DCnU Take 2: HAWK AND DOVE With Sterling Gates

DCnU Take 2: HAWK AND DOVE With Gates

DC's new Hawk and Dove comic, which kicks off this week, is what writer Sterling Gates has described as "big superhero action with very character-driven stories."

And with an artist like Rob Liefeld on board, that "big" superhero action is bound to be more like "huge."


Last time we talked with Gates about Hawk and Dove
, the writer said there will be more "avatars" introduced to the DC Universe through the comic.

"The avatars of war and peace are embedded in Hawk and Dove, and the avatars give them their abilities. One of the first questions I asked when I first started talking to Rob about these characters was, 'Are there other avatars?'" Gates said. "Rob always had the idea that there should be. After he and I talked some more, we decided to make that a huge part of this run."

Gates also said he's approaching his comics a little differently than he did on his Supergirl run, opting instead for what he calls "semi-standalone stories."

Now that the first issue is about to hit comic shops, Newsarama followed up with Gates to find out if he can reveal more about Hawk and Dove. 


: Sterling, is there anything you couldn't talk about or detail before, when we first talked about Hawk and Dove, that you can tell readers now?

Sterling Gates: We've already let slip that there are going to be more avatars, and Rob's posted a few of them over on his Twitter feed. [Newsarama Note: We've got them right here in this article for you!] I think people are going to be surprised by where we go with that idea, and how greatly it affects different sides of the DC Universe. I should also say that Deadman plays a big role in Hawk and Dove's future, as well as the future of the War Circle.

Nrama: Now that you've seen the reaction from fans to the news about your comic, what are the top three things you want to clarify about it?

Gates: 1) Hawk is Wolverine and the Hulk, all rolled up into one, but with even less patience. He's a dangerous man, and sometimes not even his partner can keep his soul at peace.

2) There are a lot more avatars than people think, and each one of them has a specific purpose in the DCU.

3) Rob Liefeld is kicking ass on these issues, and I really think people are going to be surprised by how much he's putting into this book. He started his career with Hawk and Dove, and he really wants to bring things full circle with this book. A few people have told me on Twitter that they're worried about the schedule, but Rob's almost finished with issue #4 and hoping to start issue #5 soon. And that's before issue #1 has shipped!


: Now that you're further into writing the comic, how would you describe the direction your title is taking?

Gates: It's pretty....well, it's pretty insane, honestly. No one issue is like the one before it, and it's going to be all-action, all the time! Zombies, evil politicians, explosions galore! It's my big action book. I'm trying to find a way to balance the action bits with character development, and I'm using a much, much looser style of writing than I've ever used before. I'll be interested in seeing what readers think.

Nrama: What character(s) in your comic do you expect to become beloved by fans? And why?

Gates: Dove. She's holding on to a lot of secrets right now, and that makes her a more interesting character to me. Some stuff happens in issue #4 that brings a lot of facts about Dove to light, and I'm really going to dig into what her life was like before being "Hawk and Dove." It's unexplored territory, and I'm going to flesh out her character as much as possible.

Nrama: Most important thing you want readers to remember about your comic?

Gates: Remember, comics are meant to be enjoyable and fun! Rob and I are crafting a "rock 'em, sock 'em" book that feels a lot like the books I loved when I was a kid -- and it's meant to. I'm very aware that it's a little different from my other work, but I'm doing a big, bold action book that's "in-your-face" fun and excitement. That can be a bad word in comics these days, "fun," but I think Hawk and Dove will surprise people. Rob's very well-known in the comics industry for his dynamic pencil work, and he's really bringing his A-game to Hawk and Dove. I hope everyone checks it out!

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