Hawkgirl: The Maw

May 28, 2007 | Trades


Hawkgirl: The Maw
Walter Simonson, Howard Chaykin
DC Comics
$21.99/$17.99 US (Paperback)
** (out of five)

Beware the evil vagina in the basement — for it wants to eat you!
No, I’m not kidding. But we’ll get back to that in a minute.
Kendra Saunders, A.K.A. Hawkgirl, has been one of the most refreshing new characters of the past decade. With sass and attitude she broke from tradition by not hooking up with Hawkman and forged strong ties across the super-hero landscape by become a member of the Justice Society, the Birds Of Prey and recently the Justice League.
So fans of this character were no doubt pretty excited when she got her own title as part of DC Comics’ One Year Later (after the events of Infinite Crisis).
That is, until they read this first storyline.
What should have been a golden opportunity to highlight this fine character gets sidetracked by the fact she spends more time changing in and out of her clothes then she does battling bad guys and for some reason sports rock-hard nipples at all times.
To top this, Kendra’s also battling a mostly nude musclewoman who wants to feed her to the vagina-like passageway to another dimension in the basement of the museum she works for.
Books like this horrible male fantasy gone wrong are simply bad for the image of comic book heroines.

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