Two seminal DC Comics characters to return in new series

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Jul 14, 2016, 2:20 PM EDT

A pair of longstanding DC superheroes are coming back from hiatus and teaming up in a new book.

According to Comic Book Resources, DC has announced that Hawkman and Adam Strange will be returning in a new six-issue miniseries titled Hawkman and Adam Strange: Out of Time. Neither of the characters have been seen since the company's launch of the Rebirth line, although versions of both last appeared as part of The New 52. The book is being written by Marc Andreyko (Wonder Woman '77) and drawn by Aaron Lopresti (The New 52: Futures End)

The book's synopsis reads:

Residing on Earth and out of the hero game, Adam Strange finds himself trying to live a 'normal' life, until he’s literally pulled back into adventure again as a seemingly normal Zeta beam transmission returns him to the planet Rann, where he hopes to be reunited with his beloved Alanna. But instead, he finds the once great city of Ranagar in ruins with millions dead, and the once peaceful Alanna is now calling for the blood of Rann’s oldest enemy, Thanagar, home of the Hawkmen.

Sensing something is amiss, Strange enlists the aid of Thanagarian policeman Katar Hol, aka Hawkman, who is also trying anything possible to avert war. Together the two try and uncover who’s really behind the destruction of Rann while at the same time preventing Rann and Thanagar from marching into interplanetary armageddon!

Both characters have long histories with DC. The original Hawkman first appeared in 1940, in Flash Comics #1, and there have been several versions since. Depending on what you've read, he's either from ancient Egypt or the planet Thanagar (yes, I'm simplifying this, but you get the drift -- his continuity is all over the place). More recently, Hawkman has been seen on TV -- in his Carter Hall identity -- on Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash and Arrow, where he's played by Falk Hentschel.

Adam Strange first turned up in 1958 (in Showcase #17) and was an archaeologist who was transported by Zeta-beam to the planet Rann, where he fell in love with a woman named Alanna and became a protector for the planet and its inhabitants. He's never had a series of his own, although he's appeared in Mystery in Space, Justice League of America, Rann-Thanagar War (also featuring Hawkman) and 52, in addition to his latest adventures in The New 52's Justice League United.

It's nice to see both characters becoming part of the DC Rebirth initiative, with perhaps more of a nod toward their original origins, and Lopresti has already revealed a heck of a cover for issue #1 (which is out October 5). Is this a series you'll check out?