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- Print Length: 134 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (July 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 19, 2013
- Sold by: Marvel Entertainment US
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EAROZZU
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Hawkeye Vol. 2: Little Hits (Hawkeye Series) Kindle & comiXology
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Hawkeye (Clint) just can't keep himself out of trouble, and Hawkeye (Kate) is just there to make things more interesting. Really, they haven't changed since the first volume but that's a good thing: The humor and entertainment of the series relies on their dynamic and personalities bouncing off. Though, Hawkeye is fleshed out a bit more with the introduction of other women in his life, from the "Work Wife" the Black Widow to the ex-wife Mockingbird and to the friend-girl Spiderwoman, who all happen to watch some random scantly dressed woman come up and kiss him. The Hawkguy is a simple character but the women in his life make it more complex. Character interaction is a huge thing for this series, and it's touching when even PIzza Dog's interactions are touched upon as well as his interactions with the residents of his building. Speaking of PIzza Dog, he gets his own issue and you wouldn't believe the story you get from something without words. Because he is, you know, a dog...
The art is just as minimalistic and it still fits perfectly. There is one issue where it does become more vibrant, to fit the atmosphere of where they are at the moment; however, it doesn't sacrifice its minimalism so it's still good. Hawkeye is currently the only book that I can think of that can pull this off, which is a good thing.
I recommend the buy, along with the first volume of course. It's not necessary, strictly speaking; however, a lot of themes and story lines are carried over so it's very much so not recommended to skip volume one. If you are good at picking up on details reminding the reader, then it's not an issue but I can't give you a good reason to skip it, bro. Honestly, just buy both volumes, and 3 and 4 when the come out.
I was first turned on to the new Hawkeye run by a friend of mine who normally doesn't read supers comics at all. His interest piqued my curiosity and I decided to give it a go. For the most part, I was pleasantly surprised.
Picking up where Vol 1 left off, freshly rich after ripping off Kingpin, et al., Hawkeye tries to take a break but ends up being sucked back into the orbit of the jinxed femme fatale from his previous adventure... much to the annoyance of every other woman in his life, from Black Widow to his ex-wife (Mockingbird) to the "new" Hawkeye.
Honestly, the neo-noir storyline is probably the weakest part of the volume, as most of the strength of the book are the little details. Be it the quirky relationship that Clint develops with his new tenants (after taking over his building from the Russian mob last book), the constant "bro"-alogues from the generic thugs that constantly threaten his life, or the last episode of the trade that features an abstract episode from Clints new adopted dog, Little Hits delivers almost entirely.
If you're looking for generic fair, Fraction's run of Hawkeye isn't for you... but if you like stretching the bounds of both writing and art while still touching upon pop heroes and heroines, then this series is right up your ally.
The book opens with Kate and Clint facing a massive hurricane/superstorm that is threatening the East Coast. What can they do in the face of Mother Nature besides batten down the hatches and try to help their friends as best they can? And then the Russian Mafia returns to cause havoc for Clint both in his building and his love life as a mob wife he saved returns for his help once again. To top it all off, even Tony Stark can’t help him untangle the wires for his entertainment system. What’s a guy to do?
I love this series. Clint Barton is a piping hot mess and it refreshing to see a hero who has to battle everyday life like the rest of us. The stories are irreverent, action-packed and laces with dark humor. Overall, a must-read and highly recommended.
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I've never read Hawkeye prior to this series and it's been a bit of a revelation, never expected it to be this good. In this series Barton continues to have problems with the Russian gangsters after having purchased one of their buildings to help everyone living there whilst also helping residents and having run-ins with his ex lovers. Alongside this we also see what Kate is getting up to and enjoy a wonderful issue narrated (cleverly using visual queues) by Pizza dog.
Overall a funny , well written, well drawn and compelling book. The only down side is I keep reading them too quickly. This is a series that I am going to revisit many times.
Well, it's about 2 Hawkeyes actually, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop. Both are kinda human car crashes. Clint can't seem to get his life together, has all sortsa women troubles (including his protégé, Kate), as well as self-confidence issues, while Kate is a headstrong young woman trying to find her own identity despite also being called Hawkeye and wielding a bow and arrows in her team the Young Avengers. And it's also about Pizza Dog aka Lucky - but more on him later.
The structure of the series is episodic so nearly every issue is self-contained like a sitcom and might be why the book is called Little Hits. However things happen towards the end of this book that splits the story from New York to California, and one of the new characters gets iced by a clown killer, so longer plot threads do emerge and take shape. Also - and this is to the comics' credit - the stories tend to have very little resembling usual Marvel superhero comics.
Issue #7 for example is set during Hurricane Sandy, the natural disaster that laid waste to America's East Coast last year, as Hawkeye helps his buddy Grills out at his elderly father's place in Queens, preparing for the flood. Meanwhile Kate does the only real superhero-ing by setting out in the midst of the storm to get medicine from a nearby pharmacy only to see it being looted. A failed confrontation later and ordinary people show up to help Kate and stop the thieves in an excellent scene showing the camaraderie and decentness that is brought out in people when faced with epic disasters.
Without going into why I loved every single issue in the book, I'll just say that there's a great scene where Clint gets Tony to try and hook up his VCR in his new flat (yup, Clint still uses a VCR) and there are more shenanigans with the Russian tracksuit wearing toughs who use the word "Bro" like audible punctuation. But one issue towers above the rest and MUST be talked about - I'm talking about the Pizza Dog issue, #11.
This is the issue told from the perspective of Lucky, the dog eating pizza in the first issue in this series, who is saved by Clint from abusive owners, the Russian track suit bros. As this is the dog's perspective, there is almost no dialogue, except for the occasional word that Lucky understands like pizza, Hawkeye, and Good Boy (which is followed by the best panel ever). Dialogue and actions are interpreted through symbols in an attempt to show how dogs think through images, smells, sounds, and we see a day in the life of Pizza Dog. It too is a self-contained comic with some scenes in it that at first appear cryptic but that are explained in later issues - I know this because I've gotten to the point now where I can't wait for the trade paperbacks, I've got to buy the single issues as soon as they come out. Yes, it's that good.
It's artist David Aja that makes the Pizza Dog issue work so well. In fact, every issue Aja has done has been gobsmackingly gorgeous, unlike anything that you would expect in a Hawkeye book. Aided by colourist Matt Hollingsworth who brings a minimalist colour palette to the pages and you've got among the best art in a mainstream superhero comic ever seen. Aja deservedly won an Eisner this year for his work on this series and the Pizza Dog issue might well wind up winning best single issue at next year's Eisners - it's certainly got my vote.
And of course Matt Fraction - what else is there to say about this guy, except Hawkeye is his unexpected masterpiece. I'm not the world's biggest Fraction fan but after his work on this and Fantastic Four/FF, I'm all about this guy's work now.
Who knew that what a superhero does when he's not being a superhero could be more interesting than when he is? Fraction, Aja, and Hollingsworth did that's who. Hawkeye x 2 + Pizza Dog = this book rules.
Seriously the best comic book series I've read in years.....if not ever!!!
The combo of Matt Fraction and David Aja work so well that I wished they worked together on ever piece of work the created.
The story lines are amazing and the art work is just.....WOW!
For those who don't know what this is, it basically follows Hawkeye on his days off from the Avengers. Sounds dull??? It really isn't. It's full of humour and it's really made, what I though was the dullest Marvel character, in to one of my favourites.
I even went out and bought some purple Converse and a purple t-shirt just to copy him!
Marvel comic readers, please read this as it's incredible!!!
Also, for anyone interested in art, loved the fact that there were little bits in the back of the book with step by step drawing of pages as well as a comment by Matt Hollingsworth about how he does the colouring for the comics.
The artwork is simple, clean and striking really matching the stripped down, clever, funny storylines. Really impressed!
Give this a read if you're a Comic book fan.
Hawkeye offers a really intersting view into a superhero without powers.... broken bones and all.
The artwork is also particularly amazing and unique.