Ok, first things first. The title does not lie. The final issue of Death of Hawkman does, indeed, see the hero die. But of all the DC heroes, the most killable is Hawkman, as reincarnation has been an element of the character since his introduction back in 1940. And no, they don’t cop out by bringing him back before the miniseries is done. It’s just safe to say that he will return at some point down the road.
Perhaps that is why the entire series has been narrated by Adam Strange. With Hawkman’s death foretold from the very beginning, there had to be some other character we could genuinely worry about. Adam fit that bill very nicely.
Andreyko brings the miniseries to a violent and extreme finale. If I have any qualms about this last issue it’s simply that it milked its way towards the big death scene at the end.
Fortunately, there are some other surprises along the way, which kept the book from being predictable. Both Adam Strange and Despero wind up in danger as well, before the story is done.
It’s also worth commenting that Andreyko handles the Nth metal very well. Despero had made himself a suit of armour out of it in the previous issue, removing what little advantage Hawkman had over him. The final battle becomes not merely physical, but also a contest of mental prowess and will, as to which of them can ultimately control it.
The series reaches a fulfilling conclusion, but it also leaves a big door open for the story to continue in another book. I certainly hope it does. I always enjoy Marc Andreyko’s storytelling, and would eagerly follow a continuation of this tale.