Series: All-New Hawkeye #1
Also by this author: Hawkeye: Hawkeyes
Published by Marvel Comics on November 17 2015
Genres: Comic, Contemporary
Hawkeye returns in an all-new book featuring superstar writer Jeff Lemire in his Marvel debut and Eisner Award-winning artist Ramon Perez, as they bring you a fresh new look into the life of everyone's favorite Avenger. With Kate Bishop, his trusted ward and protégé (not titles she would use) back at his side, Team Hawkeye is thrown into an all new adventure spanning two generations of avenging archers. Past and present lives collide as Kate and Clint face a threat that will challenge everything they know about what it means to be Hawkeye.Amazon •
Mature-Content Rating: Violence, language
“You know, this whole not-hearing-thing is really messing with my banter. I probably would have laid half-a-dozen real zingers on you by now.”
I have to admit I was not expecting much out of this; not after reading Fraction and Aja’s version of Hawkeye. I’m happy to say that I’m very pleased with Lemire and Perez’s Hawkeye.
Kate and Clint are working for S.H.I.E.L.D against a Hydra base to uncover a secret weapon. It’s nice to see Kate working as an agent/Avenger-in-training. What they don’t see coming is that the Hydra weapon is about to test their morals and loyalties; to each other and to S.H.I.E.L.D.
Half of this comic is dedicated to Clint’s not-so-nice childhood, flipping back and forth from past to present. It works in revealing how he got his name and the majority of his attitude. His older brother, Barney, also has a major role to play in both his past and present situations.
What I love the most about Clint’s character in this version is that he is deaf! Since he was first deafened in the 1980s by Mockingbird, writers have been only hinting at the fact or completely writing around it. I was worried when Fraction’s run ended and Hawkeye was picked up by Lemire that it would just be shoved under a rug again. Not only did he keep it in, Lemire highlighted it! Great job.
Anytime Clint and Kate are together there’s always a deep chemistry between them. Not necessarily romantic, but great partners. They banter back and forth (mostly on Clint’s bad names for his ‘special’ arrows), but they also have fallouts. Kate has a bad temper, and Clint is lazy when it comes to any kind of relationship.
Overall, I think Hawkeye fans will enjoy this one and I’m looking forward to the next!