Like Noisy, I’m not really into DC Classics wave twenty. I know the line will continue through the sub, but it seems like a lackluster way to end a generally good run. Of course my feelings are also compounded by the loss of the true universe.
The story of Hawk and Dove is a bit convoluted. The original 1968 Hawk and Dove crime fighter duo was portrayed by Hank and Don Hall, two brothers who had opposing viewpoints when it came to violence. Although they often disagreed, their personalities were perfectly matched to balance each other out. Don kept Hank from becoming too brutal, while Hank pushed Don from his indecisiveness. The team’s superhero exploits came to an end in 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths, where Don was killed by a shadow demon while trying to help civilians evacuate.
Hank took Don’s death hard, and without his brother to keep him in check, he became a darker and more violent character. Luckily Hank was able to be roped back in by his new partner, a young lady named Dawn Granger. She mysteriously received Don’s powers the instant he died. It wasn’t till later that She and Hank discovered their powers originated from a Lord of Order (for Dove), and a Lord of Chaos (for Hawk). Together they were to be an earthly representation of the two opposites coexisting.
The story of Hawk and Dove was pretty simple and mostly decent up until this point, but then it got a bit screwy. I was never a big fan of the Lords of Order and Chaos, and Hawk and Dove started delving pretty deeply into those ideas. At one point they even traveled to a magical land where they could exist in their “true” bird-like/warrior states.
To make things even worse for the pair, the Armageddon 2001 crossover was just around the corner. The big bad of this series was Monarch, a future dictator of Earth. A time traveler named Waverider journeyed back to the current DCU to discover which hero would become this ruthless tyrant. The original plan by the editors was to make him Captain Atom, but word leaked out and this was changed at the last minute with Hawk being revealed as Monarch. He traveled back in time and murdered Dawn, causing present Hank to go insane and take the first steps to becoming Monarch.
Eventually Hank/Monarch would go on to absorb Waverider’s energy and become the time traveling villain Extant. As Extant, he decimated the original JSA, mostly by aging them to their proper age. And he assisted Hal Jordan/Parallax in erasing the universe in Zero Hour.
Things got even crazier under Geoff Johns in the JSA books: Atom Smasher and Metron killed Extant by putting him on a crashing plane. The evil wizard Mordru tricked Hawk into having sex with a comatose Dove, and then disguised her as Lyta Hall and hid her away in a hospital. Hawk and Dove’s child turned out to be Hawkman’s reincarnated son, Hector Hall. Hector would become the new Doctor Fate, Hank would die, only to be resurrected in Blackest Night, and Dove would start dating Deadman.
Whew… Got all that? Continue to page 2…