Comicbook / Hawk and Dove

Hawk and Dove are a duo of superheroes created by Steve Ditko and Steve Keates.

Hank and Don Hall are two brothers with opposing points of view; while Hank believes in violence as the only way to solve any problem, Don believes in reaching his enemies with an open hand instead of a closed fist. Two Lords of Order and Chaos (cosmic entities of The DCU), to show their peers that order and chaos can work together, bestow the brothers with heightened strength and agility each time that Hank yells "Hawk!" and Don says "Dove!" Hawk and Dove eventually meet and join the Teen Titans.

After Don's death during Crisis on Infinite Earths, a woman named Dawn Granger became the new Dove to keep Hawk balanced. This lasted for a while, between 1986 and 1991, until Armageddon 2001, when due to behind-the-scenes reasons, Hank became the supervillain the Monarch, and Dawn died. Hank disappeared for some time, before re-appearing in Zero Hour as Extant, the supposed Big Bad (though he was actually working for Parallax, the real villain of that story).

During Geoff Johns run on Justice Society of America, Extant was killed by Atom Smasher. And then Dawn turned out to have been alive all along, her death having been faked by the evil wizard Mordru, who was also responsible for Hank's descent into villainy. The next time Dawn reappeared, she had a new partner, her never-before mentioned sister Holly, who'd been living in Britain. The due remained mostly in the background for a time.

Then, in Blackest Night, Hank was brought back as a Black Lantern, who hunted down and killed Holly. At the end of the event, Hank was revived by the White Lantern. He and Dawn then joined the newest version of the Birds of Prey. At the same time, Dawn began a relationship with Deadman.

When DC instituted the New 52 line-wide reboot, Hawk and Dove (the Hank and Dawn version) got a new series, which introduced several new bird-themed avatars, opposed to Hawk and Dove. However, it didn't sell well, and failed within eight issues. They have most recently appeared in Titans Hunt (2015), which reveals that a version of the classic Titans once existed in the New 52 universe, but everyone involved had their memories wiped. Apparently including Hank's memories of Don, who sacrificed himself to save the team.
  • Aborted Arc: The New 52 series had mention of a "war circle" Hawk was a part of, not to mention the whole deal with Condor and Alex Quirk, all abandoned after the series was cancelled.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing
  • Ax-Crazy: Swan, an Evil Counterpart to Dove, who got her powers by stabbing another avatar.
  • Code Name: Hank Hall and Dawn Granger are Hawk and Dove, matched avatars for War and Peace, respectively.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Dawn, in the reboot. The exact details never get expanded upon, but the implication is she was homeless, and much more violent than her present behaviour suggests.
  • Deader Than Dead: Condor makes an offhand comment about having eaten Don's soul. He's interrupted before he can finish, and the series was cancelled before it could be explained any further.
  • Depending on the Artist: Hank Hall/Hawk's build has varied from being simply brawny to full-on Liefeldian beefiness (it doesn't help that the '80s mini-series was drawn by Liefeld to start with).
    • Artists also waver between showing Hawk and Dove's eyes through their costumes or doing a full-on Batman effect with whiting out their eyes.
    • Dawn Granger/Dove II started out as an average-height girl who would magically grow to become taller as Dove, while her shorter blonde hair would change to become long and white. In recent years, artists often forget this and portray her height as being the same in both forms and her hair winds up often being colored white in civilian mode too.
  • Force and Finesse: Hawk and Dove's natural inclinations, respectively.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Due to some Executive Meddling, Hank wound up becoming the villain Monarch in 'Armageddon 2001. He then changed his codename to Extant and killed a number of Justice Society members, as well as attempting to rewrite history. Post-Blackest Night, Hank's on the side of the heroes again, though not all together.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dove, during Crisis on Infinite Earths. In the actual event, he was disintegrated by the shadow demons. This was retconned in Post-Crisis continuity to him being crushed by falling rubble, so that there would be a body left behind to bury (and confirm his death).
    • In the New 52 continuity he sacrificed himself to stop Mr Twister, presumably at the start of his career.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness:
    • Don Hall during Blackest Night is the only corpse immune to Black Ring resurrection. He was apparently so at peace with his death that his white aura utterly obliterated any Black Lantern rings that tried to reanimate his corpse.
    • Dawn Granger has this while alive, and it's weaponized.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hawk, in some writers' interpretations. Otherwise, he's more known for being an outright Jerkass.
  • Killed Off for Real: Don's death has never been either Retconed or reversed; even 30 years (and a reboot) later, his successor Dawn remains the new Dove and his brother Hank's partner.
  • Legacy Character: Dawn Granger, the current Dove, inherited the title from Don Hall.
  • Light 'em Up: During Blackest Night, Dove displayed the ability to give off a bright white light that destroyed Black Lanterns.
  • Male Gaze: Dawn get many as Dove.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Underwent this in a guest appearance in The Brave and the Bold in the 1970s. Overlapped with a bit of a Continuity Snarl, as Hank and Don were aged up to being adult men while the rest of the DCU didn't age with them. Marv Wolfman then poked fun at the continuity error in their cameo at Donna Troy's wedding, with the college-aged Hank and Don being baffled when someone had the impression that they were much older.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hawk's Red Oni to Dove's Blue Oni.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Dove and Hawk respectively.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang:
    • Hank was generally characterized as a short-tempered and fight-happy loudmouth, with Don being the calmer, more pacifistic, and studious brother.
      • Co-creator Steve Skeates expressed some dismay with the Flanderization that quickly set in after the heroes' debut, as Steve Ditko was more apt to writing the stories in Hank's favor and making Don come off too passive and weak, rather than balancing out the brothers' characterizations.
    • And again with Dawn and Holly Granger.
  • Stuffed In The Fridge: Holly Granger is killed during Blackest Night by Black Lantern Hank Hall.