These are good gritty-ish Marvel crime comics about what Hawkguy does when he’s not being an Avenger. Funny and clever. I read this because Fraction is probably my favourite superhero writer these days. The Pizza the Dog issue in Little Hits is the best though. The best.
Vol. 2 continues where the first comic dropped off. This is both negative and positive. On the one hand, the characterization of Hawkeye and his various issues remains a high point. He's charismatic in a genuine way while trying to balance his regular life with the freaky nature of his superhero activities. The Superstorm Sandy events challenge him as much as the next New Yorker if not more so, with him doing his best to help his many neighbors.
This is all pretty great, but things get bogged down with the lack of advancement when it comes to other characters. As well, the core villains are painfully one-note Russian gangster stereotypes complete with broken English, casual misogyny, ugly tracksuits, and gleeful violence. The introduction of an operatic male assassin with a troubled history is interesting, but he's a brief part of the comic when he should've been present throughout it. In the end, the comic is worth a look, but it doesn't quite live up to the sky-high expectations that were previously set up.
Carries on in the same vein as "My Life As a Weapon", but even more so- minimalist pencils and colouring, quirky P.O.V. storytelling (including by Lucky, the dog) and the endearing convention of calling both Clint Barton and Kate Bishop "Hawkeye".
A lot of pages and panels are devoted to the introduction of a new creepy antagonist, "Kazi The Clown", but don't expect much payoff- the confrontation will have to wait.
Also largely conspicuously absent? Shooting arrows at stuff, which was refreshing albeit a little surprising in a compilation featuring not one, but two Hawkeyes.
Lastly, the issue dealing with the events of Superstorm Sandy was well handled, and fitting for the "ordinary guy" persona they've given Clint.
This story seemed kind of...fragmented. I couldn't really figure out how it fit together.
Hawkeye is my absolute favorite superhero, and Fraction's story [along with Aja's art] treats him very well. He's a great character, flawed and real, and this trade paperback of the current run of Hawkeye comics is GREAT.
I first discovered Hawkeye in Avengers volume 1 and then any comic that featured him (Marvel Team Up etc.) before really becoming a fan of his with Hawkeye volume 1 mini-series.
I then followed his term as leader of the West Coast Avengers then his other miniseries/ongoing series before finding him yet again in Thunderbolts and The Avengers volume 3 (Volume 2 was of no interest to me).
Having read this comic, I disagree entirely with the other reviewers opinions. Although showing the dog's perspective is unique, I was turned off by the one dimensional aspect of Clint/Hawkeye that the author and illustrator are guilty of.
The story was very disappointing.
Clint continues to work his way through his non-Avengers life. He's getting bogged down in it all and his relationships with the women in his life are suffering, including the one with Kate Bishop. The final scenes, the one from the dog's point of view, is especially a favourite. The layout and the art is much the same, and the snark and sassiness from everyone is just as amusing as the first volume
"This looks bad."
Things have not become any easier for our beleaguered hero. His everyday life is filled with helping the community, and, with little semblance of normality, he is slowly, both physically and mentally, becoming wearied.
The formula remains similar from volume one in terms of structure, colour, and its distinct use of time, but there are several parts where the author experiments. One such addition is dog-vision-mode, and while the dog's detached perspective may seem an odd choice, especially for such a key set of scenes, it is unique. Relying namely on images (the dog understands only a few human words in each sentence), it allows us to see these events in a whimsical way, thus relieving the tension of previous chapters, while still retaining a solemn atmosphere.
Usually the colour scheme reflects on weather or time of day, but there is some variation, as is done in the section with the funky, contrasting colours that represent the mindset of a killer, or in the "Love" part, that utilizes tones of red.
While his enemies give him plenty of trouble, it is his relationships with women that cause him the most grief. This focus on these very personal and realistic details of his life, continue to be the stand-out feature of this series.
Matt Fraction works with some series and doesn't work with others. He works wonders here. This is the new 'Daredevil' when Bendis and Maleev were at the top of their game.
Continuing Fraction's run on the two Hawkeyes- the Avenger and his apprentice- this series showcases Fraction at his best. It concentrates on street level stories and strong characterization, particularly in terms of a story tying into a hurricane. And the art suits the storytelling quite well.
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