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The Savage Hawkman Vol. 1: Darkness Rising (The New 52) Paperback – Oct 30 2012

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (Oct. 30 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401237061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237066
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.9 x 25.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tony S. Daniel decided to be a comics artist in the eighth grade, and he hasn't looked back since. After making his professional debut in 1993 on Comico's The Elementals, he has contributed to Marvel's X-Force and Image's Spawn: Bloodfeud as well as writing and illustrating his own titles Silke, The Tenth and F5, which led him into work in Hollywood. After being lured back into comics to work with writer Geoff Johns on TEEN TITANS, Daniel went on to draw THE FLASH before landing his dream job writing and penciling BATMAN and then later, DETECTIVE COMICS. The Batcave is, he reports, surprisingly cozy.

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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 21 2014
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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 much better as a person, along with some of the people in his life such as Emma Ziegler. Morphicus was a pretty lame bad guy in the first section but the ambiguous reptile looking shapeshifter Askana, present for the whole book, is a great villainess. Loved her! And my reading of the awful "Static Shock" volume paid off as Static shows up here (and at least I knew who he was and got his jokes) for a few pages to help Hawkman fight off the zombies! Hawkman is around a lot as a member of the Justice League and while this isn't fantastic, I enjoyed reading him on his own. He has one more volume left and I'll definitely be reading that.
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First half not great, but 2nd half much better!
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Not bad, not extraordinary
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HASH(0xa2e8c24c) out of 5 stars Not Savage Enough, But Has Potential. 3 1/2 Score Feb. 12 2013
By Anarchy in the US - Published on
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Thanks to the DC New 52, most of the intent was to do a soft-reboot of the DC Universe except Batman and Green Lantern, and Hawkman is one of those titles that got a reboot. For the most part, Hawkman is one of the most convoluted characters in the DCU in need of a reboot. Every writer has a different story for Hawkman, AKA Kator Hal or Carter Hall, either says he's an alien prince, an reincarnated Egyptian prince, a archaeologist, or a mixture of all stories. Either way, New 52 Carter Hall is more streamlined take for today's audience, but doesn't mean his series is any better then it once was.

THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN VOL.1: DARKNESS RISING collects issues #1-8 and see's Carter Hall as a hieroglyphics specialist who wants to abandon his old superhero persona of Hawkman, by destroying his old pieces of wings and armor. But the Nth metal, the ancient and mysterious material the armor is made out of, comes back and bonds to Carter into a new look with new abilities. As Carter is trying to reexamine his new inner powers, an ancient and powerful monster gets free and it's up to Hawkman to stop this new threat, even if Carter Hall doesn't like it.

Tony Daniel writes a broadening and introspective Carter Hall, more in question of his current life, the newly bonded Nth metal, and the vague hints to the past that Hall might be an alien. I like this take because of the streamlined back story for new readers, as well as the book hinting and teasing readers of his real origins. It also lets readers understand Carter being more like everyone else, in that he just wants to understand himself and live normally. And because a good half the time we see Carter Hall, it doesn't make it so Hawkman isn't on page all the time so when Hall becomes the winged hero, the action and interest spark up. This way, Hawkman isn't so much of a savage superhero going around stopping monstrous threats like a Hulk with wings, but a decent balance of Carter Hall and Hawkman.

Artist Phillip Tan does some great art work. He draws a semi-photo realistic art style to match the dark and serious tones, some great action scenes, and character interaction to show human emotions. Overall, his art does get subtly lighter and looser as the book goes on, but for the better. It gives the book some lighter tones. And fill-in artist Cliff Richards does issue 7 does a fine job.

But Hawkman does have its problems. The overall writing from Daniels is decent, though nothing great. It never hooked me aside from the subtle hints to Hawkmans origins, but Daniels writing seems mediocre. I mentioned how the book is more introspective about Carter Hall, but Hawkman never seems "savage" enough to ever feel like the character really lets loose. It's not so much a bad thing, as I like the new version, but the type of character Hawkman is, it never feels exciting enough. And although Phillip Tans art is great, the dark detail and coloring make for a dark book that makes it seem like the book takes itself a little too seriously. Tans art lightens up later on thankfully, which helps lighten the mood. And even fill-in artist Cliff Richards art, I thought, fit the design and mood better. And the last aspect is that the second story arc of the Gentleman Ghost fairs better then the first arc.

Overall, THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN VOL 1: DARKNESS RISING is a decent and promising book with solid art and good reintroducing of a streamlined Carter Hall for the DC 52. The first half of the book is okay, but gets better by the second half. I liked the book, but never quite enough to impress me. I'll give the score a 3 ½ score, but since Amazon doesn't give half stars, I'll be nice and round out the score to 4 stars.

Well next volume,writing duties and art will be handed over to Rob Liefeld for The Savage Hawkman Vol. 2: Wanted (The New 52) (Savage Hawkman (the New 52)) so I have no idea what to expect with the next book and where Liefeld will take the story line, but we'll see when we get there. Either way, after issue 20, Hawkman will be cancelled, but we'll see him again in Geoff Johns Justice League of America Vol. 1 (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels)). If your willing to try out Hawkman, Geoff Johns version is the way to go. But for Hawkman in his own solo adventures, Tony Daniels isn't bad.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e8c6cc) out of 5 stars (The Savage Hawkman Vol. 1: Darkness Rising) WHERE'S THE SAVAGERY? Oct. 30 2012
By Karolus Magnus - Published on
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Nice! A new HAWKMAN title.

In this New 52 reimagining they combined "Katar Hol" with "Carter Hall" and did away with that silly reincarnation angle, firmly casting Mr. H as an alien. Given the character's tangled history - this is probably the best course as it allows DC greater leeway, although they could change this anytime...

Not nice! - The book is underwhelming and has a deliberate, boring pace. Not much "savagery" going on. This particular HAWKMAN is suffering from the now standard-in-comics "Jason Bourne malady" that affects superhero types (see: WOLVERINE) more than they do normal humans. In fact, many of DC New 52 characters are made this way (see: SUPERGIRL, AQUAMAN, etc.)

Phillip Tan's art - normally very dependable - fails to rescue this incoherent mess. Storywise, it's replete with modern pop culture clichés - amnesiac heroes, lost relics, secret aliens, zombie apocalypse... Yes, you read that right - ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! As if we needed one in comics nowadays. Nice try, Mr. Daniels.
On a side note, the villains are uninteresting and completely forgettable.

Three stars...with reservations. And I'm being generous.

NOTE: I'm currently following the second arc by Rob Liefeld and Joe Bennett. It's better than this - faster-paced and action packed. The stories are not much of an improvement (it's Rob Liefeld!) but at least there's old school HAWKMAN vs Armored Bad Guy throwdowns! HAI!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e8c4d4) out of 5 stars Fair Adaptations of a Second Tier Character Sept. 9 2013
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Hawkman's history since the Silver Age has been, shall we say, a bit confusing. When DC Comics changed him to where he lived life to life with Shiera (Hawkgirl), doomed to remember his past lives through eternity, I thought this was great. And I always loved the idea of a museum curator being part of a secret police force from Thanagar. Great stuff.

New 52 changed all that. Savage Hawkman is a dull read. The panels don't flow well and the writing is lackluster and it does not end for him in any satisfactory way. Gone are the cool reincarnation stories. Now we have a guy who gets possessed by the Nth metal that is part of him and won't let him give up his Hawkman persona.

Not a great read, sorry. Hoping they return the character to his roots!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e8c708) out of 5 stars Pretty darned bad fate for a hero who deserves better July 18 2014
By J. Hundley - Published on
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DC seems to really hate Hawkman. That seems like the only real way to look at this horrid New 52 reboot (volume 2 is worse, by the way). The dialog is almost, but not quite, bad enough to be funny. The artwork is mediocre.

The last good run on poor old HM was John's Endless Flight arc, back when, and even that ran out of steam after a while. Dang it, Carter Hall deserves better writers and artists. It's no wonder this was a pretty quick mercy killing. Don't blame Hawkman, blame his caretakers who no longer seem to care.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e8caf8) out of 5 stars Gentleman Ghost makes a welcome appearance March 2 2013
By baby nightsoil - Published on
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This book has received a lot of flack from critics all over our Internet, but this book is actually a decent read. I am strongly biased because I love Gentleman Ghost as a character and I'm happy that he makes an appearance in this book and so early in the New 52 universe. It's not the best book from the first round of books, but it's a pleasant afternoon read.