This title has a LOT of to live up to after the legendary Hawkeye run by Matt Fraction and David Aja, but Jeffrey Lemire and Ramon Perez manage to keep Fraction and Aja’s Hawkguy essence pure while pushing it into a new direction beyond the NY slums and into S.H.I.E.L.D. vs Hydra territory.
My first time reading through, I kind of hated it. There’s one part in particular where the dialogue just seemed so forced, like it was trying way too hard to make Hawkeye seem like a witty dude, as opposed to just having witty dialogue just flow naturally. The exact line was “I will concede one point though, Katherine. This mission is extra stupid.” What!? Hawkeye doesn’t sound like that! Smarmy jerknerds in fedoras and sandals talk like that! There’s also a dumb line right off the bat when we catch up with Kate and Clint and Clint says “No time for aiming, Kate. Only time for running!” Ughghghghghghggh.
Those two shitty lines of dialogue killed the whole experience for me. Luckily, I came back a re-read it with a less cranky worldview. Pretty good call on my part. Clunky attempts at witty banter aside, this is a great start to what I can only hope will be a pretty baller Hawkeye story. It does a good job of balancing fun superhero action with deeper character moments through flashbacks, and when it all comes together at the end, it definitely sets the tone for what’s in store.
- The painted flashback pages are gorgeous.
- Lots of Hydra soldiers getting beat up all over the place.
- It has a really nice cover.
- Iffy dialogue
- I'm kind of bitter about Matt Fraction and David Aja's run being over.