Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon
so, anne was kind enough to bully me into reading a hawkeye book. i'm not a superhero person, and i've read very little in the way of superhero-based graphic novels. i read Watchmen and X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga because they were assigned for one of my library-school readers' advisory classes, and i've read a bunch of batman books because - batman, but as far as the rest of ...more
Hawkeye seems like an odd character for Matt Fraction to do after his acclaimed run on Invincible Iron Man where he wrote Tony Stark as a slightly dickish genuis who was more interesting than the superhero aspect. He uses a similar style to give us a version of Clint Barton that relies on the character’s history instead of discarding it, yet could be picked up ...more
2. This guy
Clint Barton AKA Hawkeye is pretty cool. Even though he doesn't have the powers that the other Avengers have at their disposal.
He has a boomerang arrow for crap's sake! I should have loved it. All my friends on Goodreads that have read this book have rated it quite highly.
So of course I go and read it wrong...that's just what I do.
I think that is it!
I mean, all the cool kids had already read it.
And here it was, in my hands!
I. Was. Cool.
Then I opened it up. And I shit you not, my first reaction was this:
Wha..? No. But?! Mother fucker. What's up with this ugly-ass art?! Well, shit. This is just great. So that's what they were all talking about. That's just...fuuuuck. God. I can't...ugh.
So I shut it.
Yes. I ...more
Well, true believers, they would have been correct. In this collection, he’s a compulsive, impetuous, big mouth first, super-hero second, who’s not above getting his butt kicked (repeatedly). One issue recounts how Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) on ...more
... You cowboy around with the Avengers some. Guys got, what, armor. Magic. Super-powers. Super-strength. Shrink-dust. Grow-rays. Magic. Healing factors. I’m an orphan raised by carnies. Fighting with a stick and a string from the Paleolithic era. So when I say this looks ‘bad’? I promise you it feels worse... Paleolithic. I looked it up.”
That’s how Marvel’s influential surprise hit (first launched in 2012) starts, and it’s a good indicator of the title’s successful mar ...more
░ Why did I find this hilarious? ░
✔ Because Clint Barton has the best bad ideas
✔ Because Captain America calls him.
Okay, ONCE. Whatever.
✔ Because BOOMERANG.
Oh, yeah, that's the moment where you pretend to understand what I say. Huh-huh.
✔ Because I discovered many kinds of arrows and of course, that's absolutely fascinating (RIGHT?).
✔ Because Clint says DAMN a lot. So do I, so do I.
✔ Because Kate totally rocks. Fortunately.
Oh! And there's this dog.
That's probably my ...more
Hawkeye is probably the most hated avenger, and I used to be one of them. I believe I used to think of him as a ripoff Green Arrow, but maybe I was a huge DC fanboy then. I even researched who came first, and was glad that Green Arrow came first. If you even saw my profile, it' ...more
It's a good story and the artwork was cool, but it was a little bit melodrama, I thought. I'm interested to see where this story goes and to keep on with it. Still, it's ...more
Now, I will admit that when I first heard about Marvel launching their “Marvel NOW” line (which is similar to DC doing their “New 52” reboot, except that “Marvel NOW” is not a reboot), I was a bit hesitant about reading any of the comic books from this line because:
1) I did not like the direction that Marvel was taking some of their franchises (X-Men in particular).
2) Since I have not been reading Marvel Comics (or DC comics for that matter) that long, I was afraid that I would ...more
"Hawkeye became the greatest sharpshooter known to man. He then joined The Avengers. This is what Hawkeye does when he's not being an Avenger. That's all you need to know."
This is the quote that starts the volume. I have to say my general best case scenario when it comes to Hawkeye is indifference. The man fights with a bow and arrow for goodness sakes. I'll admit he's effective with it, but who fights with a bow and arrow. The ammo that can be carried is always severly limited, there is a r ...more
Ok, so as Hawkeye’s number 1 fan it’s a little surprising that it’s taken me this long to get to this critically acclaimed series starring comicdom’s greatest archer (shut up Ollie!) Matt Fraction and David Aja make a great team as they take a peek into the ‘everyday’ life of a superhero…a superhero who can’t shoot lightning bolts, fly, or bench press a city bus. What does an average Avenger do on his days off?
The story starts by letting us see Clint Barton, aka the Avenging archer ...more
I'm leaving this to fester in my subconscious for another month or two before I pore over it again - I just can't do it justice on one reading.
...even knowing how much Fraction handed over control to Aja - and even knowing that Marvel Style was the scripting approach - I still gotta credit the talent behind the keyboard as mu ...more
There is some quality storytelling here that lets me forget the middling art and drops me right into the very real pathos and snark that is a pretty damn interesting Hawkeye.
Though, if I'm going to be utterly honest, I think I like his little sidekick even more. She doesn't so much snark it up with words as she does it with action. I really, really like her.
It looks like I'm gonna have to sit down for the rest of the night and run through all five volumes and I'm prett ...more
The art for issues #1 to issues #3 were absolutely superb. I really loved it. But as soon as the artist changed for issues #4 & #5 I was extremely disappointed. It's strange to have the art change midway through a vol, especially when the art changes from good to really ...more
This has a very "Tom King character reinvention" feel to it. It's also got a lot of action and a lot of laughs. ...more
Each issue is a sort of stand-alone thriller with Clint and Kate getting in and out of all kinds of trouble. Some of the conflicts are as small as saving an apartment building or a dog, and as large as a billion dollar sting operation in Madripoor. Fraction's Hawkeye is also ve ...more
I am usually not as zen about anything. Ever. (Sorry, I'm from the Balkans.) But I have reached my most zen moment as far as comic books come: All comic books have something cool in them, but they are not all as cool for all people.
In other words, I see that Marvel and DC might not be my thing as far as comic books come. I LOVE superhero movies but the superhero comic books simply underwhelm me. I tried so many times...more
Reading this I realized a few things about Hawkeye, one of which is that he's a blonde dude. I had totally forgotten that Hawkeye is supposed to be blonde. Hawkeye has brown hair in the "Iron Man" and "Avengers" movies. Why hasn't this change been noted elsewhere? You wouldn't change Superman's hair. What about a blonde Tony Stark? (I'm not saying that such ...more
Hawkeye re-teams the creative force behind the Immortal Iron Fist, Matt Fraction and David Aja, to bring a new take on the sharp shooting Avenger. It opens with a shot directly taken out of the Avengers movie (it's also a shot that was used for one of the Ultimate Comics: Hawkeye variants), and then we see Clint falling onto a car. He only spends the first two pages in costume, because when Fraction says "this is wh ...more
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Education and first job: Fraction never graduated from college. He stopped half a semester short of an art ...more