Darkhawk #51
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Darkhawk #51

Writer: Chad Bowers, Chris Sims Artist: Kev Walker Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 29, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 5
6.8Critic Rating
5.7User Rating

The RETURN Part 1 (OF 1)
Years ago, Chris Powell discovered a mysterious amulet that allowed him to transform into the spacefaring gladiator known as DARKHAWK. With his newfound edge against crime, he stood against some of the most extreme threats the Marvel Universe has to offer! Now, when two members of the Fraternity of Raptors descend on New York with designs on stealing the amulet and returning it to the stars, it's not Darkhawk who has to rise to the challenge...it's Chris Powell!
Rated T+

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 30, 2017

    I've enjoyed some of the one-shots released so far but this one makes the case it should continue and makes you question why it's taken so long for this series to pick up again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Wendel Nov 30, 2017

    Good art and a great story but it leaves you wanting a lot more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - AJ Frost Nov 30, 2017

    This issue certainly lays out the most compelling case for continuing the storyline, even if its just to finish off the run. But yeah, Darkhawk is most deserving of a follow-up! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Nov 29, 2017

    Believe it or not, I do still recommend this comic. My criticisms werent enough to sink the comic for me; they only made this a little underwhelming as a one-shot. It clashes against the framework of its presentation, but the story is still functional and engaging. Plus, Walker and Tartaglia turn in some great work here. Give it a read. This would make for a great series if it can take off. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 29, 2017

    A fun blast from the past that has the potential to be more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Blair Marnell Nov 30, 2017

    Chad Bowers and Chris Sims not only pay tribute to Darkhawk's past, they advance the story for his alter ego, Chris Powell, and it feels like a natural step forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Dec 4, 2017

    Nothing too original but a great, fun throw-back issue to a '90s Marvel property and a narrative homage to a series that Hasbro and Marvel really need to reprint. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Dec 4, 2017

    I didnt mind what I read in the pages of Darkhawk but Im not 100% sure I would also recommened it to anybody but Darkhawk fans. There are a few issues towards the books conclusion almost like this book is missing a few pages but as a one shot introduction its effective enough. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Dec 2, 2017

    While this isn't a game changing Darkhawk issue to drool over, it's a solid comic book. Successfully bringing both new and old readers up to speed before Powell takes on the new Raptor fraternity. If this were an ongoing, I would most certainly continue reading it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 2, 2017

    I appreciate Marvel having some fun with a cool, classic character, but a revival attempt needs a good hook. It needs a reason to exist. And all this issue does is exhaustively review all the crap that Darkhawk has been through for the past 20 years, then promise more of the same. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Nov 29, 2017

    Barring offensive stereotypes, there is no such thing as a bad character - they're only limited by what creators do with them. But as it stands, this one-shot fails to inspire any hope that Bowers and Sims have something new to say and do with Darkhawk. This is basically the comic book equivalent of his Wikipedia entry, and that's not going to be enough to get readers to beg for an ongoing. Diehards will have some fun with the little Easter eggs and nods to continuity that they know, but that's about it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CrazyforRAMU Jun 18, 2018

    Chad Bowers and Chris Sims turn this issue into a public audition to meld Chris "Darkhawk" Powell into Gerry Duggan's current run on Guardians of the Galaxy. It might be a tremendous treat for passionate Darkhawk fans, but that's not me. As an ignoramus on the subject, I found this a thorough introduction - maybe too thorough, but pretty compelling. I think it pulled the curtain a little too far back for a one-shot: Yeah, Powell's complex relationship with his father could be developed into a nice parallel to mentoring the semi-independent Razor in an ongoing series. It weighs this single issue down too heavily, though. Kev Walker's art is superb for the gritty story of Officer Powell; I'm not sure he'd be the right long-term artist if the more

  • 5.0
    Herushalaim Nov 30, 2017

    This comic was average. Nothing special. Nothing worth going out of your way for. If you like Darkhawk, you'll probably like this. The best thing about this comic is its possible connection to Duggan's Guardians of the Galaxy.

  • 7.5
    TheFallenKing13 Nov 29, 2017

  • 5.0
    YourGreenMuse Oct 20, 2018

  • 4.0
    Jabberwocky_Superfly Mar 7, 2018

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