Comicbook / Hawk and Dove

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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).

(At around this point, another Hawk & Dove were introduced in the wake of another Crisis Crossover, who had absolutely no connection with the Lords of Chaos and Order or Hank and Dawn. They got their own miniseries, joined a Titans offshoot that didn't go anywhere, and were never mentioned again.)

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.

General tropes

Hank Hall and Don Hall

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I Know Your True Name: Issue #15 (1990) features a subversion of this. Hawk and Dove find themselves stranded in Druspa Tau, a place of magic, different from their superheroic place of origin. There is a magical liquid metal called "tridic metal". It can be made to form any object the wielder can imagine but only if the wielder knows that object's True Name. One master does amazing things with the True Names of "staff" and "sword" and "morningstar" etc. Hawk? Figures out that if you know every last detail of an object, you don't need the True Name. So he picks up a blob of tridic metal and goes "Trigger. Muzzle. Safety catch ..."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Holly and Dawn Granger

  • C-List Fodder: Holly got her heart torn out by a Black Lantern, Hank Hall. Though turned into a zombie as well, she was not resurrected (having been disintegrated to ash by her sister's light powers)
  • Depending on the Artist:
    • Holly was shown with brown hair, red hair, and blonde hair throughout her short-lived time in the comics. The length of her hair also varied wildly, as did her height and bust size.
    • Dawn was originally depicted as a woman of average height in her civilian form, and would grow to be taller as Dove. Her hair would also change from blonde to white, and grow in length. Some of the later colorists forgot this and had her hair white in both of her identities, while artists depicted her hair as the same length in both.
  • Depending on the Writer: Geoff Johns and other writers intended for Holly to be the younger sister, though Judd Winick had the impression she was older. Some of the writers also seemed to forget that Dawn was around the age of the New Teen Titans, at times treating her as if she were a little younger.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Dawn's was so strong that her aura could destroy Black Lanterns.
  • 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.
  • Remember the New Guy: In the Kesels Hawk and Dove series, Dawn was stated to be an only child, which was something which she felt bad about. Geoff Johns attempted to quickly explain Holly's existence by stating that she had been living away in England since her childhood. But a confusing point was that he and other writers treated Dawn's parents as if they had been long divorced, while the Kesels showed them to have a happy marriage.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: Holly Granger is killed during Blackest Night by Black Lantern Hank Hall.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: During their time as a duo, Dawn was portrayed as the more responsible and cautious elder sister. Meanwhile, Holly was louder, reckless, and more fight-happy.

Hank Hall and Dawn Granger (New 52)

  • 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.
  • 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.


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