Welcome to another comics THORsday! Today we’re going to explore Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (Marvel NOW!) [The Book Depository]. This is a great trade to discover Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, the coolest Hawkeye pair existing in the comics. I personally don’t like Clint, at least in the movies. However, I do enjoy this encarnation and Kate. Both are badass and are a great team who kickass at ease. In this first volume we discover how down-to-earth Clint is, and his relationship with his collegue Kate.
There are many strong points in this series: we get to enjoy two different Hawkeyes together; we get to enjoy amazing art in all the pages, and we get thrilled with the stories in the volume. And in all, this is a masterpiece.
[SPOILERS: there are mild spoilers ahead. If you haven’t read the comic book yet, refrain from reading beyond here. However, if you are okay with spoilers, please keep going!]
Clint is a tough guy who decides to save a dog from the mob. A gang is asking too much money to all the neighbors of the building in which Clint lives. And so, he decides to solve the issue and save the dog. Here we can see how Hawkeye starts his quest as the guy next door who will fix small things. Even if he is a member of the Avengers, he is the type of guy who will try to fix things that happen next to his door.
But he’ll also go beyond that. He teams up with Kate for bigger issues. They both work well together, and they try to make things easier for everyone. Thus, Hawkeye, in whatever version, is worried about small matters that can get big later on.
Perhaps saving the dog is the hint that gives away Clint’s character: closed, rough, but trying to make his environment a better place.
Despite the comic being pretty serious, there are many jokes in it. One of my favorites is Clint flying for his life. Okay, he’s censored, but it’s a funny way to censor Clint’s nudeness. (Well, perhaps I’m the only one who finds this funny).
Please notice all the dynamics in the artwork. This trade is a masterpiece of arranging panels and creating speed with its artwork and with lettering! Also, the colors give the trade a particular personality. Just take a look at the examples below:
Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (Marvel NOW!) is a masterpice, both in art and script. If you want to know the real Hawkeye (Clint) and a great kickass Hawkeye (Kate) consider to read this comic book. It’s one of the best out there!
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