Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #3 Review – The Ascension of Darkhawk

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A Kree ship, pinned down by the Badoon, is suddenly saved by a cosmic force that dispatches the Badoon instantaneously. That force is the new Talon, the Starhawk. Back on Arcturus, Darkhawk is barely clinging to life. His wounds may take him, but he is suddenly visited by a hooded figure and a bird. The bird speaks, for it is Razor. He has returned to bestow a final gift upon Chris Powell.

Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #3 cover by Skan
Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #3 cover by Skan

Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #3 goes a bit off the rails in a way that I'm honestly totally fine with. The Starhawk is a wild but fun addition to the story, and I'm still hoping that this will somehow be revealed as a connection to the Starhawk of the original Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Razor and Chris Powell segment of the comic makes no sense from a standpoint that is in any way grounded in reality. However, it's one of those "reach true understanding" moments that, long story short, give Darkhawk a badass power boost akin to Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes.

I'm not going to argue that this comic is especially great or brilliant, even if it does do some more character development with Chris Powell. That said, it's got enough character material and off-the-wall cosmic madness to be genuinely entertaining.

Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #3 art by Gang Hyuk Lim
Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #3 art by Gang Hyuk Lim

Gang Hyuk Lim continues to impress this issue with great renditions of some of the more insane existential elements of the comic. The Starhawk looks awesome, the alterations to Darkhawk's armor look good, and the overall comic thrives in the cosmic setting it's settled into. The color work is excellent too, and it balances the darker black and purple of space with neon blues and reds, creating something visually great.

Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #3 is a somewhat strange installment, but it has solid character moments and cool cosmic comic concepts (alliteration succeeded). Gang Hyuk Lim's artwork continues to be a brilliant choice for the book and its tone. This was a fun read and earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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