Recommended Reading: Hawkeye

Posted: January 8, 2013 in Marvel, Reviews
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It’s panels like this that make Hawkeye a laugh out loud book. Property of Marvel Comics.

By Alex Headley
Matt Fraction and David Aja have delivered one of the best books of 2012 with Hawkeye and I can’t believe I overlooked it for so long. This is the rare comic that will have you laughing out loud, enjoying big action and occasionally tug at your heartstrings too. And it does all that with some of the most stunning art in the industry. David Aja is just brilliant, his pages are clean and appealing while also delivering a perfectly gritty and pseudo realistic New York. His action is fast paced and fun, thankfully the script takes full advantage of this and let’s him really cut loose. The car chase in issue 3 is my favorite sequence in any book this year, Aja just knocks it out of the park. The covers, with their minimalist approach and eye for graphic design elements are beautiful too.

Like I said, the covers for this book are just beautiful. Property of Marvel Comics.

Aja doesn’t work alone though, Fraction is at the top of his game here making the title character feel like a real person, moreso than any other character in comics, except maybe Mark Waid’s Daredevil. Clint Barton is an Avenger but is also a man that has to spend six months in the hospital after a big battle. He’s a man more concerned with his friends in his apartment complex than super villain plots and alien invasions. Still, he just can’t help but stumble into trouble and when he does he can’t help but be a hero, even if it gets him into more trouble. HawkGuy, as Fraction affectionately refers to him, is just that, a guy with a bow and a knack for solving problems. This is summed up perfectly in issue one when he tries to save a dog from an abusive goon, running headlong and unarmed into a group of guys that want to kill him. Then he feeds that dog nothing but pizza, creating what I hope will be the latest addition to the Pet Avengers.
Clint Barton isn’t the only Hawkeye to show up in this book though, Kate Bishop of the Young Avengers plays a prominent role as well, giving Clint a pseudo sidekick and a recurring supporting character that is almost as interesting as the title character. I particularly like the duos conversion about trick arrows. Kate is baffled by them but Clint is obviously in love with the concept. That new hero vs old hero conflict is quite interesting. Bishop’s presence ties the book more tightly into the Marvel U. She’s especially good in the two part story arc ‘The Tape’. I love that Clint thinks she’s a better archer than he is. I’ve always liked the idea of legacy heroes and Bishop and the Young Avengers are one of the best executions of that idea in the industry. The two Hawkeyes get into some pretty whacky situations that delivers a must read adventure for fans of good comics. Read it and I’m sure that Clint Barton will immediately be one of your favorite characters. I know he’s one of mine. Go read it, bro. It’s good, bro.

You’re welcome, bro.

  1. raheadley says:

    Hawkeye has always been a favorite of mine. Excellent non-powered hero that holds his own along side the Avengers heavy hitters.

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