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COLLECTING: Hawkeye 1-5, Young Avengers Presents 6
David Aja is the winner of the 2013 Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist and co-winner of the 2013 Eisner Award for Best Penciler/Inker for Hawkeye.
Posted March 21, 2013
Posted March 21, 2013
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 October 3, 2013
So, this is how to make a fun, adventure comic while still maintaining continuity, characters, and plot. Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido create something that is so rare. A great combination of humor and intrigue with enough action and intelligence to appeal to anyone. The art, by both artists, fit the story so well and also compliment each other. The inclusion of Kate Bishop is such a good idea as she plays off Clint so well. Overall, a fantastic book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2013
As an Avengers fan of long standing in the past, I like to catch an occasional comic to see how things are going with various members. I was not disappointed with Hawkeye. Matt Fraction and the artists brought a welcome maturity to the character. I also enjoyed the "new" Hawkeye very much. I can't wait for Vol 2.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2013
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