I finally got around to reading the first issue of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s new Hawkeye series. Yes, I’m buying a Marvel book, get over it. Anyways, I picked it up because I’d heard good things about their run on Iron Fist, and Hawkeye is my favorite non-metallic Marvel character. Overall, I enjoyed it, even though the book is a bit mis-titled. It should be titled “Clint Barton” rather than “Hawkeye,” but that’s okay.
The title page of the book says:
Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, became the greatest sharpshooter known to man. He then joined the Avengers. This is what he does when he’s not being an avenger. That’s all you need to know.
That’s a wonderful way to start a book set in a much larger universe. Especially when you’re launching this new title in the middle of a large event. Books tying into the larger universe is what always made me cautious about buying Marvel titles. Like, I was considering getting Bendis and Bagely’s Avengers Assemble until I found out that it would be in-continuity (even just a little bit was more than I wanted to risk). But this pitch gives me hope as I read the rest of the issue.
The story starts off with Clint Barton getting out of the hospital while sustaining many injuries as Hawkeye. He returns to home to the rundown apartment complex he’s staying at to find that the landlord has raised the amount of everyone’s rent a ridiculous amount, hoping to be able to evict everyone. When Clint is unable to pay off the landlords, things turn violent. And of course, violence solves everything. Well, violence, ultimatums, and still large amounts of money.
I thought the writing was pretty good. It made sense, Clint had a defined and distinct voice, and the supporting characters all seemed like separate characters and not the same character with just different appearances. Your mileage with the art may vary. Personally, I enjoyed it, but then again, I like this style of art. I’d compare it with someone like Tim Sale. So, if you like Sale’s art, then I’d imagine you’d like Aja’s.