I know the new DC Universe is racially diverse, but I allow know DC doesn’t like being topical with Presidents (so they can be timeless). But is the bad guy choking Obama at the end? It’s kind of ballsy.
Otherwise, Hawk & Dove is the opposite of ballsy. Gates’s plotting is so safe and traditional—unless you count someone getting tortured by a suicide girl—the comic would be terrible regardless of the artist. In two issues, Gates’s writing has made me wonder if I just imagined his Supergirl writing or if he just had a better editor.
This series follows Hawk, which is immediately boring, because Hawk is a big, dumb ox. His character’s nothing different, not even if he’s still living at home, like in the relaunch. It’s a terrible approach.
As for Liefeld, he’s even worse than last issue.
Hawk & Dove‘s clearly never going to improve.