HAWKMAN RETURNS!

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The Winged Warrior will take flight once again when DC Comics launches a new Hawkman solo series this summer.

Spinning out of the tumultuous events of Dark Nights : Metal that turned Cater Hall’s world upside down the new solo series will debut this summer, written by long time Green Lantern scribe Robert Venditti and illustrated by acclaimed artist Bryan Hitch.

“[Metal] has really elevated Carter Hall/Hawkman (Katar Hol) and brought him back to the DC universe in an [exciting] way,” Venditti said in a statement to The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs. “That’s really what Bryan and I’s vision for the series is, as well”

Hawkman is not the only winged individual returning to the DC Universe as Hawkgirl was recently announced as post of the roster for Scott Snyder’s upcoming Justice League relaunch and, as confirmed by Venditti, will indeed play a role in the evolving story of Katar Hol.

“She’s as foundational to the concept of really in a lot of ways that Hawkman is,” Venditti said. “Now how we’re going to do that is hopefully going to be set up in a way that will surprise some people. Even when she’s not there on the page, she’ still there in terms of what we’re building and how we’re working towards it.”

With both characters playing large roles in the currently unfolding Dark Nights : Metal event, the stage is set for Hawkman to reenter the DC Universe in a big way.

Bryan Hitch, who recently concluded a lengthy run on Justice League has spent a great deal of his recent career focusing on team books, and will now have the opportunity to flush out an explore a single character. If his cover art is any indication, we can expect great things to come.

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“That changes the way you think about a page or a panel,” Hitch said when discussing his approach to the forthcoming book. “it certainly makes the work quicker, having fewer characters or elements in each scene, but it also allows for you to make the character the absolute focus of each scene, page or moment. It’s a different process and, hopefully, will give us some striking visuals that focus solely on Hawkman. Those wings need a lot of room.”

Fans of Hawkman’s trademark mace needn’t worry, it’s presents will be seen and felt.

“Mace action,” Hitch said, “will be swift and merciless.”

Hawkman debuts in June, from DC Comics.

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