Hawkman #23

Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Marcio Takara, Fernando Pasarin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 6, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 19
8.7Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

Cloaked in black and wearing the eerie mask of a hawk, the mysterious Plague Doctor roams 17th century Europe in an attempt to ease the suffering of those who fall victim to the Black Death. But how is the Doctor supposed to help anyone when he's hated and feared for his unique immunity to the disease? It's mind versus body as Carter Hall relives his most tragic past life in a last stand to fight off Sky Tyrant's control over his body for good!

  • 10
    Hawkworld - Tim Board May 5, 2020

    Venditti continues to give us panels that are so touching or full of impact. This issue was no exception. It seems like an easy read, but after reading it a few times over, you catch things you missed or didn't realize the first time. With Venditti, one read is never enough. That's good writing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson May 5, 2020

    Hawkman #23 is such a joy to read. The timing and pacing of every issue of this series are a standout and the heroes and villains alike are nuanced. Carter's journey is far from over. He and Shayera have innumerable adventures that can be penned. Hopefully, this series goes on to record many of them, if not all. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd May 6, 2020

    Great runs on comics manage to balance action, character and world building. Robert Venditti has shown that he's a master of character driven stories that reveal something about human nature along the way. Hawkman #23 is an example of one of those issues that puts character and world building at the forefront. Moreover, the thoughtful reader will take time to examine what's being said and the issue will get better. That's when you read it again. You should probably buy it again as well. Prepare, yourself to be moved emotionally and intellectually when reading this issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 5, 2020

    While this wasn't the most eventful issue, the confident flow of the story and strong art make this another installment of Hawkman easily worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 1, 2020

    Wash your hands and keep social distancing, friends! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 6, 2020

    Venditti's usually known as a bombastic, action-based writer, but this and the recent Superman stories he's been writing for DC's digital-first and giants lines show he has a real knack for strong character work. This remains one of DC's most underrated titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt May 6, 2020

    Again, 23 issues in and Venditti keeps this title as fresh as ever. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke May 5, 2020

    I'm not a usual Hawkman reader, but found an important message within this latest issue many will relate to. It's also a pretty good historical fiction one-shot tale showing that Hawkman has had many lives and many adventures worth exploring. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze May 5, 2020

    All in all, I felt myself drawn back into the series through the events of Hawkman #23. This brought the Sky Tyrant story to an end, while at the same time setting us up for something big to come next. It didn't hurt either that fans of Hawkman and Hawkgirl were given a scene we were all looking forward to by the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 6, 2020

    Given that this issue started off as an epilogue to a fairly questionable DC event, Hawkman #23 really doesn't have the right to be as good as it is, especially as it sidesteps the panic of today's issues and delivers a surprisingly sobering message about resisting our inner demons even when times seem dire. Sold by Takara's evocative designs, Hawkman #23 is perhaps the best print comic DC has on the stands this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens May 7, 2020

    This creative team has empathetically tackled the idea of pandemics. Venditti asks us to take a look at ourselves and say, "What can I control in this time?" If the answer is just you, that's good enough. This issue takes time out of the plot to tell us this side story. While a nice break from the main plot in most series is often welcome, this break in the plot feels particularly right. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 5, 2020

    While we do get an interesting flashback to one of Carter and Shayera's past lives and a really cool cliffhanger that brings this series back to something that feels like the Batman Who Laughs' infection storyline was nothing but forced nonsense, it's because we were given that forced nonsense that I want a satisfying conclusion to it and in this issue we simply see that the infection is over and that's it.  We're moving on now and I'm excited for what's to come, but everything that has led up to this feels so small because us how simple it is just tossed aside here. Read Full Review

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