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Before joining Marvel Comics, writer Matt Fraction had already established his reputation as an emerging new talent with his work on Last of the Independents. Fraction's tale of a bank robbery gone wrong earned him a coveted "A" grade from Entertainment Weekly, as well as interest from Marvel. After taking on a short story assignment in the anthology title X-Men Unlimited, Fraction was handpicked to launch two of Marvel's biggest projects for 2006: Punisher War Journal with artist Ariel Olivetti, and Immortal Iron Fist, with co-writer Ed Brubaker and artist David Aja. Both series met with overwhelming critical and fan acclaim, selling out their respective first issues within days of release. This led to two even bigger projects: The launching of Invincible Iron Man, a high-profile first issue premiering the same month as the blockbuster film; and Uncanny X-Men, written in tandem with Immortal Iron Fist partner Brubaker. In addition to his Marvel work, Fraction writes Casanova, an off-beat series illustrated by Gabriel Bá which recently moved to Marvel's Icon imprint. He is also a talented filmmaker and graphic designer, heading up the MK12 firm with a worldwide client base that includes Adidas, MTV and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Fraction remains one of Marvel's most popular writers; other credits include The Order and Thor: Ages of Thunder.
Truthfully, after decades of comics, I'd gotten a little jaded with straight-up superhero tales, with sky-high stakes and failure not being an option.
Then, I came across "Hawkeye." Like a lot of people, it took the recent Marvel movies (specifically "Thor") to make me take a second look at the third-string Marvel hero. I'd read comics of his in the past, and they were more of the same, albeit with a terrible costume (and a wife with an even worse one).
Not Matt Fraction's "Hawkeye."
Here's a book with stakes that shrink from the cosmic down to a single apartment building in an outer borough of New York City, where Hawkeye's costume is the work uniform doffed when Clint gets home and where the stakes are having a good relationship with his neighbors or being able to set up his DVR.
The book is light, breezy, fits well into actual save-the-world Avengers continuity but requires no knowledge or caring about such things (the tagline is that this book is what Clint Barton does when he's not off being an Avenger), and gorgeous to look at.
The best superhero comic book in years seems almost parachuted in from some other, better-written, more engaging future.
Whether you bleed in four colors, or don't know your Earth 616 from your Earth-2, "Hawkeye" is a must-read for every sort of superhero fans.
No really, buy this right now and read it. It's great.
You want to go to Disney World, put that on hold. This comic is better than that. (Disclaimer, this may or may not actually be better than Disney World, but, boy, is it great either way!)
This comic has Hawkeye. No, wait, this comic has TWO Hawkeyes, both of whom are equally amazing.
First off, this compilation is nice, quality is good, its bound nicely, and it contains issues 1-5 plus Young Avengers Presents #6. So that is nice.
Now, the art. It is simply gorgeous. It is smooth, the characters look realistic, both artists show some of the best expressions, the panel layout is amazing (there is one page with 22 small face shots and 2 larger shots of the characters), the coloring is a beautiful muted pallet with lots of purple, and the whole art just flows together. Next up would be the writing. Every character is perfect. All of the characters we know and love are in character and plenty of side characters feel real.
Some of my personal favorite things. Kate Bishop. She is a strong female character who spends more time saving Clint than he spends helping her as Clint put is "Did I ever tell you why I love Kate Bishop? I mean, look at her. She's perfect." And she really is. This comic does a great job at showing how Clint is just a great guy, sure he may help save the whole world, but he's just as willing to put his life on the line for a couple of guy's reputation. He just a guy who can't help, but help people. He is a standout character of his own even if he's on the same team as Captain America and Thor.
If you are on the fence about this comic read the reviews- they don't lie. This comic just keeps getting better and better.Read more ›
I was not a Hawkeye fan before this comic. I knew of the character from the golden age avengers, and had enjoyed Jeremy Renner in the role in Avengers. What drew me to this series was the creative team of Matt Fraction and David Aja, the men responsible for one of my favorite series ever The Immortal Iron Fist, Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story. Matt Fraction writes witty, charming, cerebral characters, and David Aja produces some of the most stunning, kinetic actions scenes these eyes have ever seen. That this was going to be a great series with them behind it was a given, but I was in no way prepared to be blown away like I was.
The first issue had me hooked. Totally, completely hooked. Not even their previous efforts on Immortal Iron fist got me that quickly. Only another Marvel title Daredevil, Vol. 1, which is equally gob-smacking as this series, hooked me that quickly. Clint Barton, Hawkeye, in this series is the type of everyman hero that I had given up hope of ever getting to see again. He isn't looking for trouble, but when he sees innocent people getting hurt, he has to help them; that's just who he is.
By the second issue, I knew this was my new favorite series. The addition of the fabulous and hysterical Kate Bishop took the series from great to phenomenal. Issue three is one of my favorite single comic issues, ever.Read more ›
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Matt Fraction and David Aja, who had previously teamed on the terribly underrated IMMORTAL IRON FIST, are once again collaborating to create magic again, and this time, they're taking the most underrated and under-appreciated Avenger that there ever was in its almost-five-decade existence: Clint Barton aka Hawkeye.
The basic premise that puncutates the beginning of each issue is that this is what Clint Barton does when he's not being a superhero. And while it may not be superheroic, it's much smarter and more entertaining than any other superhero comic from Marvel that's out right now. One of the myriad of things that makes the book work as well as it does is that we are given really our first glimpse into the private life of Clint Barton, and see him as the regular Joe of the extremely powerful Marvel heroes. You can probably count on one hand the number of heroes in the Marvel world that don't have some kind of superpower, or supertechnology. Just look at his fellow Avengers: One's a super-soldier and a living legend, another's a God from another world, one's a brilliant billionaire and engineer, another one's a brilliant scientist that turns into the most powerful being on the planet, another is a deadly master assassin whose been active throughout the decades via mind control... well, you get the idea. And then there's Barton; a former carnival performer, who very briefly led a life of crime, and then became an Avenger. He's not the master assassin that THE AVENGERS film would have you believe, but he's certainly no slouch with his bow and arrow. When he was briefly dead (don't ask; it's complicated), a smart, beautiful and privledged young woman named Kate Bishop took up his moniker as one of the Young Avengers.Read more ›
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