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Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (Marvel NOW!) Paperback – March 19, 2013
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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.
What's best about Fraction and Aja's Hawkeye: you don't have to be a long-running fan of Hawkeye to enjoy this comic. If you're new to Hawkeye or comics in general - this is the place to start.
WHAT IT HAS:
Humor - I've found myself laughing out loud several times. I appreciate the little background humor, too.
Amazing art - from style and color scheme right down to panel layout and flow - everything about this comic's art FITS.
Great storytelling - it's refreshing to see a comic that isn't trying to be overly grand or `save the world' - that's a bit over saturated nowadays. This is about the little guys and gals, too.
Character portrayal - that hits you right in the heart. This comic has little moments that are telling about people. Not just about Clint `Hawkeye' Barton, but about the people he's surrounded by as well. It gives everybody something to either relate to, or find compassion toward. That's not something I find in many comic books.
Kate Bishop - also Hawkeye, Kate Bishop is portrayed in a way that provides a breath of fresh air - getting away from the all-too sexualized women of comics and giving you a hilarious, strong-minded young woman who you can't help but adore and look forward to seeing more from. What's nice about Kate Bishop: she's not around all the time. The comic still focuses on Clint Barton, but her supporting status in this series is wonderfully noticeable but not overpowering. She adds without stealing the show, and that's the perfect recipe.
Reigniting a love - I'd stopped reading most comics because they'd become too similar or too overly ridiculous - Hawkeye nabbed my attention from the get go and for the first time in many, many years I'm actually buying issues as they're released and then grabbing up the compilations to boot.