Liefeld's insipid influence, maybe? I don't recall him having it in the first issue.
Oh no. The Savage Hawkman has had that ugly axe-mace since the first issue. Right on the cover. Remarkably, Liefeld is SAVING this book! I never thought I'd say that about anything, but Tony Daniel is the worst thing to ever happen to Hawkman.
About the figure, I figured a Charge + Flurry combo power would have been right, with bcf, as he has claws on one hand, and a big axe in the other. He didn't get that, but he has some ways to deal significant damage.
He needed some better ways to avoid damage, and I feel like Regen would have been appropriate, though we haven't really seen Nth metal do that in the new 52. But, nothing about past lives has been mentioned in the new 52 either, and he gets the 'past' keyword.