Not that Tessa Dare is not a smart author or that books like this are only for dumb people, but after the past week of trying to smoosh very smart andNot that Tessa Dare is not a smart author or that books like this are only for dumb people, but after the past week of trying to smoosh very smart and/or very long books into my brain, I just really needed a dumdum book. This fit the bill admirably. Full review later.
Didn't like this one as much as the previous ones, but not because of lack of Clint (although I did miss him), but more because I didn't really like tDidn't like this one as much as the previous ones, but not because of lack of Clint (although I did miss him), but more because I didn't really like the bad guy in this one.
This one entirely follows Kate in her adventures in L.A., but nothing happens like she thinks it will. When she gets there and tries to check in to her hotel, her card is declined, and her car repossessed. And the nice woman who helps her out and takes her to lunch turns out to be Madame Masque, Kate's relatively recent new nemesis (from Vol. 1), who offers Kate a place to stay. But Kate doesn't realize it's her until it's too late, because well, she usually wears a mask. She manages to escape, thankfully, but then finds herselv basically homeless until she manages to get a gig house/cat-sitting for a couple of elderly lesbians who are going traveling.
Because this is L.A., Kate decides she's going to be a superhero detective, only: she doesn't know how, and she is pretty bad at it, and also manages to annoy everyone she comes into contact with. I find her pretty hilarious, honestly.
In the end, she does manage to make several friends and has several epically weird adventures, as if Fraction is consciously trying to do the superhero version of Hollywood before L.A. basically kicks her out again.
Vol. 4 not available at my library, so v. sad....more
When you think "superhero comic," nothing about what Matt Fraction is doing with Hawkeye will come to mind. The style alone with its limited color palWhen you think "superhero comic," nothing about what Matt Fraction is doing with Hawkeye will come to mind. The style alone with its limited color palette and cartoonish art (but in a wonderful, highly stylized way) is enough to set it apart. Each issue (for the most part) stands alone. Also for the most part, the concerns of this comic are not thwarting global domination or defeating bad guys with world-destroying powers or stopping galactic assholes from destroying the Earth.
Nope, our two Hawkeyes (Clint Barton and Kate Bishop) are mostly concerned with things like helping friends to survive and prep for a hurricane, dealing with the minutiae of relationships and intimacy issues, setting up new apartments and untangling messes of cords for your electronics (which, okay, may involve calling your genius pal Tony Stark in to help), job burnout, you know, stuff that like that. Not to say that Barton's life is normal and what happens to him here is normal, just that it all plays out on a much smaller scale and concerns things that are much more mundane than you would expect.
There's a couple of recurring baddies that pop up in this volume, but they're honestly the least interesting part of the whole thing. (Although the Russian mobsters continually overusing the word "Bro" is actually becoming a more funny joke the longer it goes on.) Kate Bishop might actually be my favorite part if I'm being honest. She's badass.
The most notable thing about this volume is the last issue, which is told entirely from the perspective of Clint's rescue dog, Arrow/Lucky/Pizza Dog. (Fittingly enough, it is called "Pizza is My Business".)
I don't know if I should actually read this. The same thing always happens to me with Sara Gruen books. I'm super into the blurb on the book, then theI don't know if I should actually read this. The same thing always happens to me with Sara Gruen books. I'm super into the blurb on the book, then the first couple of chapters pull me in. And then the book falls apart and I end up pouting in a corner. But . . . Loch Ness monster!!! ...more