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Dove II

Alias: Dawn Granger

Titans Member
Joined:
Teen Titans [third series] #34 [2006]
Related Links: Hawk (Hank Hall) Hawk III (Holly Granger)
• Dove I (Don Hall) • Hawk II & Dove III (Sasha & Wiley)
• Captain Brian ‘Sal’ Arsala • Ren Takamori
Kyle Spencer and Donna CabotKestrel

Dove II Quick Bio: The Lords of Chaos and Order originally granted powers to teen brothers Hank [Hawk] and Don [Dove] Hall. When the first Dove was killed, his powers transferred to the pragmatic Dawn Granger. As Dove II, Dawn sought out Hawk to forge the all-new Hawk & Dove.

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History


Dawn Of A New Dove

From an early age, Dawn Granger traveled the globe, thanks to her mother’s career in the State Department, and learned smatterings of many languages and an appreciation for diverse cultures. While Dawn lived mainly in Connecticut, her rebellious younger sister Holly opted to live in London.

During her high-school years, Dawn’s family settled in Washington, D.C. when her father, a highly regarded physical technician, was offered a job at the Arlington S.T.A.R. Labs. Surrounded by diplomacy, Dawn came to believe in me power of reason over force; that all riddles have answers, all problems have solutions, and all conflicts are resolvable. She was an exemplary student, showing leadership abilities and a natural talent for order and organization.

At first, Hawk resents the new Dove in HAWK & DOVE (mini series) #2 [1988].

After high school, Dawn returned to Europe to attend England’s Oxford University. While there, an inter-dimensional Crisis occurred that required the services of nearly every country’s super-heroes, military, and police forces. During this time, Dawn’s mother, in London to deliver a diplomatic pouch, was taken hostage along with the staff of the American embassy by a band of terrorists who announced they would blow up the embassy. Desperate, Dawn’s pleas for help were answered by a mysterious mingling of voices, belonging to Lords of Chaos and Order, who promised Dawn the power to make order of this chaos if she would only “say the word.” The word was “Dove.” She agreed.

Whenever danger is present, Dawn can say “Dove” and trigger the change in which Dove’s costume swirls across her body, appearing from nowhere to replace whatever she is wearing. This costume cannot be removed on low-magic worlds like Earth and hides the fact that Dove is not truly human, but a conduit for and the living essence of a Lord of Order’s mystical energy. When the danger is over, Dove reverts to Dawn.

Ruffled Feathers

Dawn knew about the first Hawk and Dove team, but assumed she was just “another” Dove, just as there are many Green Lanterns. She was shocked when she discovered the first Dove had died while rescuing people during the Crisis. She also noticed a change in Hawk as news resources reported his escalating destructive and chaotic behavior.

ABOVE: Brian “Sal” Arsala takes an interest in Dove in HAWK & DOVE (mini series) #4 [1988].
BELOW: Dawn reveals her identity to Hank in HAWK & DOVE (mini series) #4 [1988].

Increasingly convinced that it was intended for her to become Hawk’s new partner and that Hawk needed the balancing effect of Dove’s presence, Dawn returned to the United States, tracking Hawk’s moves and charting his appearances. She deduced that Hawk was Hank Hall, a Georgetown University student, and transferred herself to the same school, to her parents’ delight. When confronted by the new Dove, Hawk’s initial reaction was angry and violent, but he came to accept and appreciate his new partner.

During this first adventure, Dove learned that Hawk and Dove were linked to Chaos and Order and that the first Dove actually died and Dawn had accepted the powers, meaning she may have been partly responsible for his death. Guilt and curiosity eventually led Dove, with Hawk, to meet Terataya, the Lord of Order who gave Dove her powers, and T’Charr, the Lord of Chaos who gave Hawk his. These two Lords had fallen in love and revealed that Hawk and Dove were experimental spells cast by the pair to prove that the two conflicting mystic houses could work together fatally injured during that adventure, the two Lords of Order and Chaos gave the remainder of their essences to make the Hawk and Dove spells permanent. This merging gave both Hawk and Dove enhanced powers. It also left Dawn wondering if Hawk and Dove were meant to fall in love as their creators had.

Discovering their true forms in mystical Druspa Tau,
Hank and Dawn learn the secrets of their origins in
HAWK & DOVE(second series) #17 [1990].

But Dove had a different romantic partner in mind. While in Georgetown, Dove caught the attention of Captain “Sal” Arsala, leader of the Washington DC Special Crimes Unit, who was immediately taken with the bright and beautiful crimefighter. But unknown to Sal, it was difficult for Dove to date the colorful Captain because her powers only sparked when danger was near. So Dove attempted to date Sal as Dawn Granger, but donned in a white wig to protect her dual identity.

Meanwhile, Dawn’s friend Donna offered to play match-maker by arranging a blind date with her childhood friend, Brian. The situation became comically complicated when Dawn eventually met Donna’s friend at a holiday party – only to learn his full name: Brian “Sal” Arsala, the same man she was dating as Dove! This led Dawn to date Sal in both identities, hoping to win his heart in her civilian guise. Eventually, Dawn revealed her secret to Sal and the pair started to embark on a more serious relationship.

The Madness of Monarch

But the lovebirds’ burgeoning romance was cut tragically short. During an afternoon picnic, Dawn and Sal were ambushed by the time-displaced Monarch. The power-mad despot attacked the couple, savagely slaying Sal as Dawn watched in horror.

Seeking to insure his own origins, Monarch kidnapped Dove and used his teleportational ability to steal an odd array of equipment. Standing atop a hilly glen, Monarch proceeded to build a powerful device that would subjugate the Earth to his will. By this time, Hawk tracked them down and when Dove tried to stop Monarch, the villain seemingly killed her.

A chain of events is set into motion as Hank Hall
becomes Monarch in ARMAGEDDON: 2001 #2 [1991].

Hawk and Dove were always destined to be two sides of the same force, and they needed each other to maintain stability. With Dove dead, there was no one who could keep Hawk’s mind in check no one to stop him from slipping into chaos. And in a rage, Hawk killed Monarch – learning that he himself was the madman behind the mask.

Dove Flies Again

Dawn Granger was thought to be dead, but that was not so. The evil mage Mordru had actually saved Dawn from annihilation and created a concealment spell so she would appear dead. Mordru knew the offspring of Hawk and Dove would create a being of perfect balance between Order and Chaos – and he secretly planned to use that vessel for his own evil ends. Magically implanted with the seed of Hank Hall, Dawn gave birth to Hector Hall – who later assumed the mantle of Dr. Fate.

Dr. Fate believed his birth mother was Lyta Hall, until he finally deduced it was Dawn Granger. The realization of this broke through Mordru’s mystical ruse and forced the evil sorcerer’s hand. Possessing the body of Dr. Fate, the malevolent magic-user was ultimately defeated by the Justice Society. Now freed of her mystical imprisonment, Dove left to search for a new Hawk.

Dove explains her return in JSA #46 [2003].

Girls Of A Feather

Dawn found the new Hawk in an unlikely yet familiar place, as Chaos bestowed the powers of Hawk upon Holly Granger, Dawn’s London-reared younger sibling. The avian duo quickly made their mark as the latest Hawk and Dove, assisting the Titans in battling the more-dangerous-than-ever Dr. Light. But Dawn found her biggest challenge was in taming her sister’s fiery temperament.

After Superboy’s tragic death during the Infinite Crisis, the Teen Titans faced a year of heartache and turmoil. Hawk and Dove joined the team for a short time, but later quit. The group remained in constant upheaval until Robin returned and reorganized the Titans into a team.

Holly Granger relays some family history, as the new Hawk & Dove
team debuts 
in TEEN TITANS (third series) #22 [2005].

Dawn and Holly later joined Cyborg’s Titans East . But before the team had even begun, they were savagely attacked by the Sons of Trigon. Most of the team barely survived the onslaught.

Blackest Night, Brightest Day

Sadly, the female version of Hawk & Dove was ultimately short-lived. During the cosmic event known as The Blackest Night, the dead were imbued with Black Lantern energy and proceeded to attack and torment the living. Hank Hall rose from the dead, controlled by the evil Nekron, and murdered Holly Granger before her sister’s own eyes.

But on the heels of this tragedy, there was a ray of hope. Before Nekron could return everything back to the black void, a burst of white light put an end to this plan – resurrecting twelve fallen heroes and villains in the process. Now mysterious restored to life, Hank Hall has rejoined Dawn Granger – allowing the Hawk and Dove team to fly again.

Hank Hall is resurrected by a mysterious white light
in BLACKEST NIGHT #8 [2010].

Powers & Abilities


Dove has greater-than-average strength and dexterity, faster-than-human speed, the ability to fly, and expanded mental capabilities. She also heals incredibly quickly and cannot revert to Dawn if her wounds or some other condition would be fatal to Dawn. Dove fights mostly defensively, preferring to out-think and remain in control of her opponent.


Essential Reading


Hawk & Dove (mini series) #1-5 [1988]: Hawk encounters a woman claiming to be the new Dove. At first suspicious, he learns to trust her as she reveals her identity as Dawn Granger, a fellow student. The new team defeats Kestrel and decide to remain a team. First new Dove, Dawn Granger in issue #1.
Hawk & Dove (second series) #5 [1989]: Hank and Ren’s beach date is interrupted by a bully – a human time-bomb calling himself Sudden Death. Hawk becomes the ‘hero of the beach’ and saves the day, earning a kiss from Ren. Meanwhile, a deliriously sick Dawn is visited by the ghost of the first Dove, who voices his approval of her. Barter continues to plot against Hawk & Dove.
Hawk & Dove (second series) #11-12 [1990]: Hawk & Dove fight Andromeda and Gauntlet, but they escape with the robot M.A.C. as Hawk is badly injured. Hawk calls on the Titans for use of their T-jet to track the menacing robots to a remote island. Guest-starring the New Titans.
Hawk & Dove (second series) #14-17 [1990]: Kestrel [in the body of Ren Takamori] invites Hawk & Dove to the mystical land of Druspa Tau – also home to Lords of Chaos and Order. Hawk & Dove must cut a deal with Barter to transverse dimensions to Druspa Tau. Once in Druspa Tau, Hawk & Dove see their true forms and find their abilities are heightened exponentially. Hawk & Dove meet Terataya, the Lord of Order who gave Dove her powers, and T’Charr, the Lord of Chaos who gave Hawk his – the two entities have fused together as one entity.
Hawk & Dove Annual (second series) #1 [1990]: A mysterious note is sent to Dawn Granger from Lilith Clay. This leads Hawk, Dove and Flamebird to STAR Labs, where a mysterious portal has been found. To brave the portal, a temporary Titans West team is brought together: Hawk, Dove, Flamebird, Bumblebee, Golden Eagle and Chris “Dial H” King. Features a brief reunion of Titans West.
Hawk & Dove (second series) #20 [1991]: Dawn Granger’s holiday shopping trip is interrupted by thieves in Santa clothes. Dove apprehends them and learns the whole plan was a revenge scheme against a toy manufacturer. Dawn attends Donna and Kyle’s holiday party. There, she finally meets the man Donna has been trying to set Dawn up with – and Donna’s friend Brian, it turns out, is Captain Arsala! Can Dawn and Dove date the same man? Meanwhile, Ren and Hank reconcile.
Hawk & Dove (second series) #28 [1991]: Hawk & Dove then uncover the truth of the resurrected Senator Tom O’Neil – he is actually Roscoe Dillon [the villain known as the Top] in the body of the Senator! Dawn meets with Captain Arsala, and he reveals he thinks he has deduced who Dove is… and Dawn confirms his suspicions, bringing their relationship to a new level.
Armageddon 2001 #1-2 and Related Annuals [May-October, 1991]: ln the year 2001, all of Earth’s heroes perished, slain by one of their own. The aftermath was order imposed under the omnipresent gaze of Monarch, whose true identity was lost to history. But rebellion blossomed in Matthew Ryder, catapulted through time in order to deliver Monarch the means to maintain his well-crafted future. Transfigured by the timestream, Ryder emerged in the past as the chronally-charged Waverider and attempted to undo Monarch’s reality by revealing the possible futures of heroes likely to become the despot. Paradoxically, Monarch followed, murdering the heroine Dove in order to goad the brash Hawk, his own youthful self, into slaying him in revenge. Thus Hawk became Monarch! And armed with a formidable neutron bomb, the now-youthful Monarch battled Earth’s combined heroes, including Captain Atom, who absorbed the weapon’s life-destroying radiation and pursued the tyrant through time, thwarting his machinations. Hawk becomes Monarch in Armageddon 2001 #2. Apparent death of Dove II in Armageddon 2001 #2.
JSA #45-50 [2003]: Doctor Fate returns from his journey to Gemworld, where he finally discovers the true identity of the woman who gave birth to him. Dove (Dawn Granger) resurfaces alive and is revealed as Dr. Fate’s biological mother. Dove reveals that she has been cloaked by Mordru.
Teen Titans (third series) #22-23 [2005]: Doctor Light has forced the Titans’ hand and staged a publicized battle with the young heroes to take back his reputation. Hawk & Dove assist the Titans in battling Dr. Light. First appearance of Holly Granger [Hawk III] in Teen Titans #22.
Teen Titans #34 [2006]: One Year Later, it’s “The New Teen Titans!” A new year of exciting adventures begins with the “new” Teen Titans. Hawk, Dove, Aquagirl II, Zatara III, Offspring and Miss Martian are revealed as Titans members during the one year gap in a brief flashback panel.
Teen Titans East Special [2007]: A flashback reveals an untold tale of the New Teen Titans saving a pop star from Joker and Bizarro. Flash to the present: Cyborg seeks out his old Titans allies to become Titans once again. All the elder Titans (Nightwing, Flash, Troia, Raven, Starfire, Red Arrow and Beast Boy) turn him down. Undaunted, Cyborg gathers a Titans East composed of Hawk & Dove, Power Boy, Little Barda, Anima, Lagoon Boy and Son of Vulcan. During a routine training exercise, Cyborg orders the rest of the team to take down Power Boy. Power Boy holds his own against the heroes, until Dove takes a leadership role and starts using teamwork to reign in Power Boy. The team is then shocked to discover Power Boy’s lifeless, burned body hanging from a tree. Before the team can react, they are savagely attacked by an unseen foe shooting laser blasts from the sky. Continued in Titans #1. Cyborg, Hawk & Dove, Power Boy, Little Barda, Anima, Lagoon Boy and Son of Vulcan form Titans East in this issue; the team is also massacred in this issue. Death of Power Boy.
Blackest Night: Titans #1-3 [2009]: Black Lantern Titans are descending together onto Titans Island… as the Titans are confronted with their deceased allies and loved ones, including Robert Long, Terry Long, Terra, and Hawk. The undead Hank Hall, once Hawk, slays his successor, Holly Granger. Meanwhile, Dawn Granger realizes her abilities as Dove somehow connect her to a powerful white light. Death of Holly Granger in issue #1.
Blackest Night #1-8 [2009-2010]: As the War between the different colored Lantern Corps rages on, the prophecy of the Blackest Night descends. Ultimately, it’s up to the Green Lantern Corps to lead DC’s greatest champions in a battle to save the Universe from an army of undead Black Lanterns made up of fallen heroes and villains. Soon, it is revealed the evil Nekron orchestrated the events, in a plan to return everything back to the black void. But a burst of white light puts an end to this scheme – resurrecting twelve fallen heroes and villains in the process. Deadman. Hawkman. Hawkgirl. Reverse-Flash. Maxwell Lord. Captain Boomerang. Aquaman. Firestorm. Martian Manhunter. Hawk. Osiris. Jade. All of them brought back for mysterious reasons that would later be revealed. Hank Hall resurrected in issue #8.

The Kesels on Hawk & Dove


In 1988, DC published a five issue Hawk & Dove mini series. Written by Karl and Barbara Kesel with art by an unknown Rob Liefeld, the story introduced a new female Dove and tied the duo’s origins to the Lords of Chaos and Order. The charming mini was so successful, it sparked an ongoing series in 1990, which lasted 28 issues. In the Hawk & Dove Trade Paperback, the Kesels recall the how the series developed.

A Hawk & Dove commission by Karl Kesel from San Diego 2004.

Karl Kesel’s Version
Original Forward from the Hawk & Dove Trade Paperback

Creation stories – how something came to be – are interesting animals. Look at the creation myths from the various cultures around the world. There’s an eerie similarity between many of them, yet each is slightly different. It’s almost as if there was one, true, core event that happened, and each interpretation pushed it in a different direction. I’m sure the same can be said about Hawk and Dove.

This is my version of their creation story. I broke into the industry as an inker – but always knew I wanted to write comics, too. I was probably pretty annoying about it. I proposed a new series to Karen Berger within my first three months in the business, John Byrne nicknamed me “The Kibitzer,” and I overwhelmed John Ostrander with long letters about ideas for SUICIDE SQUAD. In the middle of all this – and more important than any of it – I became romantically involved with a shy young editor named Barbara Randall.

I was inking the figure of the dead Dove on George Pérez’s “Crisis” spread in The History of the Dc Universe not crying tears over the death of the guy since he was pretty much a minor hero, but regretting the end of a really interesting team. I always liked Hawk and Dove. I always thought how they’d say “Hawk!” and “Dove!” and transform was really cool. Then it hit me: The mysterious voice that gave Hawk and Dove their powers could easily give the Dove powers to someone else! Maybe… a woman! I called Barbara as soon as I could. She sparked off the idea instantly and before even we knew it, we were co-writers.

Barbara took the idea to another new DC editor: Mike Carlin. He gave us a chance, was very supportive, and made us work damn hard. By the time of the 1988 San Diego Comics Con, we had an approved mini-series.

I met Rob Liefeld for the first time at that convention. Barbara introduced us. Rob’s energy and enthusiasm was (and still is) infectious. His samples were very good. We thought he’d be perfect for the book. Mike agreed – although it meant a miniseries about a pair of obscure heroes scripted by a young writer and her untried collaborator, and penciled by a virtual unknown. Only the inker had anything close to a track record, and fans aren’t known for buying books based on the inking.

The fans bought this book – and not because of the inking. I like to think they bought it because, as rough and awkward as it is from time to time, there’s an undeniable life to It… a real love of comics that we all poured into it.

trivia:

1. Barbara created Kestrel. Rob Liefeld designed the costume. Mike Carlin decided it would be purple – midway between Hawk’s red and Dove’s blue. It honestly never occurred to us that “Kestrel” was so similar to “Kesel,” although every fan seemed to notice.
2. Rob insisted that we modify the original costume and let Dove’s hair show. It was a very good Idea.
3. Barbara Randall became Barbara Kesel between the inking of issues #1 and #2 of the miniseries. That’s why the inking gets better.
4. Mike Carlin’s one worry about the new Hawk and Dove was that If either one died, the voice(s) could easily replace them. This isn’t good in comics. It led Barbara to create the star-crossed lovers M’Shulla and T’Charr and, eventually, to a pivotal story in the HAWK & DOVE monthly series establishing Hawk and Dove as the last of their line. And then Dove was killed and Hawk became a murderous villain.The end.

Well, maybe not. See, now that I’m writing a monthly series for DC again, it’s crossed my mind that the second Dove’s death was very different from the first’s, and it’s just possible that…

Of course, if enough fans want it, anything is possible.

Karl Kesel
7/7/93

A Hawk & Dove commission by HAWK & DOVE inker,
Scott Hanna, courtesy of Rich Bernavotech.

Barbara Kesel’s Version
Original Forward from the Hawk & Dove Trade Paperback

Here’s how I remember it:

Back when I was newer to comics, I met this really nice guy. I have pictures of him I drew when I was in college. I met him three years after I graduated. He had all these sketchbooks I’d pore over while I waited for him to finish his quota of work for the day. One day I ran across a sketch of Hawk & Dove. Him and.. .her?

I was immediately excited about the idea. I burst up from my chair (in my usual sanguine fashion) and excitedly asked Karl where she had first appeared… when had they decided that Dove should be female? Of course! It was so obvious! The perfect partnership.. .yin and yang! Brains and brawn! Rage and patience! Blah, blah, blah! (Of course, you have to imagine the delivery at 78 RPM…)

“Oh,” said Karl, “That. I never liked Dove as a guy. Too wussy. I always thought Dove should be a girl.”

That’s how It started.

At the time, I was posted in the zoo office next door to Carlin. We had originally pitched Hawk & Dove as a feature for an anthology book Carlin was developing, but Mike saw the potential and developed it as Its own miniseries Instead. I knew Rob’s work from several sets of samples he’d sent to the office, and I knew he’d be right for the book (with Karl’s inking, of course – the necessary topper to any artist we brought in on the project-no bias here, Sarge), so I pestered Carlin unmercifully until he agreed to add a complete unknown to an under-pedigreed project.

And then it sold out. Cool.

This book was always very personal. It has its roots in real people:

Karl’s sister and my brother were the original models for the characters of Dawn and Hank (but only the good parts!); our parents became their parents; our friends became their friends. Kestrel’s name was an inside joke: my friend Ron had used the name (it’s a bird, look it up) as a gaming character- the most peaceful and loving character in the history of role-playing-so we used the name for our vicious mass murderer. Ren started out as my best friend, but just wouldn’t stay her. As writers, we’re always cannibalizing from our own lives in order to create true false reality, and there is, therefore, a lot of us in the mix.

This series always was about, if anything, love: the way it can invade and change your life without any respect for the way things had been, or perhaps should have been… Our love, and the feeling that a complementary partner is important to our own completion. Love for others, and what it will let you give up or give of yourself…

The book always was, and always will be, my favorite wedding present. I hope you all enjoy opening our gift.

Love.
Barbara (and Karl!)
7/7/93

 

How Hank Became Monarch


Jonathan Peterson on Hawk Becoming Monarch

TTC: Then there was the whole idea to launch Team Titans. You’ve mentioned about your idea to create this alternate universe; how did that get retro-fitted into the whole Armageddon 2001 event?

Jonathan Peterson: Well, as a DC sales boost, we always planned those annual events, so the DC editors showed up to pitch our ideas. Jeanette Kahn had the idea of setting it around the idea of 2001, ten years in the future, and I remember Archie Goodwin had the idea of each annual featuring the futures of the heroes. Jeanette liked that, but wanted something bigger around that. Denny O’Neil suggested using one of the mystical characters around it, but it still seemed sort of, “Been there, done that.”

Then I chimed in with my idea, that it would be some sort of murder mystery to connect the whole thing. Maybe do that in reverse. Someone in the future comes back and tries to figure something out by going from book to book, and Jeanette liked that. Then Archie on the spot created Waverider. He would be a new hero that was one with the time stream. I was involved with that to begin with, so it was a natural idea to tie it back into Titans. Then there was the whole disaster with Armageddon 2001: someone leaked the conclusion. Dick Giordano was beside himself. One day I was at lunch with Dick and Jerry Ordway, and suddenly I had this idea, “What if we changed the ending?” I thought it could be this great stunt. Let everyone think they know the ending, and we’ll create a secret finale and a dummy finale. Even the people at DC would see this dummy copy trafficking around, and Dick thought the idea was just crazy enough to work, so that’s what we did.

TTC: It’s pretty common knowledge that it was supposed to be Captain Atom, then it became the Titans-based character Hawk. How did you decide on Hawk, of all heroes?

JP: I remember this now. With Captain Atom, it made sense power-wise, with the atomic powers, and in a weird way, it would echo Watchmen’s Dr. Manhattan. Dr. Manhattan was based on Captain Atom since Watchmen started as the Charlton heroes anyway. Then we could also do a Anakin Skywalker thing. Hawk was this war-like guy anyway. You could just push him off the deep end, bring him to the dark side, and that would be the tragedy, that Waverider’s interference would ultimately be the event to cause Hawk’s transformation. He was a B-level character we could do something with, anyway.

TTC: And then have him kill Dove for extra drama.

JP: Right. And when that book hit, everyone was surprised, so it worked.

Barbara Kesel Sequential Tart Interview: Of Hawks & Doves

ST: Who’s idea was it for Hawk (Hank [Hawk & Dove] Hall) and a new Dove (Dawn Granger) to make the scene?

BK: When I was looking through one of Karl’s sketchbooks, he’d done a sketch of a female Dove. “Who’s this?” I asked. “Oh,” he said, “I always thought Dove should have been a girl character.” We chatted, I wrote up the proposal, and poor Carlin got badgered into the series.

ST: Was that the first time you and Karl had worked together? What is it like co-writing and working on a project with your husband?

BK: That was our first project together. We actually got married during the series. “Barbara Kesel” appeared in the credits before I was, I think.

ST: Did you ever argue over parts of the story?

BK: OH, YEAH!

ST: How did you settle disagreements about a particular point?

BK: I pouted, and Karl usually got his way.

ST: I HATED the ending of Hawk & Dove. What was the real reason that Hank Hall became Monarch and Dawn Granger died? What was the ending that you and Karl had planned for the series?

BK: Let’s get one thing clear: that wasn’t a planned ending of Hawk and Dove. That awful story was an Armageddon 2000 special created after somebody at DC spilled the beans about Captain Atom’s being Monarch. Then, a small number of people worked feverishly to find some other character to sacrifice, and since H&D had just been cancelled!

If you’ve ever pitied anyone, pity Jonathan Peterson, the poor person who had to give me the news. I wasn’t pleased, and wasn’t shy about sharing. If there’s anything I hate with a passion, it’s characters behaving out of character, especially when it involves a smart woman being stupid for no reason. H&D becoming Monarch could have been a clever idea: if they BOTH became the character, their innately opposite natures could explain a schizophrenic villain. As it was, it was a last-minute fix that sucked. The ending closest to what I have in mind was in the Unity story in the H&D Annual #2, but it’s all water under the bridge.

above info courtesy of http://www.sequentialtart.com [May 1, 2000]

The new Hawk & Dove team debuted in TEEN TITANS (third series) #22 [2005].

The One Year Gap Titans


“You call this the Titans? Since Superboy died, the Titans have gone through over twenty new members. But no one wanted to stay very long. No one got along.”
– Wonder Girl (Teen Titans (third series) #36 [2006])

DC’s “One Year Later” event occurred March of 2006. In Teen Titans #33, Superboy and Nightwing are in the thick of the Infinite Crisis world-shattering event. With Teen Titans #34, a full year has passed since the Crisis. A comatose Cyborg awakens to discover the only active Titans: Robin, Ravager and Kid Devil. Cyborg is told that the Titans had quite a few membership shake-ups during his “missing year.”

Readers shared in Cyborg’s confusion. Following the limited series, Infinite Crisis, every DC comic series jumped ahead by one year between February 2006 and March 2006. With DC’s March books, the characters’ histories resumed “one year later.” During the “missing year” between Teen Titans #33 and #34, over 20 new or returning members joined the team. They would come and go, most only being on the team a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. One team was glimpsed at in Teen Titans #34. Teen Titans #38 revealed all the “One Year Gap Titans” in a double page spread.

The “One Year Gap” Titans revealed in TEEN TITANS #38 [2006].
(click to enlarge) 

The “One Year Gap” New Titans include:

1. Kid Devil: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
2. Aquagirl II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
3. Dove II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
4. Hawk III: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
5. Miss Martian: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
6. Zatara: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
7. Offspring: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
8. Talon: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
9. Power Boy: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
10. Little Barda: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
11. Molecule: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
12. Mas: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
13. Menos: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
14. Bombshell: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
15. Young Frankenstein: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
16. Riddler’s Daughter: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
17. Osiris: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

The “One Year Gap” Returning Titans include:

18. Ravager: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
19. Joker’s Daughter : Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
20. Argent [with new costume]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
21. Mirage: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
22. Flamebird: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
23. Red Star: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
24. Hotspot [formerly Joto]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
25. Captain Marvel Jr.: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

Hawk & Dove Timeline: Closing the “One Year Later” Gap
Here’s a list of major events revealed during the “Missing Year:”

  • The Titans aid the heroes during the Infinite Crisis. While saving the universe from Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor, Superboy is killed in battle. [IC #1-7] With Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin, Kid Flash, Starfire and Cyborg gone, Raven and Beast Boy try to keep the Teen Titans together. [TT #34]
  • Speedy tries to keep the Titans together with a team consisting of Hawk, Dove, Aquagirl, Miss Martian, Offspring and Zatara. [TT #34]
  • Raven mentions that Hawk & Dove have quit the team. [52w32]
  • Black Adam ignites World War III. [52w49]
  • Hawk & Dove have rejoined the Titans. [ WWIIIp3: Hell is For Heroes]
  • The Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Offspring, Talon, Young Frankenstein, Hawk & Dove and Terra – confront a rampaging Black Adam in Greece. Black Adam brutally kills both Young Frankenstein and Terra. [ WWIIIp3: Hell is For Heroes]

Note: Raven mentions Hawk & Dove have quit the Teen Titans in 52: WEEK THIRTY-TWO. But they later appear as members during Black Adam’s rampage in 52: WEEK FIFTY. For a complete timeline of the “one year gap,” click here.



Sources for this entry: DC Who’s Who Binder Series, The New Titans Sourcebook [Mayfair Games, 1990], supplemented by titanstower.com


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