The Key To Her Past: ‘Hawkman #22 Reviewed’

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
The Atom, Adam Strange, and Hawkwoman are racking their brains trying to find a cure for Hawkman’s Dark Multiverse infection. Shayera touches the Key and it seemingly unlocks her memory of her past lives.  Hawkwoman and Sky Tyrant then have a discussion about their pasts and the conversation is suddenly interrupted by the Tyrant being tossed around the cell–seemingly by Carter himself. However, the Tyrant uses this as an opportunity to get the drop on Shayera. She doesn’t fall for the trap, but this still leaves the Sky Tyrant free on the ship.

Hawkman #22 cover by Mikel Janín
Hawkman #22 cover by Mikel Janín

Hawkman #22 once again finds Carter and his closest friends struggling with the Dark Multiverse infection that has brought about the Sky Tyrant. 
This issue largely focuses on Shayera and her rediscovery of her past lives. She deeply believes that a piece of Carter is still alive inside the Sky Tyrant, but she now needs to know more about her past–and she knows Sky Tyrant and/or Carter know more than they’re telling.
Sky Tyrant is solidified as a vicious coward in this issue; he reveals a lot about his life on Earth-3 to Shayera. He’s not the blustering warrior he makes himself out to be.
Unfortunately, the Infected Hawkman storyline doesn’t seem to completely close out in this issue. This one has a massive cliffhanger that seems to still involve the Sky Tyrant.
Hawkman #22 art by Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Wade von Grawbadger, Jeromy Cox, and letterer Rob Leigh
Hawkman #22 art by Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Wade von Grawbadger, Jeromy Cox, and letterer Rob Leigh

Fernando Pasarin once again makes this a stellar-looking comic. His ability to imbue detail, personality, and emotion into each character is stunning. He can craft a damn good action sequence too. Inkers Oclair Albert and Wade von Grawbadger provide some skillful work in their department. Color artist Jeromy Cox gives the book a vibrant treatment, ensuring that every page pops.
Hawkman #22 provides some intriguing revelations about both Hawkwoman and Sky Tyrant. While it doesn’t bring the Infected storyline to a conclusion, it is still an engaging issue with great visuals. As such, it earns a recommendation. Check it out.
Hawkman #22 come to us from writer Robert Venditti, artist Fernando Pasarin, inkers Oclair Albert and Wade von Grawbadger, color artist Jeromy Cox, letterer Rob Leigh, cover artist Mikel Janín, and variant cover artist Gerardo Zaffino.
Final Score: 7.5/10

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