Batman and Hawkman beat Byth, with a little help from a friend. Bruce accompanies Carter as he hauls the shape-changing villain to Thanagar, but on the way they’re attacked by Byth’s men. Can the Winged Wonder and Gotham Guardian withstand photon torpedoes and, worse, Byth’s mocking tongue? And what happens when a brief power outage frees an awfully annoyed alien?
The latest team-up from writer Sholly Fisch and artists Rick Burchett and Dan Davis is another little gem. It’s brilliant to see a Carter Hall who thinks with his head, not his mace, rather than the ever-more savage guy who’s going to get his own comic post-Flashpoint. This Hawkman is Egyptian Prince and a space cop. In between he’s been a cowboy, an archaeologist and more … who says Hawkman’s tough to understand? It’s all right here in a book with little kid appeal!
Batman’s the usual stoic, good-natured soul, Carter’s so long-lived that he risks seeming a bore with all his stories. But Batman loves a little knowledge, and he learns something new as Carter applies his knowledge of Civil War history to a knotty problem.
Fisch’s script is bright and breezy, while the Burchett/Davis art is all-ages eye candy. The team ensures this book is a treat month in, month out. Colourist Guy Major and letterer Dezi Sienty also do their part in making the pages look as inviting as possible.