Written by STERLING GATES / Art by ROB LIEFELD
Colors by MATT YACKEY / Letters by DEZI SIENTY
At some point during your childhood, you were all told the story of the goose that laid the golden egg. Unfortunately, Hawk and Dove managed to lay nothing, but a rather boring and poorly drawn egg. While there are many comics in the New 52 that are rising to the occasion, Hawk and Dove falls flat and leaves readers empty handed.
Hawk and Dove are characters that need a solid effort in order to stand out in the midst of superheroes like Superman and Batman (or any other DC hero, let’s be honest). Instead of getting that much needed effort from Sterling Gates; we get a subpar script that features a science terrorist, zombies, constant reminders of who Hawk and Dove are, and an awkward relationship between the two. Gates does a decent job setting up the story by immediately introducing Alexander Quirk, the scientist responsible for the Monsters of Mass Destruction, and his plan to attack the United States’ capital. I’ll be honest, I am not the biggest fan of political attacks because they grow old rather quickly, but if you’re going to go that route adding zombies to the mix is a nice touch.
While the plot has potential, the dialogue and characters’ relationship lack. The first thing we learn about our heroes is that Hawk is the embodiment of machismo and likes to smash things, while Dove is compassionate and is concerned with safety. I understand that Hawk is the Avatar of War and Dove is the Avatar of Peace, but the dialogue between them kills me. All it is, is a constant reminder of their conflicting personalities. Aside from the dialogue, Gates also drops the ball when it comes to Hawk and Dove’s relationship. When you start reading the issue you feel as if Hawk and Dove have not been fighting together long and are adjusting to each other. However, not only do we find out that they have actually been fighting together for several years, but Hawk does not know his partner’s origin! I do not know about you, but if I am fighting by your side I should know who you are.
And then there’s Rob Liefeld’s art, which in my opinion (and everyone else’s) is dated. Hawk and Dove looks like it was taken straight out of 90s with Liefeld’s harsh facial expressions and character’s with overly muscular physiques. While this may have worked for Cable and X-Force, I can safely say that it does not work for Hawk and Dove. Aside from the signature Liefeld touches, this issue has many inconsistencies and irregularities. For example, if you look closely at the news reporter’s face on the first page you will see her eyes are all over the place. You will also notice characters’ body sizes change through the issue when they drawn in different poses (take a look at Deadman). I may not be an illustrator, but Liefeld may want someone to look over his art before its submitted.
In the end, Gates’ script for this reboot was subpar at best and Liefeld’s poorly drawn action scenes and overly exaggerated physiques sure did not help. Hopefully Gates can save this series based on story alone because something tells me I should not expect much from Liefeld.
WRITING: 1 / ART: .5 / OVERALL: 1