Hawk & Dove continues to be written by Sterling Gates and illustrated by Rob Liefield. The issue continues from the end of the last scene, where Condor and Swan had overtaken the dinner at the White House. Condor currently has a hold of the President.
Dove tries to calm everyone down, but Hawk decides he'd rather jump in and attack Condor. They tussle until Secret Service arrives. When they're both instructed to stand down, Condor's teeth go pointy and he bites the head off one before going back for the next. Hawk manages to stop him. Hawk tells Condor that there's not a lot he and Dove can't handle and Condor says he didn't think Hawk really liked Dove that much.
Meanwhile, downstairs, where Dove and Swan battle it out, while Judge Hall remains Swan's prisoner. Swan taunts Dove with tidbits of information about a circle, in which she and Hawk are jokes, and the swan song meaning death. Swan disappears after breathing fire at Dove, but the Swan Song starts just after, which Dove interprets as a call to follow her.
Upstairs, Hawk and Condor are fighting when Condor begins taunting with the same sort of cryptic information. How Hawk was born in a war that hasn't begun, conceived in a circle of blood, flames, tears, and death. An explosion tears them apart and we go back to Dove, who is following the song.
Dove speaks to Swan as if she's right there, telling her this song won't unnerve her. She doesn't want to fight. All she really wants is to know why they're attacking. Swan says, they're going to fight because that's how she and Condor get their power, and that they didn't come to give them information, they came to kill them. Surprising Dove with a kick between the shoulder blades, Swan says they came to take their power for themselves. As Dove lays motionless on the ground, Swan says she knows Dove doesn't love her partner but that she'll be free of him shortly.
Back where Judge Hall lays trapped under rubble Deadman-as-the-President helps free him. Upstairs, Secret Services attempt to take control of the situation. Deadman takes over one of them to tell Hawk they've secured the hostages. Hawk asks for help, as Dove is busy downstairs. Deadman makes a joke but helps by taking over Condor.
Inside Condor, there's a terrifying dinosaur/bird hybrid, and Deadman makes a quick exit. Condor attacks again, informing Hawk he's been waiting for this for years, gathering powers from others in the circle so he could easily defeat him. All that's left is for him to taste Hawk's powers, and he's going to savor them just as they did with "Do-".
That's when Dove reappears, shoving a sword through Condor's chest. She checks in with Hawk, but they see Condor begin to heal on the floor. He doesn't take the form of Condor again, but rather he reverts to an old man and Hawk says he's not too old to answer questions, something Hawk has plenty of.
One of the things I've noticed about the issue threes I'm reading, with a notable exception, is that I'm enjoying them more than the previous two issues. With Hawk and Dove, the action is really picking up and now that we have exposition and casting out of the way, it's more so about the butt-kicking that a comic should show at least once in awhile. With the first two issues written the way they were, I thought this was going to be "Wham-Bam-You're-Off-To-The-Slam." I said last time I hoped they wrapped up at least one of the villain storylines they had going on, but now I'm kind of happy this one is still going. The way Condor and Swan were talking, it sounds like this is going past the origin of just Hank Hall and Dawn Granger or even Don Hall, it sounds like this is going to the origin of the avatars of War and Peace. That's something I am definitely interested in reading.
The art had a little quirk that I didn't really like. It was similar to television cameras. During the first splash page, where Hawk is attacking Condor, that's in focus, while Dove and Swan were approximately six feet away and completely out of focus. Aside from that, the art was solid. It's not my favorite, but I like some of the concepts that go along with this. I loved the panels of Deadman in Condor's mind.
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Reviewed by Melinda Hinman