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 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.
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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