REVIEW: Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk #1
Did you get a chance to pick up Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk #1 from your local comic shop last week? Here at Marvel Blog, we grabbed our copy, and we loved the one-shot anthology! Here’s why we think you should consider picking up this issue, Marvel Blog True Believers!
Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk
Like a few of the comics we have reviewed lately here on Marvel Blog, this EXTRA LONG (33 pages!) one-shot has several different stories contained within it, making it an anthology comic – one of our favorite kinds of floppies because it introduces us to different creators.
However, this Darkhawk issue distinguished itself from other recent anthologies by organizing it around the beginning, middle, and (not the) end of Darkhawk’s super hero adventures, making it an ideal introduction to the character for those who are not as familiar with him!
1. “Cry of the City”
In the first story, “Cry of the City” by Danny Fingeroth, Mike Manley, and Chris Sotomayor, you see an adventure that took place early on in Chris Powell’s adventures as Darkhawk, giving you an idea of the character’s skill-set and origin.
This Darkhawk story is a “street level” adventure, like a Spider-Man story, so you have issues like secret identities and protecting civilians to consider. Get ready for your friendly neighborhood, Darkhawk… well, maybe one day…
2. “Long Way From Home”
The second story, “Long Way From Home” by Dan Abnett, Andrea Di Vito, Le Beau Underwood, and Sebastian Cheng, is a Cosmic Marvel story, meaning that it’s set in a faraway locale and things like “daily life in New York” are not a pressing concern!
The second story has a very different flavor from the first one, and gives you a chance to see a different side of the character.
3. “Last Flight”
And the final story, “Last Flight,” by Kyle Higgins, Juanan Ramírez, and Erick Arciniega, is something of a cliffhanger, serving as an introduction to the next stage of Darkhawk’s adventures, which we are told will take place “later this year,” when he “soars again.”
All three of these stories were lettered by Travis Lanham, who does an excellent job throughout!
While Darkhawk’s narration boxes are a tricky white-text on dark blue color scheme (see the panel from the first story), they are never difficult to read. And the main cover by InHyuk Lee is a clever combination of the three elements emphasized by each of the stories contained within!
The Past, Present, and Future Darkhawk
We’re very intrigued to see what’s next for Darkhawk, and if you’re curious about what might be in store for the Marvel superhero, then Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk #1 is a perfect opportunity to learn the 1, 2, 3s of the character. Furthermore, these stories would be an excellent foundation for future reading about the character on Marvel Unlimited, as each of the stories provides an introduction into a different phase of the character’s history.
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