A futile effort, I had attempted to avoid spoilers for DC’s Blackest Night over the next several months (while I wait for the collection) knowing full well that I would likely be spoiled somewhere along the line to one degree or another, and wouldn’t you know it, yesterday I stumbled upon a big ‘ol spoiler as it concerns Hawkman & Hawkgirl in the first issue.
[Blackest Night #1, SPOILER ALERT!]
It’s probably not news to anyone else at this point, but Blackest Night #1 ends with what certainly appears to be the “deaths” of Hawkman & Hawkgirl at the hands of Ralph and Sue Digney, reanimated and possessed Black Lantern incarnations that is. I was actually able to see the scenes in question and let me first say that I really appreciated the care that Johns and Reis were able to take with these two characters in their final moments. These two lovers have been through ‘seven hells’ and back together and it was extremely gratifying to see them reconcile their emotions with one another before they were attacked. As a long time fan I really was moved by it, though it made the ending all the more sad and tragic.
Of course, there’s that part of me that wants to be angry that two of my favorite characters were “killed” when they’ve got so much potential to offer, but then I happily remembered that Geoff Johns is indeed steering the ship and that there’s probably a plan for the two of them beyond their role of reanimated corpses in the Black Lantern army by stories end.
In fact, thanks to the The Stonechat Museum I was able to…ahem…unearth a few comments by Johns at this year’s SDCC spotlight panel as to the role Hawkman & Hawkgirl will play in the mini, why they were chosen by the Black Hand, and that there is something that they specifically offer him as member of the Black Lantern Corp.:
Why Hawkman and Hawkgirl are chosen specifically by Black Hand is a part of the bigger story. They’re characters obviously that have escaped death over and over and over, and so there’ll be more on that and why they’re absorbed into the Black Lantern Corps.
And later, when asked about the possibility of a Hawkman relaunch next year, Geoff Johns in effect tells us we’ll have to ‘wait and see’ but that “right now Hawkman can’t reincarnate.” Now, I’ve no clue as to if that means that one day he’ll be able to, that the curse will be modified, or that they’ll be going an entirely new route with the Hawks, but whatever happens, I’m fairly confident that Geoff Johns will do good by these two, and by the Hawkman mythos in general. He’s spent too much time carefully crafting their story (and doing a fantastic job of it) over the years not to have something up his sleeve beyond their reanimated corpses. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. In the meantime, here’s to Carter and Shiera/Kendra!
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