Hawkworld

1991

John Ostrander (writer), Graham Nolan (penciller), Gary Kwapisz (inker), Tim Harkins (letterer), Sam Parsons (colorist).

I don't know much about this series. Apparently, it was spun off from a successful Hawkworld miniseries that reworked the history of Hawkman and Hawkwoman (much as Chaykin did with Blackhawk in his miniseries). In issue #11, Weng Chan (Chop-Chop) makes a prominent guest appearance as CEO of the Blackhawk Express air service. And we also have the mysterious silhouette speaking from the computer screen who may be Blackhawk himself. Another character from the Blackhawk universe making an appearance in this issue as the quest villain is General Gunther Haifisch, better known as Killer Shark. The Haifisch name for Killer Shark comes from the Evanier/Spiegle revival but I suppose that doesn't rule him out of the Chaykin continuity. It was nice to see the best of the Blackhawks' villains make a comeback.

The story has Killer Shark plant a bomb on a Blackhawk Express flight that is carrying an experimental nerve toxin. Chan enlists Hawkman to remove the bomb from the plane while it is still in the air. Hawkman transfers from one Blackhawk Express aircraft to another, hanging onto the wing of one as shown in the panel on this page.

Thanks to Luis Olavo Dantas for suggesting Hawkworld as a Blackhawk link.



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