This was an odd one for me, mostly because I’ve never liked Hawkman at all, so I’m not familiar with this, or any previous incarnations of the Shadow Thief, so I went into it not caring at all, but in the end, Tom DeFalco actually managed to tell an interesting origin story for this character, and give her a fairly unique motivation for why she’s a villain.
The basic gist here is that Shadow Thief was an Israeli Mossad Agent who defected to the US and ARGUS, but was then betrayed by the fact that ARGUS had been infiltrated by Daemonites. Some weird alien gas kills her mother and brother, and she accidentally puts on what she thinks is a containment suit, but is actually the Shadow Thief outfit. Now, Shadow Thief hates all aliens, and she goes around killing any extra-terrestrials who are on Earth. Which in many ways, could actually be the origin of a superhero, rather than a villain, but DeFalco does make her extra brutal about killing the Thanagarians she fights in this issue, so it’s clear she’s taking it too far. A lot of our heroes in the various Justice Leagues are Aliens, Hawkman, Martian Manhunter, Superman, etc, so it should be fairly interesting to see what happens if and when this Shadow Thief returns to fight them.
So, really, this issue did it’s job, it took a villain I didn’t care about, and made me want to see her show up again, there wasn’t much more than that about from some very nice artwork from Chad Hardin (I may actually check out Harley Quinn now), but this was decent.