Death of Hawkman #1
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Death of Hawkman #1

Writer: Marc Andreyko Artist: Aaron Lopresti Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 5, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 10
7.4Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

Residing on Earth and out of the hero game, Adam Strange finds himself trying to live a "normal" life, until he's literally pulled back into adventure again when a seemingly normal Zeta beam transmission returns him to the planet Rann, where he hopes to be reunited with his beloved Alanna. But instead he finds the once-great city of Ranagar in ruins, with millions dead, and the once peaceful Alanna is now calling for the blood of Rann's oldest enemy, Thanagar, home of the Hawkmen. Sensing something is amiss, Strange finds an ally in Hawkman, who also is trying anything possible to avert war. Don't miss the start of this sensational new six-is more

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Ray W Oct 5, 2016

    Death of Hawkman #1 is off to a strong start as Adam Strange tries to piece together what has happened to Rann. The team working on this did an incredible job on this first issue, and I cant wait to read the next one. If you're a fan of either of these heroes or the creative team, check this title out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 8, 2016

    The story is just getting started here, and so far, I'm hooked. Here's hoping the title star gets more time in the spotlight next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Oct 5, 2016

    So I guess my advice is to rip the cover off, burn it, and pretend it never existed. Then youll enjoy Adam Strange #1 far more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Pop Break - Mark Henely Oct 5, 2016

    Artist Aaron Lopresti also deserves some credit in this issue. He does a great job at framing action and pacing out the story. Also, he makes Hawkman look like a real badass in the opening fight scene. We need Hawkman to look impressive so it has a bigger impact when he eventually goes down. Lopresti has set the table very nicely for his downfall and I can't wait to see it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 5, 2016

    The first issue really surprised me and feels a bit Flash Gordon with a potential buddy cop story coming. I want to see what's going on as Andreyko has set the comic up to build on the mystery and it works for me. I think what has really sold me though is Adam Strange. This is a character I've never cared about, but all I want now is a pulp space adventure featuring Strange and written by Andreyko. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Oct 7, 2016

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - John Patterson Oct 5, 2016

    DC have thrown the reading audience a bit of a curve ball with this first issue, and, dare I say, breathed fresh life into what I expected to be an somewhat predictable title. However, I am Strangely (see what I did there?) pleased to find my prejudices being challenged and am incredibly excited to get my hands on the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Oct 5, 2016

    This is going to be a quick six months and I suspect when we get to the final panel of issue six, the full tragedy will be revealed. I know that by the time this story is over, I will go back to this issue and start all over. I will mark my calendar for the first week of November so I can be the first to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 5, 2016

    This was a nice re-introduction to one of DC's forgotten gems. It wasn't stuffed with action, but solid character building. Plenty of time to go heavy on the action later. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 6, 2016

    Apart from the opening flash-forward scene, this book is almost completely focused on Adam Strange as he languishes on Earth and tries to figure out how to return to Rann. It's not a particularly flashy or exciting opening (that opening scene aside), but it does serve as a great character study of a man who simply misses his wife and the call of adventure. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 5, 2016

    While you might be picking this title up for some much needed Hawkman action, you won't get a lot of that here and instead get a Adam Strange backstory that led our heroes into this series.  With that though, this issue is still fun and looks great.  Hopefully things pick up in the next issue because even though this opener was slower than I thought it would be, it's got my full attention. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Aaron Reese Oct 11, 2016

    So far, Andreyko and Lopestri have managed to keep the story light, despite the grim circumstances of our heroes. It's a balancing act that doesn't falter once in the first issue. I look forward to seeing more adventures of Adam Strange and Hawkman...well, for as long as Hawkman survives. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Oct 5, 2016

    What we have with Death of Hawkman is a mystery, but not the one that the title leads you to believe. To Andreyko’s credit, it’s an incredibly accessible book, with no prior knowledge really required for either the Hawkman or Adam Strange bits. Whether this results in the comic book death that makes the world stop and shrug in unison is yet to be seen, but it’s off to an interesting if not wholly arresting start. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    GWW - Comicbooknostalgia Oct 6, 2016

    All in all this was an enjoyable issue. As I said I was not a big Adam Strange fan before this issue so the comic's ability to bring me up to speed on his origin, powers and relationships was great. The only issue I have is a small problem with the time jump. I don't mind time jumps, but I prefer that it be resolved before the end of the issue and this left us a bit short of that. Overall, worth the view if you are a Hawkman fan or want to get to know Adam Strange a bit more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Oct 11, 2016

    DC are in the midst of the final third act of Rebirth, withthe majority of their previously announced books hitting the shops and our wallets. Still, it is good to see that they have learnt their lesson from New 52. Instead of getting an ongoing series, which somehow manages to get cancelled, DC are taking the “dip your toes in the water approach”. This is a great way to whet the appetite of the readers, but to fully the succeed the book needs to be of a high standard. This book isn't there yet, but it is only the first issue. To determine success, the whole mini series will need to be taken as a whole, with this book hopefully enticing you to pick up the remainder of the run. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Oct 5, 2016

    I'm willing to give this issue a free pass, as I trust Andreyko as a writer, but for my four bucks, I really expect to get a little more Hawkman in a Hawkman comic. Had Adam Strange remained a co-headliner, then this issue would have more significantly more legitimacy. As it stands, it's more a prequel (and we all now how those go) to the action soon to erupt in the pages of the next few issues of Death of Hawkman. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 5, 2016

    We can all just wait until a news site confirms Hawkman's death in issue six. It won't be spectacular. It won't have consequences on the universe, and since there's been zero work put into Hawkman's character or relationships since the DC reboot, no one will even be at the funeral. Unless it's to spit on his worthless grave. Maybe they'll reincarnate him into a character worth reading" too bad Adam Strange will still be boring and suck. Read Full Review

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