Welcome to another Comic Book Wednesday! This is a small, bi-weekly, feature I created to help share some comic love and say what I thought about the first issue of a series, why I bought it, and if I would continue it. Of course, since a single issue is, roughly, 30 pages these posts will be relatively small, but if a series can’t suck you in at the very beginning are they worth continuing?
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Title: Hawkeye #1
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist & Colorer: David Aja (artist) & Matt Hollingsworth (colorist)
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover: David Aja & Matt Hollingsworth
Publisher: Marvel (August, 2012)
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The breakout star of this summer’s blockbuster AVENGERS film and self-made hero Hawkeye fights for justice!With ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he’s out to prove himself as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!Matt Fraction & David Aja (IMMORTAL IRON FIST) reunite to tell the on-going tales of the Arrow-Avenger! – (Marvel)
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Why I Bought It:
I loved the Avengers movie (2012) and Hawkeye was my second favorite character in the film (after Iron Man), so when I heard a comic series had started recently featuring him I snatched it up. And that was my exciting story for the day (not really).
What I Thought:
In the words of tons of peoples favorite fictional, spunky and wildly red-headed orphan, Annie from the musical Annie, “leaping lizards!” I positively adored this first issue. I have been collecting this series for the character and art (insert blissful sigh), but I haven’t gotten around to reading any of them; which I would be kicking myself for now if I could twist my leg to the correct angle needed for said self-imposed kick. Gah!
The art in this was so spectacular! I loved the designs of the people, the buildings, the cars, the animals and the coloring served to bring everything to fruition – it was really well balanced. It found that happy medium that I really felt brought Hawkeye to life and I really hope the same artist and colorist work on all the future issues.
The writing was also rather awesome. Clint Barton (Hawkeye) was snarky and funny, and has this kind-streak that makes him really endearing, yet with still remaining bada**. The biggest problem I had is that it would change time settings, but gave no real indication of doing so (like writing ‘now’ or ‘then,’ or even more specific times such as ’10:15am: August 26′ in a tiny box or something) and that threw me off a few times. While I found myself checking, at least twice, to see if I missed some pages, I got used to it rather quickly. It probably helped that I had previously watched and enjoyed the anime Baccano! and the live-action television series, Once Upon a Time, which can both also get equally confusing (if not more so) time-wise. Also, did I mention there was a dog?
Would I Continue?:
Is Clint an archer? Of course, I shall continue reading this! I need more Hawkeye in my life.