Hawk & Dove are a lesser-known crimefighting duo, the “avatars” of war and peace. I expected a lot of the backstory of the characters to be effectively “wiped out” in this reboot, but this issue shows that a lot of it is staying. The early history of the duo is laid out in summary, with the death of Don Hall in a great “crisis” being touched on. I don’t know if this means that the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths is still part of the canon, but I doubt it.
I’m also glad that the romance between Dove and Deadman that popped up in Brightest Day is still going strong. Again, I don’t know if Brightest Day is still part of the canon or not, but I’m assuming no. Also, I wonder why Dove can actually see and talk to Deadman. Has the character been changed so he’s not invisible anymore? I’m fine with that, because that means he can actually interact with other characters, which means we’ll get to see him more.
The last page of this issue shows a gold-colored version of Hawk. I don’t know if that’s supposed to be Hawk, or if that’s an old archenemy, or a new one. I guess we’ll see.
Also, it seems that this book may be more willing to tackle political issues than most other DC comics. The villain has some pretty damning political opinions (which are persuasive, I must say), and it looks like this book will take place primarily in Washington DC. Also, they’re called Hawk & Dove.