Story: Robert Venditti
Art: Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie
Colors: Jeremiah Shipper
Letterer: Starkings & Comicraft
What They Say:
The time-and-space-tossed Hawkman arrives at his latest destination, the sub-atomic world known as the Microverse. Luckily, he meets an old friend there—his longtime Justice League partner the Atom. Ray Palmer learns that the past lives of Carter Hall leave clues for the Winged Wonder to follow. Too bad the next clue leads them to a thinking planet known as Moz-Ga, who’s thinking he’d like very much to destroy Hawkman and Atom!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The first four issues of this series has been a whole lot of fun in getting to see Carter getting sent to different places and times to get a handle on who he was in the past. Robert Venditti has kept the cast very small overall with only Carter carrying through from issue to issue, which is a big plus in my book even as we get guest stars. Bryan Hitch has been doing great stuff from panel one and that continues through here as we head to the Microverse and explore what’s going on there with the Atom. I’ve always enjoyed this particular space when used by comic universe and the DC side offers up plenty of fun.
Dropping Carter in here was certainly a surprise and just seeing the big hug he and Ray share upon seeing each other is fantastic as they have quite a history – going back to chasing bank robbers and all that simple stuff. Ray, being of the scientific bent, is eager to learn about what he’s doing here and the how of it and that leads to a good discussion once they head back to Ray’s subatomic lab. It’s a lot of fun seeing this particular world he operates from and the setup he has because it places him firmly as a guardian of this universe, watching over it and doing right by it. But we also see how accessible he is in working with Carter to understand what’s going on and even becoming excited by it because it’s totally his science jams.
What we get is that at some point Carter found himself here in a past life and left something, which he realizes is Nth Metal. Since he’s working toward putting all the clues together for the big picture it’s important to find it since it could be a weapon of some sort as well. Amusingly, it’s buried in what looks like a dead world in the Microverse but Ray points out that it’s sentient. Moz-Ga had a wizard come here ages ago and bonded with the planet but turned it dead on the surface because of all the pilgrims that came and constantly demand favors from him. That means, naturally, that Moz-Ga doesn’t want them there and it turns to a fight pretty quickly, one that Carter goes big and hard on because he’s definitely not leaving without the Nth Metal.
Hawkman continues to be a hell of a lot of fun. Bringing him into Ray’s orbit for a bit is a delight and it continues on in the next issue as there’s a bit of fighting still to go. It’s just a delight to see these two together as they’ve got the history to work with and Ray’s great with his enthusiasm in trying to figure out what’s going on with Carter, helping to smooth out the narrative a little more. Bryan Hitch makes this a great read with how he brings the Microverse to life as well but also just in showing off Ray’s place and the big action sequence with all the craziness there. It’s a very fun issue coming after four previous fun and engaging issues to enjoy.
Age Rating: 15+
Released By: DC Comics via DC Universe
Release Date: October 10th, 2018