For the first issue of a new mini-series entitled Death of Hawkman there’s not much Hawkman. Aside from the first few panels featuring Hawkman and Adam Strange post-battle nearly the entire comic shifts to Earth days prior and Adam Strange being trapped and unable to reach Rann when it comes under attack from Thanagar.
Although there’s far less Hawkman than advertised (and I’m not even sure which version of the hero we’re getting her following DC’s Rebirth reboot), Death of Hawkman #1 is actually quite a bit of fun. While I’ve never been that big a fan of Adam Strange, writer Marc Andreyko presents a story of the scientist turned hero that is a pleasant surprise.
While I’m still on the fence with artist’s Aaron Lopresti version of Hawkman (which has a bit too much New 52 influence for my tastes), I love the look of Adam Strange here. As the series turns darker with the looming war I’m a little afraid some of the magic and fun on display may fade, but there’s enough in these pages to at least get me back for one more issue. Worth a look.