Know Your DCU: Hawk and Dove
First, the simple explanation: Hawk and Dove are the superhero duo empowered by the Lords of Order and Chaos to fight for the safety of mankind. Although their beliefs are completely opposite, with Hawk representing war and Dove representing peace, they work together and form a balance between the two.
Now, for a little complex history: Hank and Don Hall were the first Hawk and Dove (respectively). They acted as a crime fighting duo and eventually became members of the Teen Titans. Don died fighting in the first Crisis, leaving Hawk without his Dove. This caused unbalance with Hawk growing excessively violent and out of control without Dove’s peaceful influence. Eventually Hank received an ally in Dawn Granger, who became the new Dove and restored the balance. The two would stay a team for a while until…
You know what? Let’s skip explaining Armageddon 2001 and just say Hank died. Yup, that’s the best thing to do.
Dawn would receive a new partner in her half-sister Holly who became the new Hawk. They fought along side the Teen Titans, albeit briefly. During the Blackest Night, Hank returned as a Black Lantern and attempts to kill the new Hawk and Dove, but only manages to kill Holly. Dove is revealed to posses the “white light of creation”, which is where her peace draws from. Dove helps defeat the Black Lanterns. At the end of the Blackest Night, Hank is brought back to life. Both he and Dawn resume their partnership as Hawk and Dove and join the Birds of Prey.
SIDE NOTE: I’d like to give a shout out to the artist who created the Hawk and Dove image on the bottom left. I found it in a Google search, but can’t find out where it originated. If you’re the artist, or know the artist’s website, please e-mail me at dailydcu(at)gmail(dot)com. And as always, e-mail your Know Your DCU suggestions!