Posted by:
Byron Brewer

Review: The Savage Hawkman #9


Rob Liefeld has arrived at The Savage Hawkman and, as a longtime lover of this character back to his days in the JLA, no one could be more excited than me.

And you can just tell right away Liefeld has definite and exciting plans for Mr. Hall because these pages are crackling with energy the likes of which are usually reserved for books by the likes of Johns and Lee.

Right away, we find a new direction and a new feel to this book, and I hope this can keep the cancellation boogeyman away when a New Wave crashes to the New 52 shores.

With the introduction this issue of the evil Xerxes, this book is not simply called Savage Hawkman – it feels savage. Everything done by the birdman seems elemental and a part of him. We have the wonder we used to have back in the days when we were reading about a cop from Thangoria.

Not that everything was to my liking. As good as the art is by Joe Bennett and Art Thibert, I wish Liefeld was handling this book’s art chores as well as its plotting. I mean, look at the cover of #9. It is practically flying of the LCS shelves! That is what Hawkman deserves at this point in his career.

So welcome, Mr. Liefeld, and I hope you are able to breathe as much life into this series as you have with your premiere issue!