This book is a lot of fun for readers like myself who have grown up on a steady diet of 1940 detective dramas, as this issue has a grand old time playing within the confines of the genre, and paying homage to a number of plot devices that are a regular part of these stories. I mean one has to love the way that Hawkman's past life barrels his way through the mystery, pushing aside all the various underlings and unexpected plot twists that he encounters. We also get a pretty effective main villain and this in turn allow Ed Brubaker to inject elements of the more fantastic variety, and the final moments of our hero and his lady love are nice mix of sweetness and tragedy. The story also has some nice historical touches like the idea that his ever loyal partner is preparing to head off to join the war effort, and in a clever touch we learn the identity of this man, and this revelation makes for a fun twist that nicely sets this adventure up as the inspiration for the classic Dashiell Hammet Read Full Review
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