Hawkgirl #56, Final Simonson/Chaykin Issue
As I've mentioned on posts before, I was a huge fan of the Palmiotti/Grey/Bennett/Jose issues of Hawkman before this, and even the Infnite Crisis tie-in stuff that came afterwards. I've been less than excited about the One Year Later arc since the book has become "Hawgirl." I just read the final Simonson/Chaykin teamup issues yesterday and now that I have read the whole story, I can say I was thoroughly disappointed.
Still no information on where Hawkman is, the Maw was an incredibly lame character, and the story, in my opinion, never really engaged me at any point. Chaykin's art was awful, and I'm glad that he won't be the main artist anymore after this issue (THANK GOODNESS). I'm even disappointed that he's going to be the cover artist!
As for Simonson, who is a good writer, the general plot was good in this story (Kendra getting back on her feet without Hawkman while people are trying to kill her), but I was incredibly disappointed at the mistakes he was making in the story that contradicted previous issues of the book. For example, the cops in this arc revealed that they know Kendra's identity- to which she was shocked, yet Kendra already revealed in issue 35 that it was common knowledge. Or how SOMEONE kept messing up writing names- "Lt. Grub" instead of "Grubbs" (which is a stupid name, anyway, but whatever), or when Hawgirl sees "Roderic Christopher," but his name is "Christopher Roderic." Yes, I know this is geek jargan at its finest, but just go with it.
Anyway, I'm glad that Joe Bennett will be taking over for the next two issues, and I hope that the writing will improve, too. I've been reading on these boards that a lot of readers have jumped ship during this arc, and I don't blame them. Somehow, I don't know why I haven't, either.