroes discovers Dinosaurs attacking their home city and stumble back through time and then there's mind control. I'm not sure the story makes sense but its fun to read and Hawkgirl's Awesome. Grade: B-"
September 28, 2020 –
page 371
66.25% "The Robot Raiders from Planet Midnight (Hawkman #24): Robots kidnapped military and Hawkgirl. Its Hawkman to the rescue. Really, the third part with the Invasion makes this story work. Grade: B+"
October 1, 2020 –
page 461
82.32%
October 2, 2020 –
page 505
90.18%
October 3, 2020 –
page 533
95.18%
October 4, 2020 – Finished Reading

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