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I am Batman!!!!

Posted in Batman,Profiles by mrread7 on September 30, 2008

Hello everyone, man it’s getting late and I had a very long night at work. I do mean long but now that September is over and Halloween is only four weeks away. It’s time to unveil Batman month here on the Green Lantern Spotlight. As you know it’s a big time for old Bats. He had the number one movie this summer and is now the 2nd highest grossing movie of all time. He’s being tortured by Darkseid in Final Crisis and right now we are about to see a major change in Batman R.I.P, which wraps up in a few weeks. So, let’s just go into Batman through the ages and see where the Caped Crusader has come since first showing up in Detective Comics in 1928. Straight from Wiki and other great sources.

In early 1938, the success of Superman in Action Comics prompted editors at the comic book division of National Publications (the future DC Comics) to request more superheroes for its titles. In response, Bob Kane created “the Bat-Man”. Collaborator Bill Finger recalled Kane
“ …had an idea for a character called ‘Batman’, and he’d like me to see the drawings. I went over to Kane’s, and he had drawn a character who looked very much like Superman with kind of … reddish tights, I believe, with boots … no gloves, no gauntlets … with a small domino mask, swinging on a rope. He had two stiff wings that were sticking out, looking like bat wings. And under it was a big sign … BATMAN. ”
Finger offered such suggestions as giving the character a cowl instead of a simple domino mask, a cape instead of wings, and gloves, and removing the red sections from the original costume. Finger said he devised the name Bruce Wayne for the character’s secret identity: “Bruce Wayne’s first name came from Robert Bruce, the Scottish patriot. Wayne, being a playboy, was a man of gentry. I searched for a name that would suggest colonialism. I tried Adams, Hancock … then I thought of Mad Anthony Wayne”.

Various aspects of Batman’s personality, character history, visual design and equipment were inspired by contemporary popular culture of the 1930s, including movies, pulp magazines, comic strips, newspaper headlines, and even aspects of Kane himself. Kane noted especially the influence of the films The Mark of Zorro (1920) and The Bat Whispers (1930) in the creation of the iconography associated with the character, while Finger drew inspiration from literary characters Doc Savage, The Shadow, and Sherlock Holmes in his depiction of Batman as a master sleuth and scientist.
Kane himself, in his 1989 autobiography, detailed Finger’s contributions to Batman’s creation:
“ One day I called Bill and said, ‘I have a new character called the Bat-Man and I’ve made some crude, elementary sketches I’d like you to look at’. He came over and I showed him the drawings. At the time, I only had a small domino mask, like the one Robin later wore, on Batman’s face. Bill said, ‘Why not make him look more like a bat and put a hood on him, and take the eyeballs out and just put slits for eyes to make him look more mysterious?’ At this point, the Bat-Man wore a red union suit; the wings, trunks, and mask were black. I thought that red and black would be a good combination. Bill said that the costume was too bright: ‘Color it dark gray to make it look more ominous’. The cape looked like two stiff bat wings attached to his arms. As Bill and I talked, we realized that these wings would get cumbersome when Bat-Man was in action, and changed them into a cape, scalloped to look like bat wings when he was fighting or swinging down on a rope. Also, he didn’t have any gloves on, and we added them so that he wouldn’t leave fingerprints. ”
Kane signed away ownership in the character in exchange for, among other compensation, a mandatory byline on all Batman comics. This byline did not, originally, say “Batman created by Bob Kane”; his name was simply written on the title page of each story. The name disappeared from the comic book in the mid-1960s, replaced by credits for each story’s actual writer and artists. In the late 1970s, when Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster began receiving a “created by” credit on the Superman titles, along with William Moulton Marston being given the byline for creating Wonder Woman, Batman stories began saying “Created by Bob Kane” in addition to the other credits.
Finger did not receive the same recognition. While he had received credit for other DC work since the 1940s, he began, in the 1960s, to receive limited acknowledgment for his Batman writing; in the letters page of Batman #169 (Feb. 1965) for example, editor Julius Schwartz names him as the creator of the Riddler, one of Batman’s recurring villains. However, Finger’s contract left him only with his writing page rate and no byline. Kane wrote, “Bill was disheartened by the lack of major accomplishments in his career. He felt that he had not used his creative potential to its fullest and that success had passed him by”.[6] At the time of Finger’s death in 1974, DC had not officially credited Finger as Batman co-creator.
Jerry Robinson, who also worked with Finger and Kane on the strip at this time, has criticized Kane for failing to share the credit. He recalled Finger resenting his position, stating in a 2005 interview with The Comics Journal:
“ Bob made him more insecure, because while he slaved working on Batman, he wasn’t sharing in any of the glory or the money that Bob began to make, which is why… [he was] going to leave [Kane’s employ]. … [Kane] should have credited Bill as co-creator, because I know; I was there. … That was one thing I would never forgive Bob for, was not to take care of Bill or recognize his vital role in the creation of Batman. As with Siegel and Shuster, it should have been the same, the same co-creator credit in the strip, writer and artist. ”

Although Kane initially rebutted Finger’s claims at having created the character, writing in a 1965 open letter to fans that “it seemed to me that Bill Finger has given out the impression that he and not myself created the ”Batman, t’ [sic] as well as Robin and all the other leading villains and characters. This statement is fraudulent and entirely untrue.” Kane himself also commented on Finger’s lack of credit. “The trouble with being a ‘ghost’ writer or artist is that you must remain rather anonymously without ‘credit’. However, if one wants the ‘credit’, then one has to cease being a ‘ghost’ or follower and become a leader or innovator”.
In 1989, Kane revisited Finger’s situation, recalling in an interview,
“ In those days it was like, one artist and he had his name over it [the comic strip] — the policy of DC in the comic books was, if you can’t write it, obtain other writers, but their names would never appear on the comic book in the finished version. So Bill never asked me for it [the byline] and I never volunteered — I guess my ego at that time. And I felt badly, really, when he [Finger] died.

Golden Age

In Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27, he is already operating as a crime fighter. Batman’s origin is first presented in Detective Comics #33 in November 1939, and is later fleshed out in Batman #47. As these comics state, Bruce Wayne is born to Dr. Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha, two very wealthy and charitable Gotham City socialites. Bruce is brought up in Wayne Manor, with its wealthy splendor, and leads a happy and privileged existence until the age of eight, when his parents are killed by a small-time criminal named Joe Chill while on their way home from a movie theater. Bruce Wayne swears an oath to rid the city of the evil that had taken his parents’ lives. He engages in intense intellectual and physical training; however, he realizes that these skills alone would not be enough. “Criminals are a superstitious and cowardly lot”, Wayne remarks, “so my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible…” As if responding to his desires, a bat suddenly flies through the window, inspiring Bruce to assume the persona of Batman.
In early strips, Batman’s career as a vigilante earns him the ire of the police. During this period Wayne has a fiancée named Julie Madison. Wayne takes in an orphaned circus acrobat, Dick Grayson, who becomes his sidekick, Robin. Batman also becomes a founding member of the Justice Society of America, although he, like Superman, is an honorary member, and thus only participates occasionally. Batman’s relationship with the law thaws quickly, and he is made an honorary member of Gotham City’s police department. During this time, butler Alfred Pennyworth arrives at Wayne Manor, and after deducing the Dynamic Duo’s secret identities joins their service.

Silver Age

he Silver Age of comic books in DC Comics is sometimes held to have begun in 1956 when the publisher introduced Barry Allen as a new, updated version of The Flash. Batman is not significantly changed by the late 1950s for the continuity which would be later referred to as Earth-One. The lighter tone Batman had taken in the period between the Golden and Silver Ages led to the stories of the late 1950s and early 1960s that often feature a large number of science-fiction elements, and Batman is not significantly updated in the manner of other characters until Detective Comics #327 (May 1964), in which Batman reverts to his detective roots, with most science-fiction elements jettisoned from the series. After the introduction of DC Comics’ multiverse in the 1960s, DC established that stories from the Golden Age star the Earth-Two Batman, a character from a parallel world. This version of Batman partners with and marries the reformed Earth-Two Catwoman, Selina Kyle (as shown in Superman Family #211) and fathers Helena Wayne, who, as the Huntress, becomes (along with the Earth-Two Robin) Gotham’s protector once Wayne retires from the position to become police commissioner, a position he occupies until he is killed during one final adventure as Batman. Batman titles however often ignored that a distinction had been made between the pre-revamp and post-revamp Batmen (since unlike The Flash or Green Lantern, Batman comics had been published without interruption through the 1950s) and would on occasion make reference to stories from the Golden Age.[60] Nevertheless, details of Batman’s history were altered or expanded upon through the decades. Additions include meetings with a future Superman during his youth, his upbringing by his uncle Philip Wayne (introduced in Batman #208, Jan./Feb. 1969) after his parents’ death, and appearances of his father and himself as prototypical versions of Batman and Robin, respectively.[61][62] In 1980 then-editor Paul Levitz commissioned the Untold Legend of the Batman limited series to thoroughly chronicle Batman’s origin and history.
Batman meets and regularly works with other heroes during the Silver Age, most notably Superman, whom he began regularly working alongside in a series of team-ups in World’s Finest Comics, starting in 1954 and continuing through the series’ cancellation in 1986. Batman and Superman are usually depicted as close friends. Batman becomes a founding member of the Justice League of America, appearing in its first story in 1960s Brave and the Bold #28. In the 1970s and 1980s, Brave and the Bold became a Batman title, in which Batman teams up with a different DC Universe superhero each month.
In 1969, Dick Grayson attends college as part of DC Comics’ effort to revise the Batman comics. Additionally, Batman also moves from Wayne Manor into a penthouse apartment atop the Wayne Foundation building in downtown Gotham City, in order to be closer to Gotham City’s crime. Batman spends the 1970s and early 1980s mainly working solo, with occasional team-ups with Robin and/or Batgirl. Batman’s adventures also become somewhat darker and more grim during this period, depicting increasingly violent crimes, including the first appearance (since the early Golden Age) of the Joker as a homicidal psychopath, and the arrival of Ra’s al Ghul, a centuries-old terrorist who knows Batman’s secret identity. In the 1980s, Dick Grayson becomes Nightwing.
In the final issue of Brave and the Bold in 1983, Batman quits the Justice League and forms a new group called the Outsiders. He serves as the team’s leader until Batman and the Outsiders #32 (1986) and the comic subsequently changed its title.

Modern Age

After the 12-issue limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC Comics rebooted the histories of some major characters in an attempt at updating them for contemporary audiences. Frank Miller retold Batman’s origin in the storyline Year One from Batman #404-407, which emphasizes a grittier tone in the character. Though the Earth-Two Batman is erased from history, many stories of Batman’s Silver Age/Earth-One career (along with an amount of Golden Age ones) remain canonical in the post-Crisis universe, with his origins remaining the same in essence, despite alteration. For example, Gotham’s police are mostly corrupt, setting up further need for Batman’s existence. While Dick Grayson’s past remains much the same, the history of Jason Todd, the second Robin, is altered, turning the boy into the orphan son of a petty crook, who tries to steal the tires from the Batmobile. Also removed is the guardian Phillip Wayne, leaving young Bruce to be raised by Alfred. Additionally, Batman is no longer a founding member of the Justice League of America, although he becomes leader for a short time of a new incarnation of the team launched in 1987. To help fill in the revised backstory for Batman following Crisis, DC launched a new Batman title called Legends of the Dark Knight in 1989 and has published various miniseries and one-shot stories since then that largely take place during the “Year One” period. Various stories from Jeph Loeb and Matt Wagner also touch upon this era.

In 1988’s “Batman: A Death in the Family” storyline from Batman #426-429 Jason Todd, the second Robin, is killed by the Joker.Subsequently Batman begins exhibiting an excessive, reckless approach to his crime fighting, a result of the pain of losing Jason Todd. Batman works solo until the decade’s close, when Tim Drake becomes the new Robin. In 2005 writers resurrected the Jason Todd character and have pitted him against his former mentor.
Many of the major Batman storylines since the 1990s have been inter-title crossovers that run for a number of issues. In 1993, the same year that DC published the “Death of Superman” storyline, the publisher released the “Knightfall” storyline. In the storyline’s first phase, the new villain Bane paralyzes Batman, leading Wayne to ask Azrael to take on the role. After the end of “Knightfall”, the storylines split in two directions, following both the Azrael-Batman’s adventures, and Bruce Wayne’s quest to become Batman once more. The story arcs realign in “KnightsEnd”, as Azrael becomes increasingly violent and is defeated by a healed Bruce Wayne. Wayne hands the Batman mantle to Dick Grayson (then Nightwing) for an interim period, while Wayne trains to return to his role as Batman.

The 1994 company-wide crossover Zero Hour changes aspects of DC continuity again, including those of Batman. Noteworthy among these changes is that the general populace and the criminal element now considers Batman an urban legend rather than a known force. Similarly, the Waynes’ killer is never caught or identified, effectively removing Joe Chill from the new continuity, rendering stories such as “Year Two” non-canon.
Batman once again becomes a member of the Justice League during Grant Morrison’s 1996 relaunch of the series, titled JLA. While Batman contributes greatly to many of the team’s successes, the Justice League is largely uninvolved as Batman and Gotham City face catastrophe in the decade’s closing crossover arc. In 1998’s “Cataclysm” storyline, Gotham City is devastated by an earthquake. Deprived of many of his technological resources, Batman fights to reclaim the city from legions of gangs during 1999’s “No Man’s Land.” While Lex Luthor rebuilds Gotham at the end of the “No Man’s Land” storyline, he then frames Bruce Wayne for murder in the “Bruce Wayne: Murderer?” and “Bruce Wayne: Fugitive” story arcs; Wayne is eventually acquitted.
DC’s 2005 limited series Identity Crisis, reveals that JLA member Zatanna had edited Batman’s memories, leading to his deep loss of trust in the rest of the superhero community. Batman later creates the Brother I satellite surveillance system to watch over the other heroes. Its eventual co-opting by Maxwell Lord is one of the main events that leads to the Infinite Crisis miniseries, which again restructures DC continuity. In Infinite Crisis #7, Alexander Luthor, Jr. mentions that in the newly rewritten history of the “New Earth”, created in the previous issue, the murderer of Martha and Thomas Wayne – again, Joe Chill – was captured, thus undoing the retcon created after Zero Hour. Batman and a team of superheroes destroy Brother Eye and the OMACs. Following Infinite Crisis, Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, and Tim Drake retrace the steps Bruce had taken when he originally left Gotham City, to “rebuild Batman”. In the “Face the Face” storyline, Batman and Robin return to Gotham City after their year-long absence. At the end of the story arc, Bruce adopts Tim as his son. The follow-up story arc in Batman, “Batman & Son”, introduces Damian Wayne, who is Batman’s son with Talia al Ghul. Batman, along with Superman and Wonder Woman, reforms the Justice League in the new Justice League of America series, and is leading the newest incarnation of the Outsiders.


The character of Batman has appeared in various media aside from comic books. The character has been developed as a vehicle for newspaper syndicated comic strips, books, radio dramas, television and several theatrical feature films. The first adaptation of Batman was as a daily newspaper comic strip which premiered on October 25, 1943. That same year the character was adapted in the 13-part serial Batman, with Lewis Wilson becoming the first actor to portray Batman on screen. While Batman never had a radio series of his own, the character made occasional guest appearance in The Adventures of Superman starting in 1945 on occasions when Superman voice actor Bud Collyer needed time off. A second movie serial, Batman and Robin, followed in 1949, with Robert Lowery taking over the role of Batman. The exposure provided by these adaptations during the 1940s “helped make [Batman] a household name for millions who never bought a comic book.”
The Batman television series, starring Adam West, premiered in January 1966 on the ABC television network. Inflected with a camp sense of humor, the show became a pop culture phenomenon. In his memoir, Back to the Batcave, West notes his dislike for the term ‘camp’ as it was applied to the 1960s series, opining that the show was instead a farce or lampoon, and a deliberate one, at that. The series ran for 120 episodes, ending in 1968. In between the first and second season of the Batman television series the cast and crew made the theatrical release Batman (1966). The popularity of the Batman TV series also resulted in the first animated adaptation of Batman in the series The Batman/Superman Hour; the Batman segments of the series were repackaged as Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder which produced thirty-three episodes between 1968 and 1977. From 1973 until 1984, Batman had a starring role in ABC’s Super Friends series, which was animated by Hanna-Barbera. Olan Soule was the voice of Batman in all these series, but was eventually replaced during Super Friends by Adam West, who voiced the character in Filmation’s 1977 series The New Adventures of Batman.

Batman returned to movie theaters in 1989, with director Tim Burton’s Batman starring Michael Keaton. Burton’s film was a huge success; not only was it the top-grossing film of the year, but at the time was the fifth highest-grossing film in history. The film spawned three sequels: Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997), the last two of which were directed by Joel Schumacher instead of Burton, and replaced Keaton with Val Kilmer and George Clooney, respectively.
In 1992 Batman returned to television in Batman: The Animated Series, which was produced by Warner Bros. and was broadcast on the Fox television network until 1997. After that point it moved to The WB Television Network and was reworked into The New Batman Adventures. The producers of Batman: The Animated Series would go to work on the animated feature film release Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993), as well as the futuristic Batman Beyond and Justice League series. Like Batman: The Animated Series, these productions starred Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne. In 2004, a new animated series titled The Batman made its debut with Rino Romano as the title character.
In 2005 Christopher Nolan directed Batman Begins, a reboot of the film franchise starring Christian Bale as Batman. Its sequel, The Dark Knight (2008), set the record for the highest grossing opening weekend of all time in the U.S., earning approximately $158.4 million, and became the fastest film to reach the $400 million mark in the history of American cinema (eighteenth day of release). An animated anthology feature set between the Nolan films, Batman: Gotham Knight, was released the same year.

Ok, my head hurts and my fingers are tired but there you have it. Batman in all his forms from beginnings to box office. There is a lot in store here on the Spotlight in the weeks ahead. Don’t worry, I’ll continue with old Green Lantern, this is after all the Green Lantern Spotlight. So, stick with me as we go over great Batman stories and of course course character that have bigger ties in with Green Lantern than others might realize. Have a good night.


Hawkman’s history back and forth

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on September 28, 2008

After hearing from the Baltimore Comic Con and everything going on with Hawkman in both Justice Society, Trinity and the current space saga by Hawkman I thought I would talk about this. Personally, I’m getting a headache again. Both Geoff Johns and David Goyer did their damnest to get Carter Hall’s history fixed after what happened in Zero Hour and in was like during Jim Starlin’s Hawkman one-shot, it all went to hell again. However, recently in this week’s Trinity, Hawkman’s history seems to have been reestablished. So, I’m going to list Hawkman’s complicated history from Wiki and see what people think.

Hawkman first appeared in Flash Comics # 1 (1940), and was a featured character in that title throughout the 1940s. This Hawkman was Carter Hall, a reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian prince, Khufu, who had in the modern day discovered that the mysterious “ninth metal” could negate the effects of gravity and allow him to fly. He donned a costume with large wings to allow him to control his flight and became the crimefighter, Hawkman. An archaeologist by trade, Hall uses ancient weapons from the museum of which he was curator in his efforts. Hawkman was a charter member of the Justice Society of America, beginning with All Star Comics #3 (Winter 1940). In issue #8 he became the JSA’s chairman, a position he would hold until the end of the JSA’s run in All Star Comics. He was the only member of the JSA to appear in every adventure during the Golden Age of comic books. He romanced his reincarnated bride, Shiera Sanders, who became the crimefighter Hawkgirl. His first three adventures were drawn by creator Dennis Neville (who modeled Hawkman’s costume on the hawkmen characters in the Flash Gordon comic strip by Alex Raymond), then by Sheldon Moldoff, and later by Joe Kubert, who slightly redesigned his mask in Flash Comics # 85 (Jul 1947) and then, one year later, replaced the winged-hawk-like mask by a much simpler yellow cowl in Flash Comics #98 (Aug 1948).
Along with most other superheroes, Hawkman’s Golden Age adventures came to an end when the industry turned away from the genre in the early 1950s. His last appearance was in All Star Comics #57 (1951).
Later in the decade, DC Comics under editor Julius Schwartz decided to revive a number of heroes in new incarnations, but with the same names and powers. Following the success of the Flash, Hawkman was revived, this time as an alien policeman from the planet Thanagar, though his powers were largely the same. Created by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert, this Hawkman, Katar Hol, came to Earth with his wife Shayera in pursuit of a criminal, and remained to fight crime on Earth. They adopted the named Carter and Shiera Hall and became curators of a museum.

This Hawkman became a member of the Justice League of America, where he often verbally sparred with the iconoclastic liberal hero Green Arrow. In the 1960s it was revealed that the original Hawkman lived on the parallel world of Earth-Two, and that Katar Hol lived on Earth-One. The JLA and JSA had an annual meeting throughout the 1960s and 1970s during which the two heroes often met. The Silver Age Hawkman had his own series for a few years, but with declining sales it was merged with that of the Atom. Atom and Hawkman lasted only another year or so before cancellation.
In the late 1970s in Showcase and World’s Finest Comics, Thanagar went to war with the planet Rann (adopted home of Adam Strange). This led to Hawkman and Hawkwoman severing ties with their homeworld, and later fighting The Shadow War of Hawkman (written by Tony Isabella) as Thanagar tried secretly to conquer the Earth.
The landmark 1985 series Crisis on Infinite Earths resulted in a massive revision of much DC continuity and led to many characters being substantially rewritten. Hawkman was to suffer some of the greatest confusion as successive writers sought to explain his various appearances. In the revised timeline there was a single Earth which had witnessed the JSA in the 1940s and the JLA decades later. Successive revisions sought to establish exactly who had been Hawkman and Hawkwoman at different stages. For the first few years the pre-Crisis incarnations were still used, during which time they were prominent across the DC Universe and joined the latest incarnation of the Justice League.
Then DC decided to reboot Hawkman, in a limited series (which later lead to an ongoing series) entitled Hawkworld originally by Tim Truman, and later John Ostrander and Grant Miehm. In this series, Thanagar was a class society which conquered other worlds to enrich itself. Katar Hol was the son of a prominent official who rebelled against the status quo. He and his partner Shayera were sent to Earth and remained there for some years until Hol was apparently killed.
This created a host of continuity errors as the new Katar Hol was established as having only just arrived on Earth, raising the question as to who had been around previously. In an attempt to resolve the problem it was established through retcons that the Golden Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl had also operated throughout the 1940s up to the 1990s, and that Nth metal came from Thanagar. They had remained active and then joined the original incarnation of the JLA. Moreover, yet another Hawkman – Fel Andar, a Thanagarian agent – had been the one who joined the Justice League during the 1980s, pretending to be a hero but secretly seeking to infiltrate it.

The series Zero Hour muddied the waters further by merging the different Hawkmen into a “Hawkgod”, who had his own series briefly during the mid-1990s, and who had a small role in the alternate-future series Kingdom Come. After the demise of this series, Hawkman’s continuity was considered by DC to be too complicated, and he was absent from comics for several years.
In the late 1990s, the JSA series untangled Hawkman’s continuity, establishing him as Carter Hall, a man who – along with Shiera – had been reincarnated dozens of times since his life in ancient Egypt, and whose powers were derived from Thanagarian Nth metal, which had been retroactively renamed from “ninth metal”. The Katar Hol of the Hawkworld series had also come to Earth during the 1990s, as established. The 1980s imposter spy went back to Thanagar. The Hawkgod was later revealed to be the avatar of the Hawk aspect of the Red from which Animal Man receives his powers and merely thought that he was Hawkman.
Also during the miniseries Identity Crisis it was established that Carter Hall had voted for the mindwipe of Dr. Light (indeed, he had been the one to initially suggest the idea) and it is from this that his enmity with Green Arrow stems (as he felt mental reprogramming beyond the scope of any vigilante group’s rights, and, in fact, those of any government).
With this new continuity, Hawkman was again reincarnated and given a new series in 2002 entitled Hawkman, written by James Robinson and Geoff Johns, with art by Rags Morales. However in 2006, the series was retitled Hawkgirl with issue #50 and given new creative team Walter Simonson and Howard Chaykin. This series has been cancelled with Hawkgirl issue #66 in July 2007.
Hawkman was a major character in the Rann-Thanagar Holy War series, which stemmed from events in Countdown. During this time his continuity was further changed

Carter Hall

In the days of ancient Egypt, Prince Khufu is engaged in a feud with his rival, the Egyptian priest Hath-Set. The priest eventually captures both Khufu and his consort Chay-Ara, and kills them. Millennia later, in 1940, Khufu is reincarnated as American archaeologist Carter Hall, and Chay-Ara as Shiera Saunders.
Using the properties of “Nth metal” to craft a gravity-defying belt, Hall creates wings and a costume to become the first Hawkman.
Carter Hall and Shiera Saunders had together a son ,named Hector Hall, who grew also a superheroic identity as Silver Scarab and later adopted the mantle of Dr Fate. Hector Hall was member of the superhero groups Infinity Inc. and JSA where he served along his father.
In the DC Universe, Carter Hall is the current Hawkman. He operates out of the fictional city of St. Roch, Louisiana.
In Hawkman Special #1 a nameless being who claims to be the Demiurge, or God’s architect, tells Carter that he is one of the Aberrant Six. He tells Carter that some unknown entity has mixed his true reality with pieces of other Hawkmen from before the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Therefore, some of the events that he remembers did not happen to him in the reality of the New Earth that was created after the Crisis. Which events are untrue remains to be seen, but as the Demiurge left him he called him Katar Hol. Hall is quoted, “The Demiurge called me Katar Hol…A Thanagarian name that belongs to a dead man.” This reestablishes Hawkman’s link to the Thanagarian police officer.

Katar Hol

Katar Hol is an honored police officer on his homeworld of Thanagar. Along with his wife Shayera, they use the anti-gravity ninth metal and their wings to fight criminals. These were the tools of an elite police unit tasked to track and apprehend the most dangerous criminals. The pair were sent to earth in 1959 to capture the shape-shifting criminal Byth. Following this mission, they elected to remain on Earth to work with authorities in the United States and learn human police methods. The two adopted covers as a pair of museum curators, Carter and Shiera Hall, and acted publicly as the second Hawkman and the second Hawkgirl (later Hawkwoman).
After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Katar Hol was rebooted in a prestige format miniseries named Hawkworld by Timothy Truman. A regular ongoing series of the same name followed. Katar Hol, a young police officer on the planet Thanagar, rebels against the oppressive system of his Planet and is sent into exile. He later escapes and uncovers a renegade police captain Byth. As a result, he is reinstated in the force, given a new partner, Shayera Thal, and sent on a mission on Earth, where he is the third Hawkman.

I’m going to stop there but as you can see, his character became so mucked and added on to so much. It made the character too complicated. It was simplified, especially during Infinite Crisis but since Final Crisis started. Seems that Carter Hall’s history went south again. We shall see after the series wraps up and what Trinity does to the character.

DC Nation Panel at Baltimore

Posted in News by mrread7 on September 27, 2008

Lots of talk about what is coming up for the DC Universe during and after Final Crisis. Lots of talk about The Blackest Night and New Kyrpton. Check it out.

Books you Should be Reading: Action Comics

Posted in News by mrread7 on September 25, 2008

Hello everyone, welcome to my new entries dealing with books you should be reading. I’m doing these both here and on the Avengers. Here on the Green Lantern Spotlight I will be talking about DC Comics you should be reading. I thought I would start with one of my must read books month in and month out, Action Comics. I’m not going to go into large detail because my buddy at Comicbook Revolution tells it better than I do with his reviews. Just follow the link and you will find out why you should be reading Action Comics.

Comic Book Budget

Posted in News by mrread7 on September 21, 2008

Hello everyone, I’m fresh off of my road trip. I really had a great time, I got out of town, saw some old friends and fought traffic and made some memories. I actually did this on $40 a day, just like if I was back packing through Europe. So, I thought now would be a great time to look over my comic book budget. Yeah, it’s getting to the end of the year, most mini series are wrapping up. Some titles are ending and others are beginning, and with comics usually $2.99 a pop, you have to decide what is worth picking up and what isn’t. So, here is my look at my DC Comics Budget. Currently I read from DC: Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Justice Society of America, Blue Beetle. As we know I am also reading a few Final Crisis books including Legion of Three Worlds, Resist, Submit and Revelations. I cut back on about 4 titles in the last two months from both Marvel and DC Comics. I’m not counting Secret Invasion or Final Crisis since they are coming to a close at the end of the year. Legion is currently my monthly mini series and thanks to my brother I get to read Rogues Revenge, Secret Six and Flash.

So, that seems to be a bit of moola running around. Truth be told, with my comics discount and so forth I pretty much put in $38 a month on books. I save money but reading books at my local Border’s or picking up trades as they go on sale. Keeps me up to date on what is happening and saves me a bit of dough. About two years ago, I was reading actually more DC books than Marvel but then things started happening. Oh, it’s not that Geoff Johns wasn’t writing some of my favorite books again the books just started to not have the same feeling as they once did. I dropped both Titans books, you can guess why I dropped Titans because I’m sure a bunch of you did. Teen Titans was enjoyable but I felt something was off and with the book at my local book store, I read it for free. I am getting the Terror Titans mini series online but I’m saving almost a dollar and a half that way even with shipping. It’s a limited series so, it doesn’t impact my budget much. Plus, most of the Final Crisis tie ins I’m reading, two are half way over and the other two are just one shots. Also, online subscriptions, you have to love sales. I am not dropping Green Lantern no matter what and I have to admit almost 2 months ago, I was thinking about leaving Blue Beetle behind but the book has picked back up, so I’m pretty happy. I am not leaving Justice Society unless Geoff is leaving and we don’t get as great of a writer or art team on the book. Currently, they make that book a beautiful thing every time is comes out.

I will be adding on James Robinson’s Justice League because I am more interested in that book than what the main Justice League of America title has become. It’s not bad but it isn’t making me want it to pick it up month in and month out. Go read it at the store if I want to keep up on things. So, it’s kind of sad that I’m mostly reading Geoff Johns stuff while reading other books at my local Border’s over a great cup of coffee or bar. As of right now, I’m just waving through the end of Final Crisis and Secret Invasion to see what steers me to what book next. Maybe Justice League won’t be alone and I’ll start picking up Wonder Woman or the possible New Gods book next year. We’ll see, in the mean time, I’m going green with Green Lantern all around.

Shane Davis’s Red Lantern Sketch book

Posted in News by mrread7 on September 19, 2008

Wizard just added an online preview and interview with Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns artist, Shane Davis on his designs for the characters and nice teasers about what is coming up for the story.

Why can’t a Green Lantern have a happy relationship

Posted in News by mrread7 on September 18, 2008

You know I got a big hit today, I had a friend of mine email me a link to my ex’s blog and she goes on how about her current guy of all 4 months and 2 months after me is the one and all her family is happy about it. Including the guy who is trying to get them their own place and are talking marriage. Yeah, a nice thing to say when this weekend I was supposed to originally marry her until almost 7 months ago when the bitch cheated on me. With someone who just used her and then moved on with his life. Leading to whatever the hell you call this. So, I decided that I would bring in a certain question of why not any of the Green Lanterns we’ve known over the years can truly have a happy relationship. Even the the married Green Lantern couple in GLC is about to suffer tragedy at the hands of Kryb. So, I was looking over this. Let’s see Hal has had more women than we can think of, though we know his main girl is Carol Ferris. John Stewert has had his share but lost one love to death and the other decided to walk out on him to “discover” herself. Guy has Ice again so at least there is something there but we don’t know if a Star Sapphire ring might find it’s way to Tora.

So, I think I’ll go with the Green Lantern who has had the greatest problems with relationships, Kyle Rayner. I mean this guy has been in several serious relationships and they have come around and hit him back hard. Death, betrayal, and just play old: “I don’t love you anymore” excuse. Let’s see, His girlfriend, Alexandra DeWitt, helped Kyle train for his new role as a superhero, but was later murdered by the supervillain Major Force. Kyle developed relationships with Donna Troy, and later Jade, the daughter of Alan Scott. Both died but only Donna returned and when it was all said and done, Donna just thought that Kyle and her were just meant to be friends, after all she wasn’t over the deaths of her “husbands” in the different realities. When Jade dies during the Infinite Crisis Rann/Thanagar War Special, she transfers her power to Rayner, catalyzing his transformation into Ion. Least she gave a final act of love when all was said and done.

Now Kyle is interested in Soranik Natu after his possible Earth base love interest decided she like to paint more than try to date. Not to mention, considering how much Kyle likes to talk, could he really have had a relationship with a mute? Well, truth be told, things between Kyle and Soranik have been there since the Green Lantern Corps Recharge mini just before Infinite Crisis. Now, the two have been working together more in light of the Sinestro Corps War and romance seems to be blossoming between them. Will Natu finally break Kyle’s streak or will the upcoming War of Light and the appearance of both Kryb and the Star Sapphire Corps keep them as just corps members? We’ll see in about three weeks.

DC Comics for December 2008

Posted in News by mrread7 on September 15, 2008

Just released today, check out what is coming your way for December of 2008 for DC Comics.

The War of Light begins

Posted in News by mrread7 on September 13, 2008

It all kicks off in a few short weeks, The War of Light. The prophecy of all 7 color corps at war with each other. Trying to spread their brand of justice through the universe and lighting the very universe. It started with The Sinestro Corps War and now in the aftermath, the Star Sapphire Corps go directly after the Green Lantern Corps. The ring bearers have been chosen and the Star Sapphire Corps will spread “love” to the universe. While the main members of the Green Lantern Honor Guard deal with the Star Sapphires, Hal Jordan, John Stewert and Sinestro must deal with the Red Lanterns. While this is all going on, the Controllers seeks to control Agent Orange and form the Orange Lantern Corps. Leaving just the Blue Lantern and Indigo Peace Corps to deal with fall out. It’s the battle for the cosmos and when it’s all over, the skies will blacken and the dead will rise with the Black Lantern Corps. Unless Will Power and Fear come together to stop it.

Green Lantern Corps #28 Review

Posted in green lantern corps by mrread7 on September 11, 2008

Eye of the Beholder part 2

As Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner, Salaak and Kilowog look at a holding unit with all the various eye balls that were taken from the rookie Green Lanterns’ families that have been murdered. Kyle says that they need to bring in Green Lantern Saarek to find out if he can figure out who the true killer is. Salaak soon asks Saarek to come in while Guy Gardner is kind of disgusted by the fact that Saarek held on to one of the eyes the whole time to talk to it. Salaak tells him to keep quiet but Guy goes on that you either joke about a situation like this or you go out and fry the person behind it. Kyle tells the two of them to break it up and to stay focused on the energy that is channeled through the eyes to find the killer. Salaak tells Saarek to please enter and he soon does asking if he can be of further assistance. Salaak tells him that: “his talents of needed.” Saarek notices that there is a bit of doubt in Salaak’s voice. Something that the protector of the Guardians of the Universe does not deny. He just finds it strange that someone of Saarek’s caliber could have such a “calling.” Kilowog soon asks how he got his power and Saarek tells him that he has had it since he was a child. Guy doesn’t see Saarek’s power as such a “gift” but Saarek considers it a privilege than a gift of curse. Saarek soon floats into the air much to the confusion of the other Lanterns and enters the stasis chamber with the eyes.

Saarek screams out in pain as all the eyes soon gather around his body. All the other Lanterns just stare in awe as the eyes soon explode into green light and the images of the killer once again swarm around the other Lanterns. Guy notices that all the faces are the same and Kyle can’t understand how one person could kill all these people in such a fast time. Saarek soon emerges from the tank and says that it’s possible that there is entire race of these people that have something against the Green Lantern Corps. Salaak uses his ring to try and identify the killer or killers but the ring can’t identify. So, Salaak instead uses his ring to upload the image to all possible Green Lanterns in the various sectors. Saarek soon leaves them saying if anyone needs him he will be meditating for his next sector sojourn. Salaak tells the other Green Lanterns to prepare to leave and Kyle, Guy and Kilowog are ready to go. Meanwhile, all the Green Lantern rookies are protesting that they want to go to their families and protect them but they are under lock down until further notice. Far away, Brik, Tomar-tu Palaqua and another Green Lantern react. Palaqua says that the Guardians should let the rookies go and the others agree but they trust this is the right decision. Not to far away, Kyle Rayner is drawing an eye bleeding from a Green Lantern logo while Guy Gardner charges up his ring but is soon disturbed. He opens the door to see Tora, better known as Ice.

She hitched a ride to Oa with Symon Terrynceto start their first date a few days earlier and hopes that Guy doesn’t mind. Guy in fact is thrilled to see her but before he can go any further, Salaak contacts him to get going. Guy tells Tora he’ll be back soon and Tora tells him she’ll be waiting. Back in the rookie lock down, Salaak has confiscated all the rookies’ rings and they will stay off until the murders are found. That they must trust the Guardians as much as they trust them. Later on the planet Seekwom in Sector 1983. One of the killers is about to attack another rookie’s family when Guy Gardner busts in and blasts her. She greets Guy and is looking forward to facing him but soon she blasts herself. Guy soon reports he has captured the killer but so does Kilowog but this time a male version of the killer. He tells Kilowog that he is just sending his fellow Lanterns to their deaths. That they will pluck out all the eyes of the families but Kilowog soon shuts him up. Kilowog then tells Guy to have Salaak and Kyle meet up with him. Later, they all meet up and learn that the two are brother and sister but as the brother rages on how he’ll kill all the Green Lanterns for killing his sister, Guy shuts him up saying that she killed herself. Saarek joins them and talks to the dead Sinestro Corps member and finds out that they are two of a group of Sinestro Corps members known as the Quintet, due to the fact there are five of them in the family. Two sisters and three brothers.

Later, on the Quintet’s home world they go over who to attack next but are soon ambushed by the Green Lantern Corps and capture them all and bring them back to Oa. Guy jokes that they should call themselves the Quad Squad now that there is only four of them. They keep telling the Green Lanterns they will kill them all but they walk away leaving them with the various Sinestro Corps members that have been captured and their leader, Sinestro. Kyle offers Kilowog a drink back at Warriors and Salaak returns the power rings to the various rookies and tells them to get back to duty. Later that evening, in a secret location, the “scared” Guardians meets with Saarek. She tells him that his gift his needed but her and that this is to be discussed with no one. When Saarek assures her he will do this, he then asks what she wants. Scar replies: I need you to locate and communicate with… THE CORPSE OF THE ANTI-MONITOR.” End of issue.

With that, the two part murder mystery comes to an end, I have to say it wasn’t that bad of a story but really nothing to write home about, just on here. Peter Tomasi delivers and interesting story but the moments with Tora and the ending with Scar and Saarek are the best parts. Though there is more progression with Kyle’s disturbing artwork and more on the up coming Rage of the Red Lanterns story arc. The best thing about this book is truly Luke Ross. He makes this book beautiful from beginning to end and those last panels at the end. You can just hear the dark them music. Thanks Luke.

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