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Hank Hall is not happy. He’s not happy to have Dawn Granger as a new partner in his war on crime. He’s not happy that she’s dating the ghostly Super Hero, Deadman. He’s not happy to learn that someone is trying to plunge the United States into a new civil war! Now it’s up to Hawk and Dove to root out the forces behind this conflict and stop them before they turn the U.S. into a wasteland!

And who is the monster lurking in the shadows, watching Hawk and Dove from afar? Find out in this new series from Sterling Gates (FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST) and artist Rob Liefeld (X-Force, Youngblood)!

Art and cover by ROB LIEFELD

Price: $2.99
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Avg Rating: 2.5
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  1. This one intrigues me. A little worried about Liefeld on this particular title but I’m definitely giving this issue a shot.

  2. Liefeld’s worth being worried about, but at least his presence is a nod to a previous limited series.


  4. Sterling Gates is great, his Supergirl was really damn good. And the first I ever saw of Liefeld on the Hawk and Dove mini-series was the best work he ever did.

    But the art in Infinite looking horrible and lazy.

    We really need Karl Kesel to save the day!

  5. Don’t understand all the hating on Liefeld’s art. I never read his 90s stuff but picked up The Infinite when it came out and really didn’t mind his art at all. I’m not saying it’s amazing or anything but far from the worst.

    • His art is nineties-tastic to the extent that it basically epitomizes the absolute worst of every negative stereotype of the era. Maybe not a reason to hate it outright, but it’s got a definite aesthetic that can rub people the wrong way.

  6. Hawk and Dove are 2 of my favourite DC characters. The fact that they are getting any kind of exposure blows me away. I’m just super excited to see them in print again.

  7. I’m buying this for Liefeld. Nobody draws like he does. I keep hearing great things about Sterling Gates, so this is his chance to wow me.

  8. So close to pulling this book. I like the creative team but have zero intrest for the characters.

  9. I love Hawk and Dove. I have since the limited edition in the late 80s. By far my favorite chars in the DC universe.

    I wouldn’t say that Liefeld is an awesome artist, but I think people give him WAY to hard a time. It’s so strange that people spend so much time criticizing, and yet, they are still paying a lot of attention to him. I like his art, sure, it isn’t perfect, but it is good and it gets the point across in an exciting way. I have seen people insult his art, and they probably spent more time trying to find problems then he did drawing it. They don’t realize how big a compliment that is.

    • I think the problem is, he does have talent, his early work was full of energy. He was like a 90’s version of Jack Kirby. But he crapped out so many books with bad art, no backgrounds, weak stories, etc. And after a while, a lot of fans felt burned by him. I think he’s still capable of doing something really good, but his art has not just failed to improve, but he got worse, and lazy. I hope he turns things around with this series, but I’ve been hoping that for 10 years in vain.

  10. I don’t mind Liefeld. Looking forward to trying this out.

  11. I am buying this strictly because of liefeld and will continue to buy it as long as he is on it. Unfairly, he has become the brunt of all 90’s comics backlash and it is getting really old. If you don’t like him don’t buy the book, but to act like the man has absolutely no talent just ends up making you look silly in the long run

  12. On the other hand, I’m buying this in spite of Leifeld. He started out as a good artist — got a bit too sylized in the late 80s, but completely jumped the shark in Heroes Reborn. The preview pages for H&D were poorly executed — characters looked stiff — as if drawn by a junior high art student. DC should consider using a different layout artist — and maybe letting Rob just do the finishes.

  13. I loved the old Kesel series so Im really looking forward to seeing what’s done here….though early reviews dont seem so good!

    I’ve always wondered why someone didnt draw some connection between Hawkman (Carter Hall) and Hawk (Hank Hall), even if it was just a nod between the characters saying, hey, thats an odd coincidence. The old DC even had Hank and Dawn as part of the whole Lords of Chaos and Order, and Hank’s son Hector as Dr Fate, fit in with the whole Chaos and Order stuff too.

  14. Sterling Gates run on Supergirl got me interested in a character I had never really read before. Gates got me so hyped about Supergirl I have gone back and picked up some of Waid’s run on Supergirl and of course her return in the Loeb run. The character was just not the same after he left the book.

    I am looking for the same here. Gimme one of those books that is a solid read every month. And develop some characters that I previously had no connection with.

    This was one of my absolute MUST BUYS. Even with Liefeld on art. He does not sell me on a book, but his excitement about the book I hope is contagious.

  15. You know what? Just based on reading these comments, I have decided that I am going to pick this up, when I wasn’t really planning to. Deciding factor was that I really like me some Sterling Gates and Liefeld’s art doesn’t bother me. I am in!

  16. Wow….Cricket’s chirping as not one comment made yet after the book was released. I guess that shouldn’t be surprising, it was the weakest one I’ve read so far of what I’ve pulled (Detective, Men of War, and OMAC left to go). I’m not crazy about the art and I honestly can’t remember much about who they fought if anyone.

    (SPOILER?) The only two highlights for me, were seeing Deadman here (possibly a recurring/regular character). And a hint of a mystery about a connection between Dawn and Don and why Dawn Granger was made to be the next Dove.

  17. Easily my least favorite of the week, and Liefeld was far from the only reason.

  18. Story was a tiny bit interesting but not interesting enough for me to suffer through Liefeld’s art for it.

  19. I had a lot of fun with this. I found it intriguing, the characters seemed interesting, and I liked some aspects of the art while disliking others. I definitely am glad I picked it up though and will continue to read it.

  20. Was decent. Nothing amazing and probably wont pick it up next month, However I really think Liefeld gets a bad rap. He’s not that bad people. His art isn’t amazing but it’s far from bad, actually the one panel in this with hawk looking back at the zombie thing and it had that blurred perspective thing was really cool. Anyway just my two cents. It was cool getting to know a little more about these characters though.

  21. Loved it. It was fun.

  22. This felt like the most formulaic of all the #1’s this week, and I’m on the offense about whether to pick it up or not. I actually preferred this to Batgirl and Men of War, but I’ll have to make some cuts somewhere.

  23. Unfortunately I had to pass on this one. I love Sterling Gates – his Supergirl and World’s Finest were great, and so was the Kid Flash Lost flashpoint mini-series, but I dislike Liefeld’s art so much I don’t think I can get past it.

  24. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I’m not usually a fan of Liefeld’s art but I was okay with it here. Sterling Gates writes well although I would have liked to see the backstory told in a more organic way rather than just a monologue. Still I’ll be back next month.

  25. This was my second favorite this week. Loved it. It really felt like I was watching a movie. I like Rob’s art. In case you were wondering Animal Man was my favoriteof the week and Action was my 3rd fave.

  26. The face on Hawk in costume, and the unknown male avatar at the end (Kestrel?), as well as the size of his head to the rest of his body were just repulsive to look at. I was able to make allowances for the rest of the Liefeld art, but that was one area I just couldn’;t get over.

  27. The art wasn’t that bad, but IMO the story left something to be desired. Kinda boring for the most part with the only interesting bit being the Don/Dawn angle. Probably won’t pick up issue 2.

  28. I’m really surprised, because I loved The Infinite: art, story, everything. Hawk and Dove was so far from that though, on every level. I was was fully prepared to love this issue and even argue it’s merits, but there is just nothing there.

  29. I actually thought this was solid and plan to pick up the second issue. It’s basic, no doubt, but it got me interested. I liked the art.

  30. I’ve been bashing these new 52 books except for (so far) Detective, Batgirl, and Swamp Thing. And now I have another to add to that list. Hawk & Dove! While I lost ALL respect for Rob Liefeld 20 years ago…..Sterling Gates brought the story! I just got kind of interested in H&D back in Brightest Day, I LOVED what Gates brought to Kid Flash in Flashpoint, so this was a no brainer.

    Though I’m not sure if I will add this to my hold box, I think I will pick up the next couple of issues and see how this story arc pans out. If it continues to be good, I’ll add it to my box!

  31. I have to say this was one of the single worst comics I have ever read. The story was so simple and generic. Liefeld is so bad, its not even funny anymore. Some of the panels were unbelievable. I’m not sure how DC could even have published this. How did they put this on the shelf next to Swamp Thing or Animal Man? I also wonder how no one had a better pitch, if creators were actually pitching against each other, you would think that someone could have come up with a better premise than this…

  32. I gave this a 4 out of 5 for sure!! I agree KeMo this was a very good book I think one of the best this week for sure!! Issue #2 a must for sure….

    Just sayin’,


  33. I guess I am in the minority in that thought this book has promise. The art work was not that bad, the story was just a set up with a teaser at the end. It was no where near as bad as Static Shock.

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