Yes, that would be a cool fight to see, but that’s not what this post is about actually. Well, it is, kind of. I’ve been reading the New 52’s Savage Hawkman since it started back nine issues ago. It started off okay, but not great, and every issue I read seemed less satisfying than the one before it. Plus, the artwork was starting to bother me. Maybe I’m a purist when it comes to comic book art, but I like really clean pencils, and to me the artwork in Savage Hawkman just seemed sloppy.
About a month ago, after reading issue #8, I posted on Twitter that I was thinking of dumping Hawkman for the new Batgirl comic book. The response I got was crystal clear—do it. Batgirl, apparently, has been kicking some serious butt out there.I did manage to read the first two issues of it, but for some reason haven’t yet jumped on board. I like the Batgirl character, but now that I’ve started reading Hawkman I feel committed. As I mentioned way back in my original Hawkman post, he’s a character that interested me for a long time, but I never read any comics with him because I didn’t know where to jump in. Then, when DC decided to relaunch him it seemed like the perfect time. Now, after finally jumping in, I’m afraid to jump out!
I know, the answer is obviously to just read Batgirl too. Why trade one for the other, right? But I already read about ten different comics a month, and that seems like just the right balance for me. Right around the time that I finish the pile the lady at the comic book store calls to tell me my next batch of books is in.
Thankfully, Savage Hawkman has a new artist on the job as of issue #9. I read it yesterday and it’s a vast improvement, so for now I think I’ll stick with it, and maybe sneak in a bit of Batgirl here and there. One thing though—I’m not getting the whole “savage” Hawkman thing. Honestly, he hasn’t been very savage at all. They might want to rethink that. Either drop the nickname or have him really tear it up. Personally, I’d prefer the latter.