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Hawkeye, Vol. 1 Hardcover – November 19, 2013
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Matt Fraction writes Clint Barton as an affable everyman who just wants to do the right thing. The stories are fast, funny, and just plain fun. Clint and Kate are some of the most engaging characters in comics now, and their playful, flirty banter alone is almost worth the price of admission. The story takes a more serious turn later, but never looses the fun loving element that made it great.
David Aja draws the crap out of this book, and when he can't make it, Javier Pulido and Francesco Francavilla pick up his slack and knock it out of the park. Add to the fact that Matt Hollingsworth colors this book to purple hued perfection, this is a beautiful book no matter how you look at it.
The hardcover is big, colorful, easy to read, and most importantly, very well made. Marvel has been known to skimp on the quality of their releases, but I'm happy to say they've done right by Hawkeye. I cannot overstate what an amazing deal this is. You are getting eleven out of the thirteen existing issues in this series for less than it would cost to buy both soft covers.
When all is said and done, you are getting almost the entire run of the best current Marvel series in print, collected in a beautiful and well made package for a more than reasonable price. This is a must buy all the way. Pick it up and enjoy, bro.
First off, I love that this story has both Hawkeyes – Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, of Young Avengers. It’s fun to see him as a mentor to a protégé, balancing his usual brash tactics with the need to look out for a less experienced partner. And she’s not just a side-kick; she can hold her own, even going so far as to pull his butt out of the fire more than once. It is she who described his life as a “car crash.” And it is that which makes him so relatable. He’s incredibly skilled, and an Avenger, but he makes crap decisions that constantly come back to bite him. Like the Black Widow series, this one follows him on his “down-time” from Avenging. He picks a fight with the Russian Mafia who are trying to force the tenants out of Clint’s building, and this starts an ongoing feud that will continue. In between, he has missions, he has hook-ups and break-ups, gets beat up, and saves the day.
The art here is very different from what I usually see and difficult to describe. Though it’s not what I would usually like, it works perfectly for this character. Overall, this is an excellent series that I will definitely continue to read. Highly recommended.
Everything about this book is fantastic, from the quality of the paper/binding to the art and storyline. With no complex tie ins, no "pre-reading" needed to understand, and no unnecessary vague references any reader can pick this book up, read it cover to cover, and savor every work and every drop of ink.
Starting with the art, seldom have I ever seen a combination of an author, illustrator, and colorist appear to be functioning on the exact save wavelength.
This starts with Fraction establishing a broken everyman type character, a character who has money and friends, but still has a hollow spot in his life that he attempts to fill in. His ward, Kate Bishop is brilliantly depicted as a stubborn youth disconnected from the true reality of the job.
Aja (et all) follow up with a brilliant, minimalist style to the illustrations that clearly illustrates to you the characters emotions, from Clint's sadness to his anger the reader is never guessing the emotional state of the characters. the minimalist styling of the illustrations are matched step for step by a masterful use of color by Hollingsworth .