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Hawkeye & Mockingbird/Black Widow: Widowmaker Paperback – April 20, 2011
Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. Paperback | Kindle book | See more for Teen and Young Adult readers
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As the story opens, SHIELD agents Hawkeye and Mockingbird are investigating a conspiracy aimed at triggering conflict between Russia and Japan over the disputed Kuril Islands. The clues lead to Siberia and the Black Widow, who is following her own information. The three agents, joined by freelancer Dominic Fortune, end up in Japan in a lethel confrontation with a clever and ruthless opponent, an old enemy of Natasha Romanov.
The artwork is good to excellent, and the dialogue is juiced up by Hawkeye's uncomfortable status as lover or ex-lover of his two female partners, who can't seem to agree on anything. The plot itself relies heavily on the Black Widow's complicated backstory, and frankly gets a little hard to follow. Readers will have to pay close attention to the twists and turns, which really only set up the rather exotic ending. Recommended to Black Widow fans.
This is the first time I've been able to finish an issue involving predominantly Hawkeye or Black Widow, much less both of them. (And 4 issues of them to boot!)
The plot follows Hawkeye and Mockingbird going to Japan after a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is assassinated there. They find the Black Widow investigating the death of many KGB agents, which ties into there investigation. They team up and discover that the Dark Ocean Society, an interesting group of bad guys, is behind it. The ending of this miniseries is satisfying and the overall plot is interesting enough to keep you hooked into the very end. I never skipped over a single word. The art is pretty good. Manuel Garcia did a great job. Jae Lee did the covers, doing an excellent job as always.
Overall I recommend this to newcomers and veterans alike of Marvel fandom.
The three title characters are also joined by soldier-for-hire and man of adventure Dominic Fortune, another Marvel character that debuted during the late 70s. The heroes venture first to Russia then to a group of islands situated between Russia and Japan as they encounter the Dark Ocean Society, a group of Ninja-ish goons and assassins as well as a legion of armored bruisers and androids (or some such) designed to appear and mimic the powers of the Supreme Soviets. The head villain turns out to be another all-but-forgotten character from Marvel’s heyday.
Overall, this story was interesting enough to keep me flipping the pages. I was satisfied enough with the climax and, as an old-school Marvel head, I felt that the tale served decent justice to the continuity these characters have established throughout their written history.
In addition to the WIDOWMAKER tale, this compilation includes another enjoyable romp reprinted from the late 80s. At that time, Marvel published a comic called SOLO AVENGERS in which Hawkeye was the lead solo feature.Read more ›
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In this miniseries Black Widow, Hawkeye and Mockingbird (and Domonic Fortune if anyone cares) take on ninjas and Russians and stuff to stop a war between Russia and Japan or... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kid Kyoto