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Series Index: Hawk & Dove v2




Hawk and Dove #1 [1989] to #28 [1991]

Karl Kesel recalls how the new Hawk & Dove came about: “I was inking the figure of the dead Dove on George PĂ©rez’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 [Kesel] as soon as I could. She sparked off the idea instantly and before even we knew it, we were co-writers.” The writers were joined by then-upcoming artist Rob Liefeld for a five issue Hawk & Dove mini series in 1988.

In the revamped series, Hawk meets the new Dove and initially resents her for usurping his brother’s role. But by the end of the 5-issue mini, Hawk accepts Dawn Granger as his new partner in crime-fighting. The mini series was such a success that an ongoing series followed. Karl and Barbara Kesel remained as writers, but Greg Guler replaced Rob Liefeld as artist.

Stretching the idea beyond the obvious political metaphors, the writing duo decided to answer the lingering question behind the origin of Hawk & Dove: Just who gave them their powers? The answer was something that pre-existed within the DC Universe: The Lords of Chaos and Order. By making Dove and agent of Order and Hawk an agent of Chaos, the concept retained its yin-yang core.

In 1991, DC planned a major crossover called Armageddon 2001. ln the year 2001, all of Earth’s heroes perished, slain by one of their own. But just who was this villainous Monarch of the future? Originally, DC planned for Captain Atom to become the fallen hero. But since someone leaked the story’s secret, DC employed a last-minute change by making Hawk become Monarch in Armageddon 2001 #2. Sales on Hawk & Dove had dipped, and the series was slotted for cancellation. So Hawk became an available candidate to corrupt. In Armageddon 2001 #2, the time-traveling Monarch slays Dove – which causes Hank Hall to go mad and fulfill his destiny as Monarch. For readers who had become fond of Hawk & Dove under the Kesels, the ending was shocking and abrupt.

Barbara Kesel refelects: ” Let’s get one thing clear: that wasn’t a planned ending of Hawk and Dove. That awful story was an Armageddon 2001 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 Hawk & Dove 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. Hawk & Dove 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 Hawk & Dove Annual #2, but it’s all water under the bridge.”


Series Index:
Hawk and Dove #1-5 (mini-series)
Hawk and Dove #1-28
Hawk and Dove Annual #1-2

Crossover Index:
Armageddon 2001 #1-2

Key Issues and Storylines:
Hawk and Dove #1-5 (mini-series): Hawk meets the new Dove.
Hawk & Dove #1: Hawk & Dove fight Gauntlet as Barter plots against them.
Hawk & Dove #5: Hank has a beach date with Ren while a delirious Dawn is visited by Don Hall.
Hawk & Dove #11-12: Hawk & Dove fight Andromeda and Gauntlet with the Titans’ help.
Hawk & Dove #14-17: Hawk & Dove discover their true origins and become embroiled in a war of Order & Chaos.
Hawk & Dove #25-28: Hawk is duped into thinking his brother is alive; Dove sorts out her relationship with Sal.
Hawk and Dove Annual #1: Titans West reforms for a mission involving a portal to the dead.

Notable Creative Runs:
Kark & Barbara Kesel, Writers: Hawk & Dove (mini-series) #1-5, Hawk & Dove #1-28
Rob Liefeld, Artist: Hawk & Dove (mini-series) #1-5
Greg Guler, Artist: Hawk & Dove #1-28


Series Index: Hawk & Dove v2


Prelude: Five Issue Mini Series

Hawk & Dove #1 [1988] Part of a Five Issue Mini Series: Hank Hall settles at college in Georgetown and meets classmates Ren Takamori, Dawn Granger, Kyle Spencer and his fiancee Donna Cabot. A mysterious blond man kidnaps and tortures a string of men he thinks might be Hawk. Hawk, upon patrolling, runs into a mysterious new female Dove. First appearance of Dove II.

Hawk & Dove #2 [1988] Part of a Five Issue Mini Series: Hawk resents a new Dove usurping his brother’s role. Later, Hank Hall suspects the new Dove could be Ren, Dawn or Donna. Kestrel – the mysterious blond man – creates a bloodbath in his search for Hawk – and eventually kidnaps Hank Hall.

Hawk & Dove #3 [1988] Part of a Five Issue Mini Series: Hank is forced to reveal himself as Hawk to Kestrel. As Kestrel savagely attacks Hawk, he is aided by the mysterious new Dove, much to his chagrin. Kestrel entices a violent group of teens to aid his cause.

Hawk & Dove #4 [1988] Part of a Five Issue Mini Series: Hawk and Dove fight Kestrel’s forces – a group of teens granted powers by him. Hawk and Dove are able to defeat the teens as their bodies fail them; Kestrel’s mystical energies have consumed them. Dove meets Captain Arsala of the Washington DC Special Crimes Unit. Later, Dove reveals her identity of Dawn Granger to Hank Hall, vowing to stop Kestrel for good.

Hawk & Dove #5 [1988] Part of a Five Issue Mini Series: Dawn relates to Hank how she mysteriously received her powers while in London, enabling her to save her mother from terrorists. Hawk & Dove battle Kestrel in the Chaos Realm, as he drops hints to their true origins tied to Order and Chaos. Kestrel is then abuptly destroyed by an unseen force. Later, Dawn visits the Hank’s parents and discovers the first Dove died moments after she received the Dove powers. As Dawn and Hank resume their college life, they agree to remain partners.

Series: Ongoing Series

Hawk & Dove (second series) #1 [1989]: Dawn and Hank recall their adventures with the other heroes during the Alien Invasion by Dominator forces. Hawk & Dove are soon called into action to stop a rampaging robot known as Gauntlet. The mysterious Barter plots against Hawk & Dove.

Hawk & Dove (second series) #2-3 [1989]: Barter haggles with the Chaos Lord known as ‘The Child’ for information about Hawk & Dove. A homeless girl steals Dawn Granger’ mother’s broach and is transformed into an Aztec Godess, calling herself Azure. Azure captures Dr. Kafka and attempts a human sacrifice, but is thwarted by Hawk & Dove. The Untouchables – a group of high-tech thieves – confront Ren, Kyle and Donna.

Hawk & Dove (second series) #4 [1989]: The Untouchables begin a crime wave in Washington DC, using high-tech gadgets and modelling themselves after Chicago gangsters. They have stolen Donna’s engagement ring – among other things – and it’s up to Hawk & Dove to stop them. Hawk & Dove are able to thwart them, despite their high-tech gadgetry. Ren confronts Hank about the status of their relationship. Kyle harbors a secret from Donna. Captain Arsala expresses an interest in Dove.

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) #6-7 [1989]: Barter sends Hawk & Dove to Paris, where they must locate a mysterious ancient artifact – without using their powers. In exchange, Barter promises them the identities of the mysterious voices that granted them powers. Hank and Dawn are able to elude a number of traps, as they encounter the diabolical Count St. Germain and his associate, the deadly Kali Jehan. They return to Barter’s shop with the stolen artifact, and Dove deduces Barter’s plan – which is a counter-blackmail to the Count. Barter reveals the voices belonged to T’Charr, a Lord of Chaos, and Terataya, a Lord of Order – but reveals nothing else. Hank and Dawn are angered at the sparse information, but Barter reminds them he was true to their agreed deal. Meanwhile, in Georgetown, the Kestrel spirit assumes a new host body: Dugan, owner of the Georgetown college pub, Suds.

Hawk & Dove (second series) #8-9 [1990]: Ren fears the villain Copperhead will try to kill her for a picture she took, which implicates him in a murder. A giant robot M.A.C. attacks Georgetown, but Dove uses her wits to defeat it. Captain Arsala asks Dove out on a date. A mysterious woman weilding a gun demands to know the whereabouts of Kyle Spencer from Ren, Hank and Dawn. Copperhead, who was stalking Ren from afar, attacks the group. Hawk & Dove are able to capture Copperhead. The mysterious woman is revealed as Kyle’s Aunt Ruth, who is a wanted fugitive. Dove helps Ruth elude the police. Ren starts living dangerously, which worries her friends.

Hawk & Dove (second series) #10 [1990]: Ren continues behaving strangely. A female robot calling herself Andromeda teams up with her ‘husband’, Gauntlet to free the M.A.C. robot unit from the Special Crimes Unit.

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. The reunion is strained, as Titans’ members still bristle at Hank’s oafish behavior. Dove at first conceals her secret identity from the Titans, but later reveals herself as Dawn Granger.

Hawk & Dove and the Titans [Speedy, Troia, Jericho, Starfire, Cyborg and Raven] track down former government scientist Douglas Strange to a remote island, where he is living with Andromeda and controlling Gauntlet by remote control. The heroes battle the robots and a possessed Cyborg – they defeat the mechanical menaces but Andromeda is destroyed in the process. Douglas Strange grieves, as he reveals Andromeda was created in the image of his dead wife. It seems some years ago, Strange was forced by a bio-mechanical alien known as Scarab to use his robots to steal gold, which Scarab used as sustenance for itself and its young. When Strange’s devotion wavered, Scarab killed his wife. With the help of Hawk, Dove & the Titans, Strange is free from Scarab’s control – but Scarab nonetheless escapes. Dawn later offers the services of Hawk & Dove to the Titans, if ever they need it. Guest-starring the New Titans.

Hawk & Dove (second series) #13 [1990]: Dove attempts to date Captain Arsala, but must do so as Dawn Granger in a white-haired wig. Meanwhile, Kyle’s Aunt Ruth reveals her past to Hank, Ren, Kyle and Donna. Over 20 years ago, Ruth and her two radical friends planted a bomb at Graytech, a company that honored defense contracts. The plan went awry; as Ruth’s two friends were seemingly killed, Ruth escaped and has been on the run ever since. Ruth’s friend Shelly was actually transformed into a meta-human called ShellShock – and could cause explosions with a spoken word. She arrives and confronts Ruth, only to explode herself. Following this, Ruth leaves town. Hawk and Dove encounter Kestrel, who has possessed the body of Ren Takamori.

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. Meanwhile, a war is brewing between Chaos Lord M’Shulla and followers of Arriya, the Lord of Order. Finding themselves on opposite sides, Hawk and Dove are forced to do battle. Meanwhile, a countryman named Rome encounters Barter – who helps him summon Arriya, the Lord of Order, when he learns her true name: Terataya.

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. These two Lords had fallen in love and reveal 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 give the remainder of their essences to make the Hawk and Dove spells permanent. This merging gave both Hawk and Dove enhanced powers, but it means there will be no new Hawk or Dove if either of the current heroes die.

Terataya and T’Charr, upon their deaths, are able to stop M’Shulla from gaining control, and balance is restored between Order and Chaos in Druspa Tau. Ren is freed from Kestrel as Hawk is able to absorb its essense and subdue it. The heroes return home as Dawn is left wondering if Hawk and Dove were meant to fall in love as their creators had.

Hawk & Dove Annual (second series) #1 [1990]: Bette [Flamebird] Kane is brought to Washington DC for a tennis match against Donna Cabot – which reunites her with former Titans West teammate, Hank [Hawk] Hall. 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 [who was at STAR Labs testing his internalized Dial H powers]. Titans West discovers the portal brindges life and death – and a group of supervillains is trying to return to the world of the living. Mal and Lilith intervene and help prevent the villains from returning. Hank briefly considers trying to bring his brother, Don, back to life but realizes it is not meant to be. Flamebird suggests reforming the Titans West team, but no one is interested. Features a brief reunion of Titans West.

Hawk & Dove (second series) #18-19 [1990]: Hawk and Dove learn their abilities have been upgraded: Dove can fly, and Hawk is stronger. Ren is concerned that their discoveries on Druspa Tau may effect her relationship with Hawk. Meanwhile, the madcap Madmen try to steal a force-field generating vest, as Jack Ryder [secretly the Creeper] visits Georgetown. Hawk & Dove, with the Creeper as an unwanted ally, are able to prevent the theft.

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) #21 [1991]: The female furies from Apokolips are dispatched by Granny Goodness on a bloody scavanger hunt in Georgetown. Hawk & Dove are able to stop their destruction and drive them back to Apokolips. However, Hank’s friend Roger Bach is badly hurt in the process.

Hawk & Dove (second series) #22 [1991]: Roger recuperates at the hospital as Hank feels guilty for not protecting him. Sudden Death returns for a rematch with Hawk, only to be defeated by Hawk & Dove. Barbara Gordon surfaces in Washington D.C. A female criminal named Velvet Tiger aims to control the criminal empire of Washington and enlists the aid of Sudden Death. Hank gets a shocking message on his answering machine – from his dead brother, Don!

Hawk & Dove (second series) #23-24 [1991]: A group of computer-themed superpowered villains attack Velvet Tiger, and Hawk & Dove are caught in the middle. The villains are defeated, but Velvet Tiger escapes. Later, with the help of Barbara Gordon, Hawk & Dove capture Velvet Tiger and stop her plans to become the new criminal kingpin of Washington DC. Meanwhile, Dawn continues to date Captain Arsala as Dove and Dawn Granger – hoping he will prefer the more down-to-earth Dawn. Plus, Hawk continues to receive messages on his answering machine from his dead brother, Don; Only now, Don asks Hawk to steal the soul sapphire gem from the Smithsonian as a means to resurrect him.

Hawk & Dove (second series) #25 [1991]: Hank Hall experiences various different realities; In one, he and his brother Don are years older and their powers have been stripped away [in a nodding tribute to Brave and the Bold #181, and out-of-continuity Hawk & Dove tale]; In another reality, Dove [Don Hall] and Hawk [a female named Kathy] battle crime while Hank is confined to a wheelchair; In yet another reality, Dawn Granger and Hank Hall have become lovers, after losing their powers in Druspa Tau. Hank discovers these visions have been created by the soul sapphire gem, which he has stolen with hopes of resurrecting his dead brother, Don.

Dawn Granger enjoys a date with Captain Arsala, but Arsala is called into action when he learns of Hawk’s theft of the soul sapphire gem. Dawn, as Dove, confronts Hawk but he asks her to trust him. Dove tentatively allows Hawk to escape, as he wonders if all his effort will be worth the damage he has caused. Meanwhile, Barter observes Hawk’s actions with great interest.

Hawk & Dove Annual (second series) #2 [1990]: Waverider investigates a possible future of Hawk & Dove wherein Hank and Dawn have a child: Unity.

Hawk & Dove (second series) #26 [1991]: Dawn Granger worries about Hawk’s recent rash actions; His theft of the soul sapphire gem has made him a fugitive. This leads her to reflect on the events that led he to meet Hank. Shortly after she became Dove in London, she learned of the first Dove’s death. She traveled to Dove’s memorial service, and observed a despondent Hank Hall, who is comforted by Victor Stone and Roy Harper (his Titans teammates). Dawn observed Hank from afar and eventually followed him to Georgetown, as Kestrel tracked Hawk as well, but with far more sinister intentions. Dawn’s reflections are interrupted with news that Hawk is a wanted fugitive. Victor Stone and Roy Harper appear in a flashback scene.

Hawk & Dove (second series) #27 [1991]: Hank continues to follow instructions left by the voice claiming to be his dead brother, Don. ‘Don’ instructs Hawk to retrieve the dead body of Senator Tom O’Neill, whose death is brought about by a mysterious car accident. Hawk performs a magic ritual with the stolen soul sapphire gem and the senator’s corpse, hoping Don’s spirit will inhabit the senator’s body. It soon becomes obvious Hawk has been duped into performing a ritual with evil intentions – and Barter is revealed to be part of the sinister plot. Meanwhile, public opinion turns against Hawk.

Hawk & Dove (second series) #28 [1991]: Hank Hall’s mother, Rae, reveals to Dawn that she knew Don and Hank were Hawk & Dove – Don confided in her when he first became Dove. Rae has also deduced that Dawn is the new Dove and the two women set out to find Hawk. Meanwhile, the Aztec Godess, Azure, returns seeking revenge against Hawk & Dove. When Dove locates Hawk, the duo battles Azure and she is captured by the Special Crimes Unit.

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! Hawk & Dove battle him to a standstill and discover Barter orchestrated his resurrection using Hawk as a pawn. Roscoe Dillon uses the body of Senator Tom O’Neil to acquire political power – with his eye on the presidency. Although cleared of the murder of the Senator, Hawk is taken into custody for his recent actions.

Hank Hall reveals his identity to his father, who is a judge; his father helps arrange a deal enabling Hank to go free. Hank is reunited with Ren, who proposes marriage to him. 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. Death of Dove II in Armageddon 2001 #2.


Annuals

Hawk & Dove Annual (second series) #1 [1990]: Bette [Flamebird] Kane is brought to Washington DC for a tennis match against Donna Cabot – which reunites her with former Titans West teammate, Hank [Hawk] Hall. 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 [who was at STAR Labs testing his internalized Dial H powers]. Titans West discovers the portal brindges life and death – and a group of supervillains is trying to return to the world of the living. Mal and Lilith intervene and help prevent the villains from returning. Hank briefly considers trying to bring his brother, Don, back to life but realizes it is not meant to be. Flamebird suggests reforming the Titans West team, but no one is interested. Features a brief reunion of Titans West.

Hawk & Dove Annual (second series) #2 [1990]: Waverider investigates a possible future of Hawk & Dove wherein Hank and Dawn have a child: Unity.


Crossovers & Appearances of Note

IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

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. Death of Dove II in Armageddon 2001 #2.


 


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