Hawkgirl/Covergirl Collection #84

Hawkgirl #64 (July 2007) VF $2.40

If I had to sum up the back story for Hawkgirl and Hawkman with one word it would be “reincarnation” and I would use the same word to sum up the story titled “Queen of Darkness” found in issue #64 of the short-lived series Hawkgirl (2006). In the story written by Walt Simonson and drawn by Dennis Calero, Hawkgirl flies to Metropolis to visit the Archaeological Studies Center. She is searching for information regarding the past lives of Hawkman and Hawkgirl; particularly their time in ancient Egypt as Prince Khufu and Princess Chayara. Within moments of her arrival, her destination, a multi-story building in Metropolis, is leveled by a gas explosion. This is the beginning of a classic mystery men-style Hawkman story straight out of the Golden age.

Cover by Walt Simonson

A very hyperactive Superman arrives on the scene and using his X-ray vision helps Hawkgirl in finding the floppy disk that she was coming to retrieve. Superman scans the disc and finds that it is encrypted. He suggests that Hawkgirl employ the resources of Oracle (a.k.a. Barbara Gordon, formerly known as Batgirl).

Hawkgirl is hot on the trail of their primordial adversary known as Hath-Set – the villainous traitor that murdered Prince Khufu and Princess Chayara. He, as Dr. Anton Hastor, along with Carter Hall (a.k.a. Hawkman) and Shiera Saunders appeared in the very first Hawkman story in Flash Comics #1 July 1940.

On the cover of Hawkgirl #64 we see Hawkgirl and Superman are engaged in the heavy combat. This is not the first time that the pair has appeared by themselves on a cover. They first appeared together on the cover of DC Comics Presents #37 (September 1981).

Cover by Jim Starlin