Death of Hawkman #2 highlights separate storylines of the mini-series two leads. On Rann, Adam Strange tries to prevent his adopted home from retaliating after an attack everyone assumes came from Thanagar. Because the victims of the attack included his father-in-law, Strange finds no solace at home while trying to argue reason over rash action.
Although there are certainly some oddities here, Justice League United launches with a zero issue rather than a #1, the timing of the book is a bit nebulous (taking place sometime after DC’s still running Forever Evil crossover event and with a non-Red Lantern Supergirl), I’ve got to say DC’s grouping of a Canadian-based Justice League team written by Jeff Lemire with art by Mike McKone is better (and funnier) than expected and could be the New 52‘s best new title since Worlds’ Finest.
Okay, so I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Stargirl is going to be part of the New 52. Forgetting, for the moment, that the character makes no sense without the JSA (which never existed on this Earth), I’m happy to see one of DC’s young blonde heroine returning to the fold (even if it is the wrong one!). Here’s the bad news, Stargirl with be a part of the new Justice League of America featuring the Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Katana, the (yet to be named) new Green Lantern, Hawkman, Vibe, and Catwoman. Really DC? Fucking Vibe?! And Katana and Catwoman (both of who are fugitives in the New 52)? The comic will be written by Geoff Johns (who’s given us the very uneven Justice League) and drawn by David Finch (who’s given us the truly awful Batman: The Dark Knight). So, um, Yah?
In terms of convoluted history there are few who can stand toe-to-toe with Hawkman. The character has been rebooted so many times, each adding a unique spin from everything from a reincarnated Egyptian pharaoh to a space cop, it would be almost impossible to add anything new to the mix that would make less sense. And yet, writer Tony S. Daniel finds a way.