2017 Geek-A-Long: Hawkgirl

My memory of Hawkgirl from cartoons like Justice League and Justice League Unlimited was that she was a fierce independent woman, who also happened to have a one true love reincarnated with her throughout time. Since superheros tend to have multiple origin stories as they evolve with the times, I didn’t want to just rely on what I knew of Hawkgirl from cartoons or CW’s The Flash. So, I did some research to learn more about her, hoping to find some cool facts about her as a hero or a person.

After reading about Hawkgirl this morning, it was difficult not to get frustrated. Apparently many of the people writing articles about her were actually more interested in Hawkman and they relegated Hawkgirl to her role as his wife, which was a bummer since this is how I remember her:

If you’re mostly into Marvel and aren’t aware of DC’s Hawkgirl, she made her debut in a Flash comic in 1940 along with her counterpart, Hawkman. The heroes were cursed to be reincarnated endlessly throughout time after originally being murdered by an Egyptian priest with a blade made of an alien metal. Nth metal from a crash-landed Thanagarian ship, to be exact. She was Princess Chay-Ara and he was her lover, Prince Khafu. Each time they are reincarnated, they have dreams of their past lives and eventually run into each other and fall in love all over again. Unfortunately, they’re always murdered too, which restarts the cycle.

Here is what you need to know about Hawkgirl:

  1. Her abilities include martial arts and proficiency with a super sweet mace. She is also highly skilled with firearms and a crossbow. In Earth 2 Vol. 1, she managed to catch the Green Lantern’s ring with the shaft of her bolt. Eat your heart out Hawkeye and Hawkman.
  2. She has gear made of Nth metal, which gives her enhanced strength, durability, vision, and accelerated healing.
  3. She’s been involved with the All-Star Squadron, Birds of Prey, Justice League, and Justice Society.
  4. On Earth 2, one of Hawkgirl’s incarnations was Kendra Munoz-Saunders. She was a renowned treasure hunter and worked for the World Army to fight against the super villain, Steppenwolf.
  5. Kendra had sleuthing skills and deduced the identity of Green Latern’s identity as Alan Scott.

Side Note: In some versions, Hawkgirl hooks up Green Lantern and has a son. Here is a cool article about it, complete with snippets from the comic. Besides being yet another article about Hawkgirl’s love life, it has a lot of great info in there and is well worth the read if you were a fan of Justice League Unlimited.

Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the Hawkgirl pattern here. Instructions and charts for both knit and crochet are listed in the pattern. When you’re finished making it, don’t forget to Instagram your squares at us @lattesandllamasyarn with the hashtag #geekalong!

If you’re having trouble with double-sided knitting, we have a how-to video here and a tutorial on crochet here. Want to hang out with other people making the blanket? You can find moral support in the Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry here.

~ Jac
Hawkgirl’s other skills include burning people with her clapbacks, and those people were usually named The Flash. It’s cool though. He was like a big brother to her.

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