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- Feeling the sting of the blade and seeing my own blood is comforting. It lets me know I'm not losing my mind...
- -- Hawkman src
Katar Hol, better known as the superhero Hawkman, was a police officer from the planet Thanagar that came to Earth to hunt alien fugitives and the humans they worked with.
Life on Earth
At some point, Katar Hol came to Earth and, donning a suit of armor made out of the mysterious element Nth Metal, began savagely combating crime under the alias "Hawkman". He adopted a civilian identity as "Carter Hall" and became an archaeologist as his day job.
After the death of his beloved betrothed and partner Shayera Thal, "Carter" tried to deal with his depression by immersing himself in his work with his friend Emma Ziegler and her father, giving up his alternate life as Hawkman. But when an alien called Morphicius threatened New York City with a plague, Hawkman was forced to return to action and defeat the alien. 
Justice League of America
Hawkman was eventually contacted by Amanda Waller to join a superhero team she was putting together called the Justice League of America that, unknown to the recruits, was meant to serve as a government-sponsored counter to the real Justice League if the team ever went rogue. Hawkman was chosen as a foil for Aquaman. 
Justice League United
Death of Hawkman
After the breakdown of the Justice League United, Hawkman decided to return to Thanagar and continue working as a police officer back home, tired of life on Earth. However, Hawkman found it difficult to work inside the rules of a police officer and was constantly reprimanded by his superiors. Hawkman was partnered with the Thanagarian officer Rayn Kral who, despite being an honest cop, was loyal to his partner even when Hol flew off the handle. 
When Despero put a plan into action to collect all the Nth Metal in the universe to take over the galaxy, he set his sights on Thanagar, known for mining it. In order to distract the citizens of the planet long enough to rob them blind, Despero initated a war between Thanagar and their neighbor planet Rann, adopted world of the human space traveler and former Hawkman's former Justice League United comrade Adam Strange. When Strange became suspicious of the cause of the war between the two planets, he contacted Hawkman, and the two sought clues to discover Despero's plan.
Furious that Despero had successfully blown up a Thanagarian mining moon, causing the deaths of thousands,  Hawkman and Strange eventually came to blows with Despero himself, who had now accessed almost all of the Nth Metal Thanagar had controlled and was wearing it to fight them.  Realizing the only way to stop Despero was to kill him, Hawkman ordered Strange to activate a machine that would magnetize all the Nth Metal in the area, ripping Hawkman to his death but also killing Despero in the process. Katar Hol was posthumously honored with a statue on his home planet for his sacrifice to save Thanagar. 
- Hawkman was created by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert, first appearing in Brave and the Bold #34. However, in the Prime Earth continuity Hawkman first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Savage Hawkman #1 by Tony S. Daniel and Philip Tan.
- Hawkman Recommended Reading
- 85 Appearances of Katar Hol (Prime Earth)
- 53 Images featuring Katar Hol (Prime Earth)
- 9 Quotations by or about Katar Hol (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Katar Hol (Prime Earth)
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