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Hawkworld: As Above, So Below was a comic book mini-series from DC Comics. In this new version, Katar Hol and Shayera Thal were rebooted in the prestige format limited series.


Publication history

It started out as a three issue limited series by Timothy Truman in 1989, and then it led to an ongoing series that lasted for four years (1990 - 1993) which included 32 issues, along with 3 annuals, by Truman and John Ostrander. After the Hawkworld ongoing series ended, Hawkman was spun-off into his own series (Hawkman volume 3) which lasted from 1993-1996.


Plot

Katar Hol was a young police officer on the planet Thanagar, and a child of a privileged family. But his homeworld had the policy to conquer and mine other worlds for their resources to maintain its high standard of living, and Hol realized that this was wrong. He rebelled against the system, and was sent into exile. However, 10 years later, he escaped and got the help of Shayera Thal, a young officer from a lower class of society, to uncover and defeat the renegade police captain Byth. As a result, Hol was reinstated in the Wingmen Force and given a new partner, Thal.


Continuity

Along with its contemporaries (The Man of Steel, Batman: Year One, Aquaman Special #1, and Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn), Hawkworld was intended to revise DC Universe continuity for the post-Crisis continuity that explored the origins of the Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkwoman. However, DC editors decided that it was not just an origin story; rather, it was occurring in the present, concurrently with the rest of DC's output (similar to Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals). This meant that the Hawks' entire history from the Silver Age of Comic Books onwards had to be disregarded, including their memberships in the Justice League (including his brief membership in Justice League International). This began a series of nonstop retcons to the Hawkman characters that ended with a new Hawkman returning in the pages of JSA.

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