This week Hawkman enters the DC Metal fray in Hawkman Found, and a new future begins in Image Comics’ Bonehead!
Hawkman Found #1 (DC Comics)
DC’s Metal event isn’t just a crazy way to introduce a bunch of new monsters and enemies, it’s also giving the publisher a new avenue to bring back some of their classic characters, and Hawkman is first on their list of resurrections. With Jeff Lemire and Bryan Hitch on the creative side of things, Hawkman Found isn’t a necessary piece of the Metal puzzle, but it’s definitely a fun one.
Lost in the dark multiverse, Carter Hall dreams of flying. In fact, these dreams are the only way he has of passing the time. Stuck in an endless cycle of torment, Hall knows that he was once someone of importance, a hero. But now all he knows are the creatures that he must fight every day to survive in this hellish world, and that there is no escape for him.
Jeff Lemire has made a name for himself with character based series like Animal Man and Black Hammer, and he brings that characteristic of his writing to Hawkman Found as well. Those looking for an action packed issue featuring Hawkman battling monsters will be very disappointed. But like the Batman Lost special from last month, this issue sets the stage very well and shows how dark and mysterious the Dark Multiverse is. Lemire is able to get into the mind of Carter Hall and make him both pitiable and inspiring, which isn’t an easy task at all.
Bryan Hitch has been pretty hit or miss lately with his current comic art, but I have to say, Hawkman Found is some of his best work in ages. Hitch clearly took his time with this special, and while some panels have the weird facial expressions I’ve come to expect in his art, there’s still plenty of jaw dropping panels and splash pages done in only a way that Hitch can draw them.
Hawkman Found doesn’t have any jaw-dropping revelations for the ongoing Metal event, but fans of the character (or those who have never seen him before), will probably enjoy seeing Carter Hall take the skies once more. All signs are pointing to this issue being another slam dunk for DC, so who knows, maybe we won’t have to wait very long to see Hawkman on the shelves again.
Bonehead #1 (Image Comics)
With a futuristic world filled with drones, overzealous cops, and sweet VR helmets, you’d think that Image Comics’ new series Bonehead would be pretty cool. But aside from the stellar art from Rhoald Marcellius, the Bryan Hill series is pretty bland .There’s no real stakes that I can tell here, and the characters are all pretty base level.
In the future, humans can use VR headsets lovingly referred to as “Boneheads”. The mysterious 56 uses his helmet to not only augment his awesome Parkour abilities, but also assist some members of the downtrodden in his future society. After running afoul of the police and a group of thugs while running a routine test of his Bonehead, 56 and his partner find themselves with a new drone to hack, and also with an unwelcome police officer at their door.
While some Image series fall prey to the dreaded “first issue info dump” Bonehead just drops you right into the action. While I appreciate that Bryan Hill didn’t feel the need to bog down his introductory issue with an explanation of his world, I have to say, a LITTLE exposition wouldn’t have hurt this either. Aside from the character names, I really feel like I have little to no idea about how the world of Bonehead operates, nor can I see anything that I haven’t already seen before in other comics, TV, and movies.
At least the things I’m seeing in Bonehead are nice to look at. I’ve never seen Rhoald Marcellius’ art before, but after reading this issue all I can say is WOW. Marcellius will make a big splash with this issue, and I won’t be surprised to see his name on a lot more comics whenever Bonehead wraps up.
While Bonehead wasn’t entirely the comic I was expecting, there’s some potential for it. But the lack of any sort of idea for what this series is about doesn’t make me that excited to keep going. Here’s hoping Bonehead reads better in trade paperback form.