All New Hawkeye 2 review

All-New_Hawkeye_Vol_1_2The first issue of Jeff Lemire’s Hawkeye series was great. It featured both Hawkeyes invading a Hydra base to find a superweapon, mixed in with flashbacks to Clint’s past. But what started off as a fun comic ended with a shocking moment. This comic picks up exactly where the first ended, with Kate Bishop discovering that the “weapons” are kids.

Without spoiling much, this comic is still good but not quite as good as the first. The banter from the first issue is significantly reduced, making for a darker tone. That said, Hawkeye’s fight with a tough Hydra agent helps make up for it while also touching on his hearing problems in a clever way.

Where this issue really shines is in its flashbacks and how well the tie into the main story. In the flashback, Clint and his brother, Barney, are fleeing from their abusive caretaker, only to find a new home with a circus. Their new home ties into the current story perfectly, with both a hopeful situation and an ominous ending and a closing narration that works equally for both time periods.

The art is handled by Ramon Perez, who shows off his versatility with drastically different styles between the flashbacks and the modern setting. The flashbacks take on a dreamlike style, mixing a variety of colours and meshing frames together while using red to emphasize violence. The modern story uses a much simpler look, yet it’s perfectly effective with the action scenes and focusing on the little things in the environment. There isn’t too much to say about the art, other than both styles work well for their respective stories.

While this isn’t as good as the first issue, so far Lemire’s Marvel debut series is a good one. Clint and Kate play off each other well even when they’re not sharing panels for most of the comic. Fans of either Hawkeye should pick this up, as should those who want to learn more about them.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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3 Responses to All New Hawkeye 2 review

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  3. xmenxpert says:

    The present stuff is a good superhero story with indie sensibilities, and very well done. The past stuff is just gorgeous, emotionally powerful stuff. This is a fantastic book.


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