In the halcyon days of mid-1960s counter-culture, Marvel Comics was the obvious comic book publisher of choice on college campuses. DC was the staid old guard, Marvel, the groovy, cosmic alternative. A reflexive course correction by the establishment to skew edgy led DC to some nutty stuff — including “The Hawk and the Dove,” the politically polarized siblings with the on-the-nose names who first appeared in 1968.
Brothers Hank and Don Hall received their powers from the Lords of Chaos and Order; Hank was aggressive and strong as Hawk, and Don was pacifist and logical as Dove. When Don died in 1985’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” a woman named Dawn Granger was endowed with his power and became the other half of the “Hawk & Dove” duo. The pair underwent several incarnations in the following decades, with Hawk often straddling the line between hero and villain.
How does the idea of Hawk and Dove apply in the 21st century redux of the DC Universe? Above find an exclusive preview of issue No. 3 as a gallery, and see pages bigger below.
— Geoff Boucher
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