Happy New Year! Here is an update of the Hawkgirl/Covergirl Collection. I collect comic books and only ones with Hawkgirl on the cover. To date, 180 covers have been collected and I have identified at least sixty others. Six covers were added to the collection this time around.
Justice Society of America (2006-2011 3rd Series) #17A (August 2008) FN $1.70
The other day, I went with an offer on Comixology for discounts on the three volumes that collect the “Thy Kingdom Come” storyline from a decade ago. This is a storyline in the Justice Society of America (2006-2011 3rd Series). The story was written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Dale Eaglesham and Alex Ross and it ran for 13 issues starting with #9 (November 2007) and ending with issue #22 (February 2009).
I did not expect to see Hawkgirl in this story. During this timeframe, Hawkgirl was an active team member of the Justice League of America. During this time, Carter was doing his thing in the JSA and Kendra was doing her thing in the JLA.
Even though I had previously cataloged that she appears on this cover, I was surprised to see her on the cover of #17A because up to that point she had not appeared anywhere within the story. I still did not expect to see her within the story because this would not be the first time she appeared on the cover but not between the covers of an issue. See for example Justice League of America #170 (September 1979).
However, in this issue, she does make appearance in a mid-story, single page/scene with Hawkman. In the scene Hawkman has gone back to the Stone Chat Museum in St. Roch. A relic has arrived there that is on loan from the United States military. It is the relic that empowered one of the new recruits to the Justice Society of America. Kendra is there at the same time and they make small talk about what is going on with Gog & Magog, the antagonists of the story.
She makes the comment: “They want you back, you know.” She is referring to the Justice League. Immediately Carter brings up the subject of his long running feud with Green Arrow. Going deeper, Carter mentions Kendra’s friend, Roy “Red Arrow” Harper, saying that Roy’s mouth is worse than Ollie’s. This comment is curious because, unknown to Carter (?), Kendra has been sleeping with Roy “Red Arrow” Harper.
The relationship between Carter and Shiera (Kendra) was always one of tragic romance, but sometimes it involved unrequited love. At this stage in their lives, Carter was still passionately in love with Shiera, but Kendra had issues accepting that she was hosting the spirit of Shiera and she did not have romantic feelings towards Carter.
Justice League of America (2006 2nd Series) #22 (August 2008) VF $1.70
In the same month that Hawkgirl appeared on the cover of Justice Society of America, she was also on the cover of Justice League of America. As I previously mentioned, Kendra and Roy Harper had become a couple. However, at this point they were in the pre-breakup stage. It is in this issue, that we get a peek into what a lover’s spat between two super heroes looks like. It was just like any other lover’s spat, except this one involved a mace and quiver full of arrows.
Roy: You know, if you are mad about something, we could just talk.
Kendra: We could… Alternatively, I could kick your ass until I feel better.
Hawkgirl (2006) #65 (August 2007) VF $1.70
Hawkgirl appeared on every cover of the short-lived Hawkgirl series of 2006/7. There is a total of 17 issues, of which I have eight so far. As I was deciding what to get this time around, this one caught my eye because the rare-bird appears twice on the cover.
Justice League (2018 DC) #14B (February 2019) NM $3.99
Since this past July, after a seven-year absence, Hawkgirl has appeared about a half-dozen times on the cover of the latest run of Justice League, yet I was not keeping a close eye on it. I was planning to buy issues #10 and #11, but when I saw that she was currently appearing on two variant “B” covers and they were hot off the press, I jumped the line and grabbed #14B and #15B
Justice League (2018 DC) #15B (March 2019) NM $3.99
Justice League of America (2006 2nd Series) #1A (October 2006) VF $2.40
Finally, as I was looking at the covers that I had cataloged for Justice League of America (2006), I was reminded that last time around I had purchased the variant “B” cover for the first issue of Justice League of America. This is the group picture showing one half of the total membership of the Justice League of America. When I saw that the “A” cover was available rated VF, I had to add this to the collection even though Hawkgirl is not on this cover. That is because she is standing on the other side of the room shown on the variant “B” cover.