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Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon

(Hawkeye (2012-2016) (Collected Editions) #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  47,225 ratings  ·  2,291 reviews
The breakout star of this summer's blockbuster Avengers film, Clint Barton - aka the self-made hero Hawkeye - fights for justice! With ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he's out to prove himself as one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes! SHIELD recruits Clint to intercept a packet of incriminating evidence - before he becomes the most wanted man in the world. You won't be ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Marvel (first published March 13th 2013)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO PICK THIS UP?! Hawkeye is the best! This was loaded with action & humor. All I need when it comes to comics tbh. Also Kate Bishop is bae.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
all right, all right, all right. anne is correct in all things and maybe hawkeye can be interesting, in the right hands.

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
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hey, Marvel. Instead of massive crossovers and killing off major characters as publicity stunts, do more like this. Please and thank you.

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
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
My library actually got in a bunch of new graphic novels. So I was really excited to pick this one up because
1. Avengers
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!

Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'd been looking forward to reading this for so long, that I think I had a little mini-anxiety attack when I realized I was looking at 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
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comix, favorites
If someone had told me that one of the best graphic novel collections of the past year would be about Hawkeye (the Avenger, not the M.A.S.H character), I would have scoffed. Hawkeye? Really? The bow and arrow dude with a big mouth and identity issues. Meh!

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
Jan Philipzig
“Okay... This Looks Bad...

... 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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Actual rating : 3.5 stars

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
Will M.
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I believe this will be my first time writing a review for graphic novels. I firmly believe that graphic novels need the same attention and effort given to regular novels. From now on, I'll be reviewing more graphic novels.

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'
Wil Wheaton
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Hawkeye is the best comic story in a decade.
I started out reading Kate Bishop Hawkeye. This was first, but it's so similar to Kate Bishop that it didn't feel new to me after starting with the later read. I can tell this is a story people like and it introduces characthers that stick around in the stories to come. It's a thriller and the story is a little choppy at times.

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


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
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-unlimited
"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
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superheroes
3 – 3.5 stars

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
This book demands multiple readings. On the first read-through it just works so smoothly that it's easy to miss the exquisite creative relationship between Fraction and Aja.

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
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I guess everyone is right.

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
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, comix, fiction
When I walked out of the theatre after watching The Avengers last year, I was too blown away by the awesomeness of The Hulk to even remember Jeremy Renner’s performance as Clint Barton (a.k.a.Hawkeye; a.k.a. the guy with the arrows). His role as a member of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes had felt rather diminished and seemed like an afterthought. Hawkeye wasn’t nearly as exciting, memorable or as flashy as Thor, Iron Man or even Agent Colson. So when I heard all the buzz behind Matt Fraction’s take on ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one! So almost everybody I know praises this series to no end; and for the most part this one lived up to it! So the story is basically a week in the life of Hawkeye kind of thing; and turns out ya Hawkeye has a life outside the Avengers, who knew? I really like how Matt Fraction writes this comic, its like his usual stuff: simplistic approach and plot, but written so so well! I honestly can't imagine reading a solo Hawkeye comic from any other writer; but it doesn't surprise ...more
Sam Quixote
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fraction writes the best book of his career with Hawkeye, giving the character the kind of adventures the other Avengers wish they could have. Phenomenal art from Aja and Pulido makes Volume 1 of Hawkeye one of the best books Marvel has put out all year. Full review here! ...more
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-seq-art
This contains the first five issues of Fraction & Aja's Hawkeye series, a clever, quippy, sometimes unexpectedly moving grunge noir comedy of a superhero comic. It is notable for the intricacy of the structuring and the superlativeness of the art and layouts -- they are both complex and clear, theatrically artificial and naturalistically meaningful. The layouts -- whose style continues in the two issues with guest artist Javier Pulido -- is the kind of thing you only get with a brilliant writer/ ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
There's a ton of good buzz surrounding Matt Fraction's Hawkeye. It's deserved. The stories are fun, light on continuity, and filled with great dialog and action. The art is almost deceptively simple, but thankfully crystal clear. I never wondered what was going on in any particular panel. And the covers are fabulous, unique and boldly graphic. Clint Barton himself is a fantastic character, rough around the edges but with a fundamentally good heart. Kate Bishop, the other Hawkeye, makes for a gre ...more
I really enjoy the MCU. I own and have seen all of the movies, most of them multiple times, but I haven't really gotten into much beyond that. By which I mean, obviously, the comics or graphic novels, and more recently, all of the spin-off shows. I watched a season plus a bit of Jessica Jones, and the first episode of WandaVision, but that was really about it. But then my friend asked if anyone would be willing to buddy up for these Hawkeye graphic novels, and as I really like Hawkeye (as played ...more
Kadi P
What an awesome comic! Matt Fraction creates a unique voice for Clint Barton and whips together a witty and compelling story. The character dynamics between Clint and Kate were absolutely spot on and I couldn't have loved it 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
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hey, somebody took a character I couldn't care less about and made a FANTASTIC comic based on him. Neat!

This has a very "Tom King character reinvention" feel to it. It's also got a lot of action and a lot of laughs.
Who is Hawkeye outside of the Avengers? What does Clint Barton do when he's not being Hawkeye? Apparently start lots of fights, shell out tons of cash, hang out with young Avenger Kate Bishop, and also be a total smartass.

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
Jeannette Nikolova
Jun 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Day 3 of the 7 consecutive days of comic book reviews on the WondrousBooks blog.

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

Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superheros
i dont know anything about the current marvel universe so i definitely was a little bit lost but for the most part i really enjoyed this! the colors especially were gorgeous and of course i loved the issue told from the pov of lucky the dashing and heroic pizza-dog!!
Lindsey Rey
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, graphic-novels
[4.5 Stars]
I will definitely be continuing this series!
Oliver Flores
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yeesh, there's already a new Hawkeye series out. Ha. Obviously I'm very late to the party here. I put a little extra mustard on this review:

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
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is what he does when he's not being an avenger. That's all you need to know

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
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"How he got started in comics: In 1983, when Fraction was 7 years old and growing up in Kansas City, Mo., he became fascinated by the U.S. invasion of Grenada and created his own newspaper to explain the event. "I've always been story-driven, telling stories with pictures and words," he said.

Education and first job: Fraction never graduated from college. He stopped half a semester short of an art

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