The Early Years (SHOWCASE #75, TEEN TITANS vol. 1, 1968-1988)
Following their sudden empowerment by the Lords of Chaos and Order, Hank and Don Hall committed themselves to living their lives as the Super Heroes Hawk and Dove.
Bookish, levelheaded and kind, Don was frequently made to play mediator for Hank, who was rash, abrasive and quick-tempered. This made them a perfect pair, but a challenge to others. Nevertheless, they joined the Teen Titans, and operated out of Titans Tower alongside Super Heroes like Robin, Kid Flash, Speedy and Wonder Girl.
Both Hank and Don eventually retired from the Titans, and chose to concentrate on their education, enrolling in college and hanging up their costumes.
Unfortunately, when the world came under attack by the Anti-Monitor in 1985-1986’s CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, Hank and Don were forced to return to active duty. Fighting an onslaught of the Anti-Monitor's shadow minions, Don sacrificed his life to save a child. His body was vaporized instantly, leaving Hank fighting alone and unanchored.
Starting Out (HAWK & DOVE vol. 2, 1988)
Dawn’s transition from civilian to Super Hero was a rocky one. After a Lord of Order empowered her during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, she was left without direction or guidance. It wasn’t until she attended a memorial for the heroes who’d been lost in the Crisis that she knew Hank was the other half of her new equation.
Dawn followed Hank to Washington and worked her way into his social circles until she could state her case for being his new partner. But Hank was not easily convinced. His recent loss, coupled with his naturally prickly nature, led him to reject the idea that there could ever be a new Dove. Dawn was not so easily deterred. After she proved her usefulness against a Super-Villain named Kestrel, Hank grudgingly agreed to work with Dawn on a permanent basis.
Soon after, the Lord of Chaos and the Lord of Order who imbued Hank and Dawn with their powers were killed in a conflict with their peers, a process that caused their essences to merge even more completely with Hawk and Dove. Through this merger, the duo became more powerful than ever.
Monarch and Extant (ARMAGEDDON 2001, ZERO HOUR, 1991-1994)
Despite Dawn’s best efforts to work with Hank, his rage and grief continued to consume huge parts of him, in unexpected ways. During the ARMAGEDDON 2001 event, a time-traveler from 50 years in the future visited the present to warn the world about a tyrant ruler named Monarch who would eventually come to power. The time-traveler, a scientist named Matthew Ryder, explained that Monarch’s rule had begun when every hero on Earth was killed, creating a power vacuum that he filled with evil and oppression.
Together, Earth’s heroes moved to take down Monarch before his transformation, only to discover that Monarch’s true identity was none other than a futuristic version of Hank Hall. During the fight, Monarch killed Dawn, leaving Hank again alone and adrift, locked in an identity crisis.
The temporal anomaly that allowed two versions of Hank Hall to exist at once caused an additional problem after Dawn’s death. The paradoxical situation caused Dawn’s powers to funnel into Hank, rather than finding a new host, transforming Hank into a nearly omniscient being called Extant.
As Extant, Hank would ignite the timeline-manipulating events of 1994’s ZERO HOUR, before a team of Super Heroes—including Doctor Fate and the time-traveling Waverider—worked to resurrect Dawn Granger and attempted to bring Hank down yet again. Only after the catastrophe was averted did time knit itself back together, retroactively “deleting” Hank’s time as Extant and Monarch out of the prime timeline.
Return (JSA vol. 1, TEEN TITANS vol. 3, BLACKEST NIGHT, BRIGHTEST DAY, 2003-2010)
Years later, the Justice Society of America was forced to face off against the villain Mordru, who revealed that Dawn’s death at the hands of Monarch had actually been an illusion orchestrated by Mordru himself.
Once she’d been saved and resuscitated by the JSA, Dawn was joined by a new Hawk, her long-lost sister Holly Granger. Together, Dawn and Holly worked with the Teen Titans to face off against some of Hank and Dawn’s old enemies like Kestrel, before striking out on their own. On occasion, they would team up with the Titans East, led by Cyborg, but were largely free agents.
Hank was eventually resurrected as a Black Lantern during 2009-2010’s BLACKEST NIGHT. The Black Lantern Hank isolated and killed Holly, the trauma of which made Dawn realize that her radiance powers were capable of destroying Black Lanterns. She then had a vision of Don, who assured her she could save Hank without destroying him.
Eventually, Dawn realized that her radiance powers were an offshoot of the “white light of creation,” a light on the emotional spectrum that the various Lantern Corps tapped into in order to power their rings. Hank would later be resurrected in his true form by the power of the White Lantern Entity.
The New 52 (2011-2016)
Hank and Dawn resurfaced in 2011’s HAWK & DOVE series, a part of the New 52 continuity, following the events of 2011’s FLASHPOINT. The duo also appeared in 2015’s TITANS HUNT limited series.
When it was revealed that an old Titans enemy, Mr. Twister, had been working to manipulate time and the team’s memories, Hank and Dawn reunited with their old allies. The longer they fought side by side, the more of their memories were reawakened, filling in gaps they hadn’t realized were there.
Together with the Titans, they were able to defeat Mr. Twister. Hawk and Dove then decided to step away from the team once again, choosing to piece their lives back together.