Some educated speculation.
The other day, I ran a post called Why Hawkman Matters, featuring an essay by that Hawkmanologist of renown, Tim Board. (Click here to check it out. You’ll want to.)
In the intro, I mention that DC appears to be setting the Winged Warrior up for big things in 2018 after its mega Metal event by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo concludes. This is not a stretch; DC is more or less shouting it. And we already know that A-listers Jeff Lemire, Bryan Hitch and Kevin Nowlan are on board for Hawkman: Found, a tie-in one-shot due in December.
But what about after that? Lemire would be an ideal choice to take on Hawkman regularly. He’s masterful at interweaving scope and heart in his books, whether they be mainstream superhero titles or his acclaimed creator-owned works.
Yesterday, DC formally solicited Hawkman: Found, showing off a Jim Lee variant cover:
HAWKMAN: FOUND #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by BRYAN HITCH and KEVIN NOWLAN
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
Variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
One of DC’S greatest heroes is missing! No one has seen or heard from Carter Hall—a.k.a. Hawkman—in years. Reincarnated repeatedly since the dawn of humanity, Hawkman has spent his many lives uncovering history’s most fantastic mysteries, and now he has become one himself! Take a journey into the one of the darkest corners of the DC Universe as a mysterious man tries to piece together what happened to Hawkman, and how it all connects to the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL!
On sale DECEMBER 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+
That’s all cool.
But then I saw Lemire’s tweet about it:
— Jeff Lemire (@JeffLemire) August 18, 2017
Notice he said “1st.”
Now, that could be an innocent, face-value reference to his first-ever Hawkman comic. (Though he did write Hawkman as part of Justice League United.)
Or, it could be a reference to his first of many to come.
And keep in mind that Hitch is moving on from Justice League, so perhaps he could be in the plans as artist.
I don’t normally post speculation like this, but there are enough clues for an amateur archaeologist or wannabe Thanagarian space-cop to chew over.
Here’s hoping, Hawkfans.