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Carter Hall is an archaeologist who has been reincarnated thousands of times. He operates as the hero Hawkman, a winged protector empowered by Nth Metal armor.

First Life as Ktar Deathbringer

Carter Hall's original incarnation was Ktar Deathbringer, general of the Deathbringers of Qgga, a group of winged aliens who slaughtered millions across the universe in the distant past. The Deathbringers worshipped a being known as the Lord Beyond the Void, who came from a rift between space. As Ktar murdered more and more victims, his guilt and self-loathing grew, and he began to have visions of an angelic woman. On Qgga, while preparing for a final sacrifice that would allow the Lord Beyond the Void to enter the universe, Ktar was again visited by the woman, an angelic herald named Shrra, and decided to turn on the Deathbringers, destroying Qgga and sending his army into the void. The Deathbringers' second in command, Idamm, killed Ktar in the process. Upon his death, Ktar faced God and was offered the chance to atone for his sins by endlessly reincarnating across space and time, only being allowed to finally pass on when he had saved as many lives as he had taken. He was also ordered to prepare for the return of the Deathbringers, who had survived under the leadership of Idamm.[5]

Dark Days

Carter Hall worked as an archaeologist who was trying to discover the mystery behind Nth Metal. In this incarnation, he was trying to understand why he is stuck in this loop of reincarnation. Carter was shown to suffer from nightmares of an alternate Earth, later revealed to be part of the Dark Multiverse, where all he saw was a giant statue of a man in bat armor.

Carter was a member of the Justice Society, alongside his perpetual paramour, Shiera Sanders.


Carter's research into both archaeology and the properties of Nth Metal led him to lead an expedition into the Dark Multiverse. Before doing so, he discovered that it had been prophesied that the Son of the House of Wayne would be the one to unleash the Great Dragon Barbatos upon their world.[6]

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After Superman is framed and rendered comatose, Hawkman joined the group of heroes heading towards Mars to confront their mysterious enemy. The heroes meet and engage Doctor Manhattan, but they are easily defeated.[7]


  • Decelerated Aging: As Carter Hall, Hawkman's lifespan, along with Hawkwoman's, has been greatly extended.[8] It is shown in a possible future that both Hawks' lives might extend into the 40th century.[9]
  • Mace Manipulation: Hawkman recently acquired the ability to manipulate his signature mace telekinetically.


  • Reincarnated Knowledge: Due to his many lives and vast amount of experience, Hall is a brilliant tactician, fierce warrior and strong leader. At the same time, however, he is extremely intelligent (considered a leader in his field of history and archaeology) and expresses a deeply romantic side in relation to his beloved soul-mate. Often, Carter finds it difficult to balance between the "barbarian" of his past lives and the "gentleman" of his current incarnation. He also has an extremely innovative approach to science and technology.
    • Archaeology: Carter is considered the greatest archaeologist in the Egyptian field.[2]
    • Investigation: Considered by Batman to be possibly the greatest detective in human history,[12] he single-handedly unraveled the mystery of the Dark Multiverse's origin.
    • Multilingualism: Carter knows thousands of languages, existing or extinct.[1]
    • Weaponry: Carter is a master with medieval weaponry due to centuries of utilizing such tools
      • Firearms: Carter keeps all the skills of his previous incarnation and as such is very efficient with firearms due to his tenure as Nighthawk.[2]
  • Multilingualism: Hawkman knows English, Greek,[1] and Thanagarian, among others.


  • Curse: Every time he is born again he must wander the earth till he meets again with his eternal soul mate. But as soon as they form a deep bond, they are destined to be murdered again and it continues.


  • Nth Metal Belt & Boots: Hawkman flies by way of an anti-gravity Belt & boots constructed from Nth Metal its abilities are controlled mentally.
    • Nth Metal Enhancement: The metal is psycho-reactive, responding to its bearer's thoughts and in its base form has a number of electromagnetic/gravitational properties. Among these is the ability to generate a heat aura, sufficient to keep a man alive under Arctic conditions.


  • Artificial Feathered Wings: His wings, which are laced with Nth metal, allow him to control his navigation and guidance during flight, though they can be "flapped" through use of shoulder motions.
  • Soarship: A technological marvel fabricated from the scientific crafting of various worlds. Procured by Carter whilst on a jaunt through the microverse and owned by prior incarnations of his.[4]




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