Me being the DC fan, I've read my share of the characters that inhabit the DC Universe, and I've had some experience of Hawk & Dove in various team ups and appearances. I haven't had the pleasure of reading about Hawk and Dove in their own series before, so I thought I'd give this a try. That and the book was only $5 at a comic convention, so that too helped in my purchase.
HAWK AND DOVE VOL.1: FIRST STRIKES collect all 8 issues and see both Hawk and Dove fighting crime in Washington, D.C. All of a sudden, a pair of beings named Condor and Swan who share similar costumes and powers to Hawk and Dove attack the President and go after both main characters families.
That's the basic premise of the short series and if you want an action packed, simple book combined with Rob Liefelds art in the spirit of the 1990's, then Hawk and Dove is it. It doesn't do much in character moments and it relies heavy on consistent action. Some lingering plot points carry over before the New 52, like Deadman and Dove's relationship and the previous Dove avatar Don Hall's status. Those plot points can confuse readers of what and who these characters are, and leave lingering story plots dangling due to the series cut short life span. But again, Hawk and Dove it relies mostly on the action to appeal for fans.
I know Rob Liefeld has his haters and fans out there, and I'm not one of his fans, but I will say compared to his early 90's work, it isn't absurdly drawn as it once was (though everything he draws is still disproportionate with bodily figures). His art gives the comic the feel of the 90's with the expressions and action sequences. The lack of properly drawn expressions in the few quieter moments hurts. Hawk is almost always angry and Dove is almost always expressionless. But again, the book is about the action. If you're a fan of his work, you'll enjoy it. If you hate it, then this won't change your mind.
HAWK AND DOVE VOL.1: FIRST STRIKES is a simple tribute to the 1990's of comics with wall to wall action combined with Rob Liefelds absurd drawings. Hawk and Dove was cancelled after 8 issues, so if you can live with that, then give Hawk and Dove a try. If none of that appeal to you, then don't worry about it. 2 and a half star review.