"The Masked Marauders of Earth!": The Earth is being attacked by the Manhawks, giant alien birds that wear special human faced masks that shoot eye beams that displace matter. These are of a same species of Manhawks who once plagued planet Thanagar years ago. Getting a distress call from Com
Appearing in "The Masked Marauders of Earth!"
- Manhawks (First appearance) (Flashback and main story)
- Paran Katar (First appearance) (Flashback only)
- Jim (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Masked Marauders of Earth!"
The Earth is being attacked by the Manhawks, giant alien birds that wear special human faced masks that shoot eye beams that displace matter. These are of a same species of Manhawks who once plagued planet Thanagar years ago. Getting a distress call from Commissioner Emmett in Midway City on Earth, Hawkman and Hawkgirl leave planet Thanagar to help their adopted planet.
Along the way, Katar reflects on the Manhawk's crime spree on Thanagar: He recalls when they first appeared one day while he and his father, Paran Katar, were testing out new wings that he had designed so that they may study the various bird species on planet Thanagar. Back then, the Manhawk's masks only were capable of giving off blinding flashes of light. Katar would go out and capture one of the masks and take it back to his father to be examined so that they may learn a suitable defense. Creating a helmet shaped like a hawks head, Katar and other Thanagarians would defeat and imprison the Manhawks who invaded Thanagar. This event would lead to the formation of the Thanagar police force as it is today.
Arriving on Earth, Hawkman and Hawkgirl try their new offensive against the Manhawks, however, they find that the weapons that were developed to stop them on Thanagar have no effect on these ones on Earth. Further, the Manhawks manage to escape when they use their powers to make Hawkgirl's wings disappear.
Coming up with a solution to stop the Manhawks, Hawkman and Hawkgirl track them to a hidden base in northern Canada. Using make-shift Thermite Bombs and dumping coal dust into rainclouds is enough to not only force the Manhawks out of hiding, but obscure the blasters built into the eye slits of their masks. Hawkman and Hawkgirl then easily defeat them and turn them over to Commissioner Emmett, whom they are pleased to tell that they've been allowed to stay on Earth and learn it's policing methods.
- This issue is reprinted in DC Special Series #19, Showcase Presents: Hawkman Volume 1, Hawkman (Trade Paperback), andThe Hawkman Archives Vol. 1.
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