This November, Kate Bishop’s adventure continues! Marvel’s new miniseries, HAWKEYE: KATE BISHOP is a five-part series that follows Kate on a new adventure in a familiar place: back home to New York.
Following a stint in Los Angeles, HAWKEYE: KATE BISHOP picks up at a turning point in Kate’s life when she returns to New York after being convinced by many friends, and a few clues from the case she’s working, to come back to the East Coast. When Kate gets invited to a resort to solve a mysterious jewel heist, she sees it as a confidence-boost, a sign that she’s making the right decision and not going to backslide into her past. The case is perfect…and it’s almost definitely a trap.
That was... only ok. I appreciated it actually giving some closure/transition from WCA before going on its own romp. I was disappointed that the story wasn't heading towards a "Kate Bishop on a road trip back to NYC". I wonder how much of Kate's sisters we've seen before? I haven't read all of OG Young Avengers so maybe she's been mentioned before, or maybe I just forgot her. In any case, their relationship seems like the most interesting thing of this book so far, I look forward to seeing how that gets explored. The colors are very vivid, and I love the color of Kate's costume. It seems very inspired by the TV show version, not very like her comic one. I guess that's fine. Mostly though, I don't care for Kate's design in a general sense, they've made her really skinny and sharp, she normally has all these curves and circles in her costume and design but that's all gone. There are multiple panels where she's walking at the camera, that just showcase a bad look, with a weird big thigh gap and sharp shoulders, with long gangly arms, she looks like a bad cartoon network design. The cliffhanger at the end was so incredibly perfunctory too. I'll keep reading of course, because I love teh Hawkeyez, but its not a super promising start.
The premise for this arc is a great one: Kate is feeling ready to say goodbye to the West Coast and head back to New York, but is dragging her feet because she doesn't necessarily want to return to the person she was in NY. So she decides to take the long way home and RSVP to a mysterious invitation she's been sent and check out some strange going-on's a resort that seems to cater to the rich...including a member of her own family. Kate's voice and appearance do seem a bit off- a little too cartoonish and like the writer is trying too hard to make her "hip" or something. On the plus side, I'm super happy to see America and Cassie chatting with Kate and them all being friends. The pacing is solid, and already the story promises some classic Bishop intrigue and chaos- I'm eager to see where this goes!
I was able to grab the Phil Noto variant cover of this one.
This new Hawkeye series is focused upon Kate Bishop.
Kate is finally returning from the West Coast to start getting her life back together. She isn't especially keen to get back home to Manhattan, though, so she's taking the long way... and walking straight into what is almost certainly a trap. When Kate and Lucky arrive at the luxury spa they come across a surprising person from their life, and realize they might be in deeper water they they first expected.
This is a solid first issue, and it leaves plenty of room for improvement. The writing was tight, and the premise fun. The references to previous runs were much appreciated. The only part that was slightly lacking was the artwork, but it wasn't too annoying for me. I just wish everyone agreed on what breed of dog Lucky was for once.
After finishing the Hawkeye series on Disney+ I wanted to check out some of the latest comics with Kate Bishop as I really enjoyed her character. However I didn’t really connect with this first volume as I was hoping to. I’m not sure if it’s the art style, the writing or simply the story but I didn’t feel engaged. Plus it was so short that it was over as soon as it got interesting. We’ll see if things improve in the next volume.
**This is my review of the series as a whole. Spoiler free.
I think this series suffered from being limited to only 5 issues. There isn't time to explore Kate's motivations, instead of being shown how Kate has changed since leaving New York and why it is a big deal to her, we are just told so. Honestly, Kate's personality as a whole came off as incredibly bland in this run. I felt that she could have been replaced with any "generic ya protagonist" and nothing would have really changed. Really disappointing to see this happen to such a strong, unique character like Kate, especially as a longtime fan of hers.
"et tu, universe?" mmm kate using french phrases, et tu brutes? meme material
"first rule of super-heroingQ put your phone on silent when sneaking up on villains. dont text and fight, kids. i dont suppose you'll acceot the old i-got-lost-looking-for-the-bathroom excuse? get up . slowly." omg i literally saw this panel the other day and i instictevely picked this issue up, what a world also, yes kate, give us super hero advice
3rd"embrace your inner signature moves. or something ... like that." hell yea
4th "follow your insticts. (especially whne those insticts make for a great distraction from hard decisions.) *super hero mode* i love my firends, but they dont understand office hours. i guess you dont either." shes so relatable for that , meme material
"see, thats what they tell me. and ill tell you a secretQ theyre right." kate's voice: accurate
ha, theyre making things accessible, putting down the corner who america, cassie and clint are
"and it's not like i have to stay for johnny either. we're doing the whole 'we're better as friends' thing , and i think a little distance would do us both good." avoidant kate, shes so real for that, whats up girl tho
"i came to la because i needed a change. i changed. time to move on. time to go home. the problem is... i want to go back to new york. but i dont want to go back to the kate i was in new york. i know who i am here. i figured out who i can count on. it's not like im afraid or anything..." real fr!! shes afraid of smth tho innit
"have you considered a better hobby? knitting? stamp collenting? baking sourdough bread?" icon and fair point
"i like your idea of a detour. the long way home. make sure i dont forget myself between here and there. anyway, i needed this. good talk. thanks." miss girl- where did we gather this from? lmao love her long braid look<3
"i'll be fine. famous last words, bishop."
"besides, i hate goodbyes."
"shoulders straight. chin high. dont roll your eyes, kate. lets pretend i still know how to navigate this."
"my sister. my very estranged sister." plot plot plot twist yaaaalll
"you look ridiculous in that outfit. i wont be seen with you like this. i need a favor. i knew this was some sort of trap. i wouldve prefered super villains." lol and its her hawkeye costume
"and youre old enough to stop vying for dad's approval. it's pathetic." daaaamn
"i know we havent always seen eye to eye on things, but... thats one way to put it. what was it you said last time? im an embarrassment to the bishop name? for the forst time in a long timw, i feel like im doing something good. something that matters. you can do something that matters with the family. we'll donate money to a charity of your choice. host a fundraiser. something classier. with our family? you havent beed here to see how dad runs his business. i want nothing to do with that." kate-> sirius black vibes with her sister as reggie "fine. if you want to throw your life away pretending to be a hero, have it o=your way. but dont come crying to me when yiu fail. dont worry. i wont need your help ever again. [...] are you here on behalf of dad? no, never. then talk."
"not until i figure out where my dear sister falls on our family tree of super villains, half - vampires and super heroes. but she may have a point."
"fifth rule of super heroing: always run toward danger."
i like her arrow earrings<3
"but susan was right. there are strange things afoot as resort chapiteau."
"kate bishop, P.I. im on the case. do you want to continue with the experiment? proceed as planned. welcome to the circus, hawkeye." lol meme material aaaand of course we get the final panel with someone secretly as much as our hero knows at least, overlooking on a camera classic marvel move and the plot thickens
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Man, it has been a hot minute since we've been lucky enough to see Kate Bishop in a solo series, hasn't it? I'm still lamenting the loss of the West Coast Avengers (if you haven't read that series, please consider checking it out, it's a blast!).
Given the new Hawkeye series on Disney+, it makes sense that we're getting a new Kate Bishop series. And personally, I'm not going to complain! I could certainly use some more Kate Bishop in my life.
Kate is in the wind in Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1. Well, not literally, but pretty close. She's left the West Coast, but not knowing where 'home' lies, she's putting off heading in that direction. Thankfully, it seems there is a case or two that will help keep her distracted.
Granted, this case is totally a trap. But Kate knows that – she's a private investigator, not an idiot. She knows the sudden appearance of this character cannot mean anything good. The real question is, what are they up to?
Cards on the table: while I was super excited to hear about this new Kate Bishop miniseries, I was a little sad when I learned that Kelly Thompson wasn't the author behind it all. I've enjoyed her take on the character. However! I'm always willing to give new (to me) authors a try, and thus far, I've enjoyed what Marieke Nijkamp has to offer.
Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 is full to the brim of that classic Kate Bishop charm and sass. In other words, she's still willing to speak her mind – regardless of the situation. Hrm, I wonder where she got that from?
There are so many little moments to appreciate here, starting with a group chat between Kate, America, and Cassie and ending with family drama galore. There is something so very human about Kate's desperate need for a distraction while she figures out what to do next in her life. I think we've all been there, right?
Alongside all of that self-doubt/discovery and dozens of quips, one will find some action to appreciate. After all, Kate does have a talent for finding both trouble and bad guys. It once again strikes that perfect balance for Hawkeye.
Now, let's take a minute to talk about that artwork, shall we? Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 is a bold issue – partially due to the characters within and the artwork itself. The characters and colors pop, and overall there's a very cheery vibe from this series. In other words, it is perfect for a Hawkeye series, and I am here for it.
Enid Balam (pencils) and Oren Junior (inks) somehow fit so much visual information into a single issue. Each panel is an impressive feat, come to think of it. There are dozens of details for fans to appreciate, including a Gwenpool mug (is this a thing? If so, I need one ASAP).
Brittany Peer's colors help to set the tone for obvious reasons. I adore the brighter color palette here. It feels like a vacation to a warmer climate, when really it's just another adventure with Kate Bishop. Gotta love that warm feeling, though, right?
As for the letters, I can't help but feel like VC's Joe Caramagna had a little bit of fun here. To be fair, there's a lot to play with here. There's dialogue, chat windows, sound effects, signs, and other little surprises. It's a blast.
Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 is every bit the fantastical issue I had hoped for. It reminded me how much I love this character and how badly I need to go back and reread the rest of her series sometime. You know, as an act of self-care. But seriously, I am looking forward to the next issue of this series.
Kate Bishop is a fun character. I haven't watched the Disney+ series yet, but it's on my list. In the meantime, I picked this up at my local comic book store. I thought this was a fun series.
The issue opens with Kate taking down a wave of bad men at a dingy factory. As she returns to her office, she opens an invitation leading her to fly to New York with her puppy Lucky. As Kate gets there, she meets someone from her past As Kate arrives at the resort, she witnesses a kidnapping of a young girl. Kate gets involved in a sinister case at the resort.
First off, I love Kate's look. The purple long sleeve jumpsuit suits her character. She isn't sexualized and her outfit is actually functional. I like Marieke as the writer behind the series. I think there's a good premise here that leads to me wanting to continue on with the series.
I think the only thing I'm not a big fan of is the art. The art style isn't my favorite, but it's not going to deter me from reading.
If you liked anything written by kelly thompson in the previous series, prepare to be disappointed because every single thing is explained away in the first page. I tried to get through it because kate bishop has been my favorite character since she was introduced, but nothing stood out to me. One thing I liked so much about Thompson’s run was that bishop’s jokes landed, but none of Nijkamp’s did. Storyline didn’t fit in anywhere either. It felt like trying to be funny or goofy when the scene had no reason to be. Overall, this book just felt like and most likely WAS a cash grab from the show. x
Segundo intento de volver a reconducir la cabecera en solitario de Kate Bishop como la Hawkeye detectivesca. Nº de poner en situación al personal que se haya perdido las historias y aventuras "Vengadoras" de Kate de los últimos tiempos. Un caso que se presenta como poco interesante, pero que eso nunca ha sido impedimento para que las pistas terminen descubriendo una investigación en la que esperemos que esta Hawkeye a cargo de Marieke Nijkamp encuentre un mejor camino a recorrer que en su primera etapa.
More like a 3,5/5. The best element of this comic volume for sure is Kate's relationship with her sister. The art style is nicely done, although I do prefer Aja's art style in the Matt Fraction run a lot more. Other than that the story is sadly very predictable and dare I say generic. Not only has this bad guy plot been done many times before, but it's even been done in the Hawkeye comics before.
Still, it was an enjoyable read and I really appreciate the estranged sibling dynamic. Something I can relate to.
Dudes, you don’t want to know how excited I was when I saw this pop up on Marvel Unlimited. I absolutely love Kate and I’m really happy to have a new series following her. This was a very interesting start to the series. I’m not entirely sold on the art style yet, but I’m sure that will come. I’m also kind of sad that’s she’s moving away from L.A. as I absolutely adored the West Coast Avengers.
I don't know how I feel about this one. It was alright, and as a Kate fan I think he personality was decently portrayed in it, but it still has its faults. The breakup hurts a lot though, rip johnnykate I guess :( (And America's relationship. Rip to them too)
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