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Subj: I just reread the scene in question
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 at 10:29:27 pm EDT (Viewed 25 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Question about Kendra Saunders
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 09:04:56 pm EDT (Viewed 549 times)


      Sorry not to have the exact issue number available, but I think it was in the revamped Hawkman series that starred both Carter and Kendra. It was the issue Speed Saunders guest-starred and he explained that she really wasn't Kendra Saunders anymore: he was telling her story (origin?) and it explained her heritage and the fact that she had committed suicide and was no longer Kendra but Keira reborn in the same body instead of th usual Hawk-reincarnation cycle.

    I vaguely remember reading that bit where he's talking about her suicide attempt (a few years before she joined the JSA), and the dramatic change of eye color, and the conclusions he reached. I think it probably happened in a JSA issue, though, because while I collected that entire series in TPB, I never paid much attention to the "Hawkman" series when it started up, so I wouldn't be likely to have seen it there. (Although I have read a few issues.)

    Of course, it's perfectly possible that the same anecdote was told at least twice, for the benefit of the readers of each series!

On the first page of "JSA #22" (reprinted in the "JSA: Return of Hawkman" TPB collection), Sand says to Kendra's grandfather: "Found you . . . Speed Saunders! Now tell me the truth about Hawkgirl!"

So Speed does. He tells about Kendra's parents dying when she was still a teenager (but he doesn't explain the details of what happened to 'em), and about her taking it really hard, and having trouble with the law, and trying to commit suicide a couple of times. He says after one attempt she was in a hospital bed and was declared clinically dead . . . and then, ten minutes later, while Speed was weeping, Kendra miraculously woke up! But as her eyes opened, he saw they had suddenly changed color (from green to brown) and Speed somehow "knew" that this meant the soul of Shiera Saunders Hall had moved in as the new resident of Kendra's body. But even if that were true, he also realized (presumably over the next few days, after some conversations with her), that "Kendra" still had all the Kendra memories and not the Shiera memories, so Speed kept his conclusions to himself for the time being.

Speed probably felt that when an emotionally distraught girl is still recovering from a suicide attempt, it's no time to say: "Oh, by the way, Kendra, you are no longer the person you think you are. You're someone else coming back from the dead, as it were, even if you don't remember!" (I have to admit that might not have cheered her up, all things considered -- even if she'd simply decided it proved that her beloved grandpa had suddenly gone nuts in his old age, and she couldn't trust him to have a clue about anything from now on! Which would probably be my reaction, if one of my ancestors ever tried to tell me I was no longer the person I distinctly remembered having been for the last 17 years and counting!)

P.S. On the other hand, there's nothing in "JSA #22" that tells us anything about Trina Saunders's ethnic heritage. Forward I go, to discover when it finally did get alluded to! \:\)

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