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Review: Darkhawk #51

Years ago, Chris Powell discovered a mysterious amulet that allowed him to transform into the spacefaring gladiator known as DARKHAWK. With his newfound edge against crime, he stood against some of the most extreme threats the Marvel Universe has to offer! Now, when two members of the Fraternity of Raptors descend on New York with designs on stealing the amulet and returning it to the stars, it’s not Darkhawk who has to rise to the challenge…it’s Chris Powell!

With these Marvel Legacy one-shots, Marvel is testing the waters to see readers’ reactions and if any of them should continue on in some way. Out of all of them that I’ve read so far, Darkhawk #51 makes the best case it should continue on.

Written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims Darkhawk #51 is actually better in many ways than a lot of the regular ongoing series Marvel’s currently printing. Bowers and Sims pull off the issue not only catching up readers but also making the comic accessible for new readers as well. You don’t need to have read the previous fifty issues, the issue has everything you need in one issue and then some. It feels like a first issue in many ways and the premise presented fills a gap and adds to one of the weaker elements of Marvel right now, their cosmic offerings. At one point a half dozen comics covered that side of the Marvel Universe resulting in epic stories and this issue feels like it’s the start of that in many ways.

But, more important than the set-up is the writing team’s focus on Chris Powell. This isn’t just about him as Darkhawk but his relationships are too. He’s engaged, his father’s history is explored, how that impacts his position in the police department. There’s a lot packed in and in one issue we get a hell of a lot of character development.

The art by Kev Walker is top notch. For a one-shot the art isn’t shorted here and if things were to continue, I’d love to see Walker continue. There’s some solid action and page layouts. The art is actually better than some of the regular ongoing series. It just clicks bringing a mix of slice of life and action.

I’ve enjoyed some of the one-shots released so far but this one makes the case it should continue and makes you question why it’s taken so long for this series to pick up again.

Story: Chad Bowers, Chris Sims Art: Kev Walker Cover: David Nakayama
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Batman: Creature of the Night #1 (DC Comics) – Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon unite for a spiritual companion to Superman: Secret Identity. Busiek writing Batman, yes please!

Catalyst Prime: Kino #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – A new entry in Lion Forge’s impressive new world. Anything the release is worth checking out and has us excited!

Chasing Hitler #1 (Red 5 Comics) – From the mind of a high school senior, the niece of Jai Nitz. The creator and concept of Hitler surviving and being chased down has us intrigued.

Dark Ark #3 (AfterShock) – Have you read the first two issues? This mash-up of horror and Biblical concepts is a fascinating and fun read.

Darkhawk #51 (Marvel) – We’re always interested in seeing what Marvel is doing with these one-shots and revisiting some classic characters and stories.

Eternity #2 (Valiant) – Is another classic in the making too hogh a bar?

Giantkillers #0 (IDW Publishing/Ominous Press) – Bart Sears and Ron Marz are continuing to kick off their new world and we want to see what it’s all about.

Interceptor Vol. 2 Reactor #1 (Vault Comics) – Donny Cates is writing it and that’s all we need to know about this return into the world of vampire warfare.

John Wick #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – If you’ve seen the two movies you know why we’re excited for this.

Mystik U #1 (DC Comics) – It’s Harry Potter meets Gotham Academy with DC’s mystical characters. We’re onboard to see where this goes.

Splatoon Vol. 1 (VIZ Media) – The popular video game in manga form!

Star Trek Discovery #1 (IDW Publishing) – The show has been fantastic so we’re expect the same with these comics.

Star Wars Comics (Marvel and IDW Publishing) – There’s four different Star Wars comics from two publishers and we’re excited for them all.

Sword of Ages #1 (IDW Publishing) – Gabriel Rodriguez, the writer/artist/Locke & Key co-creator does fantasy. Yes please!

Zegas GN (Fantagraphics) – Michel Fiffe of Copra awesomeness. That alone should get you interested in this.