Look at all the teeth! And even his Nth Metal Mask has grim determination wrinkles!
Nope. It begins with another elementary school history lesson.
Oh look! In the background of the 2nd Panel: Nipslip with his brains beaten out! Damn I'm good.
Whiptits who he knocks out immediately.
Mr. Mace with the Encased Face who Hawkman beats into submission with one wing.
And finally Tic Tac Foe!
Instead of explaining myself to Hawkman, I would have yelled, "FIST! CENTER SQUARE!"
Xerxes decides Hawkman doesn't deserve his freedom yet. And that wasn't what the battle was about anyway! The battle was to showcase how well the Nth Metal can do against a host of enemy combatants. It seems to have done pretty well, so Xerxes should be happy. He should just get on with the auction now. Instead, he lets Hawkman know that he's got Hawkman's "mate" (I forget her name! Too many minor characters to keep track of in the New 52) held captive and that Hawkman must now fight for her against Xerxes himself.
Well, this just seems like a dumb plan. Where's the profit in getting killed by the Nth Metal you're trying to sell? If I were the big bad evil genius, I'd threaten to kill whats-her-name unless Hawkman retracts the Nth Metal. Then I'd have one thousand crossbow men shoot him at the same time so he's killed. Then I'd melt the Nth Metal out of him for sale. Then I'd let the woman go because she's just not my type.
I have no idea what is going on here but I think it's disgusting.
Except it's nothing special or exciting. He just grabs Xerxes foot and flies around and smashes him into a wall. Then he rescues Emma (that's her name! I know because Hawkman says it!). But there's one problem! There's no escaping from the Hockey Stadium! How is he going to get out of this super prison when all of the emergency exits doors are closed and the windows are covered in glass?! Oh, he short circuits Tic Tac Foe's armor and uses him as an explosive to blast through the roof!
Hawkman declares that he and Emma are alive due to the Nth Metal. Except for the small fact that this whole thing was caused because of the Nth Metal. Enh, semantics!
Carter Hall decides he needs to keep investigating the Nth Metal. Remember? He doesn't want history repeating itself! He also realizes Emma needs to remain with him so she can remain safe now that the bad guys know she's connected to him. They book passage to somewhere while under surveillance.
Liefeld likes the outdated pop culture references just like I do! Maybe I should take a closer look at my writing style!
The Savage Hawkman #10 Rating: No change. I considered giving it a boost in the rankings because this issue was a better issue than Captain Atom #10, so it might as well move up past that piece of crap. But I just couldn't do it because this comic has become the epitome of what I don't like in a Super Hero comic book: all of the conflicts stem from super villains going after the super hero. So if the super hero didn't exist, the conflicts wouldn't either. And the world would be safer. Super heroes should be protecting the world from Super Villains not protecting themselves from Super Villains.