MarvelBlog REVIEW: Darkhawk #2
The series that is set to revitalize one of Marvel’s most obscure heroes presents a chapter that truly changes everything we know about the character thus far; this is our review of Darkhawk #2.
The debut issue of the series set the main character, Connor Young, from a young boy who had every prospect he could imagine, to a young man given a wealth of challenges unwillingly set before him.
Young was diagnosed with MS, and the one thing that writer Kyle Higgins does incredibly well makes that diagnosis immensely real to the reader.
This is not an affliction that should be taken lightly, nor is it something that should simply be the footnote to the characterization of a Marvel hero; it should be taken seriously and handled with immense care, something that Higgins accomplishes.
Darkhawk #2 shows Connor and his father still trying to figure out this disease, with bumps in the road, while the series touches on the horrid financial implications of what this means for both Young and his father.
Thus far, that is what is most enjoyable about what both Kyle Higgins and artist Juanan Ramirez are able to do; balance the reality of Connor’s situation, with the excitement of a superhero story.
Ramirez is an immensely creative writer, with his art style formulating itself around the narrative, some of his best pages are both Darkhawk springing into action, as well as the heartbreaking moments of Connor’s failure to administer himself medicine correctly.
It is this commitment to using Darkhawk- a character that is easily one of the coolest looking in Marvel’s pantheon- and formulating a true hero’s journey around him.
It is also a book that bears massive stakes, with Connor and his best friend Derek at odds on what side of the good and evil spectrum both of them sit.
The issue ends with tragedy, and it brilliantly leads into the major conflict of the Darkhawk series; as the reader can’t help but root for its title character.