On the one hand, I really enjoyed this issue of The Unexpected. The story moved along well. There was some good action and character development. Ronan Cliquet’s art is exceptional. In and of itself, this was a wonderful story.
But it felt like I was reading a really good issue of Hawkman, instead of a really good issue of The Unexpected.
I guess that is a risk this book needs to take. The guest stars are usually at the centre of the issue, with Neon and Firebrand working more to carry the overall plot forward. But in this case, Hawkman all but overwhelms the other two.
It does make sense. The villain, Onimar Synnn, is, first and foremost, a Hawkman villain. The weight of backstory puts the spotlight on these two, no matter how much Neon and Firebrand get into the middle of it.
But it does make this one more difficult to review. I am still giving it a high ranking. I enjoyed it, and am eager to see where it goes next. And as I said, the art on this issue is just beautiful.
It looks like Hawkman will be around for the next issue as well. Will he be a continuing character in the book? I suppose that is entirely possible. It wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, either.
And, thinking about it, I guess I have no right to complain that a book called The Unexpected didn’t do what I was I was expecting this issue to do.
All in all, this is a fun issue, no matter whether it felt like an issue of Hawkman or not.