Hawkwoman

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Hawkwoman
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Shayera Thal as Hawkwoman.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearance(Hol)
The Brave and the Bold #34 (February–March 1961)
(Thal)
Hawkworld vol. 1, #1 (1989)
(Parker)
Hawkworld vol. 2, #21 (April 1992)
Created by(Hol, Thal)
Gardner Fox
Joe Kubert
(Thal revamp)
Tim Truman
(Parker revamp)
John Ostrander, Graham Nolan
In-story information
Full name- Shayera Hol
- Shayera Thal
- Sharon Parker
Place of origin(Hol, Thal)
Thanagar
Team affiliations(Hol)
Justice League
(Parker)
Justice League International
(Thal)
Elite Hawkmen Force
(All)
Justice League
PartnershipsHawkman
Notable aliases(Hol)
Shiera Hall
Hawkgirl
(Thal)
Shayera Hol
Hawkgirl
(Parker)
Sharon Hall
Abilities(All)
Belt/harness containing of Nth metal that defies gravity, with artificial wings allowing powered flight, enhanced strength and quickness.
(Hol, Parker)
Ancient holistic tools and weaponry
(Thal)
Energy weaponry

Hawkwoman is the name of several fictional superheroines all owned by DC Comics and existing in that company's DC Universe. They are partners, and sometimes spouses or lovers, of the various versions of Hawkman, and share many features with the character Hawkgirl.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Shayera Hol[edit]

Sharon Parker[edit]

Years before the events told in the Invasion story arc, Fel Andar, a hybrid Human-Thanagarian spy, was sent to Earth to infiltrate among humans. Eventually he met and married an Earth woman, Sharon Parker, who would soon give birth to Charley Parker, later known as the Golden Eagle.

Costume worn by Sharon Parker. Art by Jan Duursema.

When Charley was four years old, Thanagar called Andar to active duty, so he joined the Justice League International claiming to be Carter and Shiera Hall's son Carter Hall, Jr. Andar never told the Thanagarian Empire about Charley, so they mindwiped Shayera, forcing her to take the identity of Hawkwoman Sharon Hall, wife of Carter Hall Jr.

When Sharon learned about the masquerade she exposed the truth to J'onn J'onzz and Maxwell Lord. Confronted by both, Andar escaped back to Thanagar and Sharon perished.

Shayera Thal[edit]

Shayera Thal II is the illegitimate daughter of Shayera Thal I and Andar Pul, Thanagar's Administrator of Protection and close friend of Shayera I's father Thal Provis. Andar Pul had seduced the then 13-year-old Shayera I and her pregnancy became a political scandal that threatened to put her father's political activities to a hold. As a result, Shayera II was abandoned in Downside by her mother shortly after her birth.

When she was ten, she first met Wingman ensign Katar Hol during his first mission to the Thanagarian ghettos. Her mother was killed in a terrorist bombing.

When Shayera lost her Downside guardian as a result of a police action she was sent to an orphanage in the High Towers. Here she was found and adopted by Thal Provis, whose grief over the loss of his own daughter, had led him to find and reclaim his granddaughter. She was unaware Provis was really her grandfather until much later.

As a young woman, Shayera became a Wingmen and eventually meets Katar Hol again. She helped him stop Byth's drug smuggling.

In the early 1990s, Thanagarian policemen partners Katar Hol and Shayera Thal arrived on Earth (following an attempted Thanagarian invasion of Earth) with the mission to capture the Thanagarian shapeshifting criminal Byth. They were part of a force which used the hawk as their symbol, and also had a winged, gravity-defying harness. Together they fought crime on Earth and corruption on Thanagar for some time, eventually falling in love and deciding to remain on Earth and build a life there rather than return to their homeworld. Then came the events of Zero Hour where Katar was merged with Carter and Shiera Hall in a new Hawkman version, who was then possessed by a creature from the red known as the Hawk Avatar. Fundamentally changed, he swore off his relationship with Shayera, and she retired from superhero work to become a cop in Detroit. The "new" Hawkman adventured for a brief time before going insane and being banished into limbo.

Shortly after that, Kendra Saunders became the new Hawkgirl, and Carter Hall, the original Hawkman, was resurrected. Shayera met them during her final battle against Byth when the three Hawks, aided by Animal Man, defeated the Thanagarian criminal for good.

In the Rann-Thanagar War miniseries, Shayera Thal reappeared as a reinstated soldier of the Thanagarian Army, last seen fighting with the invasion force of Polara. She considered reborn Hawkman Carter Hall and Hawkgirl Kendra Saunders friends of Thanagar, but grew angry with their ally Adam Strange blaming Rannian science for the destruction of her birth world. Despite this, she reluctantly served alongside him as a comrade-in-arms during the war.

Shayera was betrayed and murdered by Tamaranean Queen Komand'r. Her body was sent on a trajectory into Thanagar's sun, Polaris, the heroes' resting place in Thanagarian tradition.[1]

Following DC's 2011 relaunch, Shayera Thal is revealed as the princess of Thanagar and the former lover of Katar Hol. Initially, she is depicted as a villain, after erroneously believing her lover Katar Hol has killed her brother, Emperor Corsar, vowing vengeance upon him.[2] But after it is discovered that Corsar survived and was manipulating the situation Shayera betrays him and saves Katar's life, sacrificing her own for it.[3]

Other versions[edit]

  • In Alex Ross's Silver Age-toned Justice, Shayera Hol is a member of the Justice League and co-director of the Midway City Museum, alongside her husband. She also appears in Secret Origins and Liberty and Justice.
  • Shayera and Katar are featured in the Elseworlds three-part series Legend of the Hawkman (2000). The story takes place in the Earth-One timeline, some time after The Brave and the Bold #34. She is shown wanting to return home to Thanagar while Katar has grown accustomed to life on Earth. Although this mini-series was never labelled as an Elseworlds project when originally published, it is now accepted as being one, with this story clearly based on the Silver Age versions of Hawkman and Hawkwoman during the pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths era.
  • In JLA: The Nail and JLA: Another Nail, Hawkwoman is a member of a much-hated Justice League, and remains so even after her husband's death by Amazo. In Another Nail, she appears to be close friends with Zatanna. She has forgiven Oliver Queen (in Amazo's body) after he admits feeling responsible for getting Katar killed, and mentions that her husband was proud to call Oliver a "comrade... and a friend." Her role as the sole Hawk with League membership is much like her animated counterpart in the Justice League animated series.
  • In Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, the Hawks tried to return to Thanagar to flee from Lex Luthor's military dictatorship, only to crash in the rain forests of Costa Rica. They decided to remain in hiding. They gave birth to a son and daughter, giving them natural wings. Katar and Shayera were killed in a military strike ordered by Lex Luthor, embracing each other in their final moments. The children were brought up in the jungle ever since. They were bent on revenge against Lex.[4] As Hawkboy, the son ultimately kills Lex with Batman's permission, since he understands what he has been through.
  • The Silver Age Hawks made a cameo appearance in Adventures in the DC Universe 80-Page Giant as Chronos II travels across space and time. He witnesses them in a battle against the Manhawks.
  • Katar and Shayera Hol appear in JLA/Avengers due to time distortions caused by Krona.
  • Shayera appears in JLA: Created Equal, now calling herself "Hawk" after her husband died in the Fall.
  • Shayera appears in issue #9 of the All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold comics. Much like their Silver Age counterparts, she and Katar are married and very much in love.
  • Shayera appears in Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl as a member of the Justice Society.
  • Shayera is featured with Katar in Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #33. She resembles her counterpart from the DC Animated Universe. Like Shiera Hall and similarly with her DCAU counterpart, Shayera is a reincarnation of Chay-Ara, and have been reborn as Lady Celia and Cinnamon.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Hawkwoman as she appeared in Young Justice.

Hawkwoman makes several appearances in Young Justice, this version of the character is based on Shayera Thal.[5][6] She, alongside Hawkman, are members of the Justice League. In "Fireworks", she was with the Justice League when they arrived at the Cadmus Building following Blockbuster's defeat. She reappears in the episode "Revelation", helping to defend Metropolis alongside Hawkman and Green Lantern against a plant monster sent by Poison Ivy and the Secret Society of Super-Villains. In the episode "Failsafe", Hawkwoman was seen defending Taipei from alien invaders alongside Hawkman, Green Arrow, and Black Canary. The events of that invasion were all part of Martian Manhunter's mental training on the Team. In "Agendas", Hawkwoman attended a Justice League meeting concerning the expansion of the League. She responded favorably to Wonder Woman's suggestion of including more women. In "Auld Acquaintance", after being made a slave of the Light's mind control, Hawkwoman welcomed Vandal Savage aboard the Watchtower with a silent kneel of obedience. In the time she was enthralled, the Light used her and five other Leaguers to attack Rimbor. For sixteen hours, they went on a rampage and told all present to beware the Justice League and Earth. In the episode "Alienated", it was decided that the six wanted Leaguers would travel to Rimbor to defend themselves before the High Court. Hawkwoman would not have to face it alone, as Hawkman chose to accompany her. In "Endgame", Hawkwoman and the other Leaguers were found guilty of all charges and taken away. Superboy, Miss Martian and Adam Strange arrived in court, presented new evidence and argued the Tribunal should reverse its decision. After further deliberation, the charges against Hawkwoman and the Leaguers were dropped and they were released from custody.

Film[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rann-Thanagar War #5 (November 2005)
  2. ^ Savage Hawkman #0
  3. ^ Savage Hawkman #16
  4. ^ "mg-jluONCEANDFUTURETHING2 :". Fanboplanet.com. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  5. ^ "Question #13632". AskGreg. 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  6. ^ "Comic-Con: Brave and the Bold & Young Justice Panel". Comic Vine. July 24, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010.

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