YMMV / Hawkman

  • Badass Decay: Golden Age Shiera Hall once she actually became Hawkgirl.
  • Broken Base: Golden Age vs Silver Age; reincarnation vs space cops. Some like the Golden Age version for having more room for emotional stories and having a cool mystic bent. Others prefer the Silver Age version for its possibilities for political stories and having a cool, dark sci-fi bent. What doesn't help matters is that, due to the characters' names (Carter and Katar) being so similar, they generally don't appear together. As such, when one version gets pushed, it always means the other is either killed or sent to Comic Book Limbo.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Katar's anti-trade sentiments and nationalist bent in Hawkworld takes on a whole new layer in the wake of Donald Trump's political career.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Brave and the Bold #42 shows that Thanagarians use "identi-cards" that are similar to credits cards, which aren't invented until the late 70s. And the issue was published in 1962.
  • Moment of Awesome: Hawkman's return in JSA.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Katar in the first Hawkworld starts off as an angsty, aloof teenager with vaguely nationalist and xenophobic leanings but ultimately a well-meaning and humble-for-his-environment kid. When he's exiled to the Isle of Chance, he almost immediately murders a Wingor for the artificial wings we was making, only to discover the Wingor has natural wings and was building the wings for him. Although it's hand-waved as Katar being under the influences of drug withdrawal and the Wingor's brother forgives him instantly, it's incredibly hard to get behind Katar after this.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Hawkman during the 90s, from his occasional Jerkass moments to his fascistic worldview. While intended to be a foil to Green Arrow's more liberal bend, Arrow usually comes off as well-meaning but silly, whereas Carter is borderline Anti-Hero.
    • This happens in the original Hawkworld series as well where he comes off as a spoiled, whiny brat who is realizing his whole society is built on the backs of oppressed alien species but isn't really doing much about it. Then, he murders a Wingor in a frenzy, killing any shred of sympathy one might have for him. Then, the final issue sees him becoming a director of a hospital for poor downsiders, finally becoming a little more sympathetic before abandoning it all to go on a blood quest against Byth and rejoining the Wingmen to satisfy that vengeance.