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Posted March 21, 2013
This was a fun read. Hawkeye, Clint Barton, is portrayed as a d
This was a fun read. Hawkeye, Clint Barton, is portrayed as a down on his luck everyman—good at heart but willing to break, let alone bend, the rules—who lives with the advantage (and disadvantage) of being a member of the world’s most powerful team of superheroes.
This is more spy thriller/gumshoe detective story, however, than superhero adventure. Clint never makes a proper in-costume appearance in the book and while some well-known Marvel villains appear, they’re of the organized crime or secret society variety and mesh with the story well (though the tracksuit wearing Russian mobsters are much more fun). In fact, when Captain America makes a brief appearance, his superhero costume is so jarringly out of place with the flavor of the book that I found myself thinking that a character I normally love looked like a total doof.
The book collects the first five issues of the Hawkeye comic book and this breaks down into three stand-alones and one two-part story. Nothing too convoluted and a good introduction to the main characters (Clint Barton and the Young Avenger who also uses the Hawkeye tag, Kate Bishop). When you add in the fact that the art meshes with the tone of the stories perfectly, this is a book I would recommend not just to fans of the Avengers and superhero comics in general, but to someone with an interest in comics who cannot get past capes and tights.
The book also includes a sixth story, a reprint of an earlier Young Avengers Presents issue featuring Kate Bishop meeting and earning the respect of Clint Barton, who was then working under a different alias, Ronin. This story really fell flat on its face as a wrap up to this book. The art is in standard superhero mode, which clashes with the feel of the rest of the book and Clint’s portrayal and his relationship with Kate are distinctly different, ending the book with a letdown. In the main stories part of Clint’s charm is that he’s essentially a loser made good who seems constantly one misstep away from screwing everything up, with Kate, his seeming protégé, coming across as more calm, collected, and able. To end the book then, with Clint in generic, superhero mode (high morals paired with an ugly costume) able to instantly disappear the moment a befuddled Kate turns her back, made for a dissatisfying close to an otherwise great book. I realize six issues is generally the goal for these collected editions, but the first five issues collected here stand strongly on their own and the overall reading experience of this book would have benefited from the absence of the final inclusion.
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Posted November 9, 2014
I loved this, and can see why people have been raving about it a
I loved this, and can see why people have been raving about it as a book that manages to have high stakes for the character without taking itself too seriously. The only reason it doesn't get five stars is that I felt the art, which had a gorgeously simplistic style to it for the first three issues, falls off notably in the last two, which is important since there's a surprise character reveal that doesn't quite work because the reveal is the first time we see the character in this lesser style and so the moment loses impact in the resulting confusion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
If the series can stay this strong, though, I'll definitely keep picking up the trades.