Hakweye: My Life as a Weapon, vol. 1
By: Matt Fraction (writer), David Aja (illustrator), Javier Pulido (illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy
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 believe what is on The Tape! What is the Vagabond Code? Matt Fraction pens a Hawkeye thriller that spans the globe…and the darkest parts of Hawkeye’s mind. Barton and Bishop mean double the Hawkeye and double the trouble…and stealing from the rich never looked so good.
COLLECTING: Hawkeye 1-5, Young Avengers Presents 6
I’ve heard sooooooooooooo many good things about this comic from the Marvel Now! series; the first issue is in its fifth printing, which is crazy awesome. So I was pretty thrilled when my copy of the trade finally shipped. I meant to pace myself with this trade and savour the story, but what the heck, I ended up reading the whole thing last night.
All those quotes on the cover talking about how great and interesting the series is? Absolutely true! This first volume contains missions and scenarios that Hawkeye partakes in whenever he’s not working with the Avengers, which is great because the reader gets a glimpse of what Hawkeye’s everyday life is (which is, suffice to say, pretty crazy too). I’m not as familiar with his backstory as I am with the big three but the narrative does touch on it a little and the stories work as a way to re-acquaint readers with his character.
There’s not a dull moment with the arrow shooter extraordinaire, facing off with shady baddies and thrilling chase & action sequences. It’s also pretty darn funny, whether he’s shooting quips (no pun intended) with ex-Young Avengers Kate Bishop (their friendship and interaction is a joy to read here) or…well, you’d have to read the third story in the comic to find out ^_~
My only minor issue about this comic is that there is a switch of illustrators for the last two chapters of the comic (“The Tape” parts 1 and 2). Javier Pulido’s illustrations follow some of the basic designs laid out from the first three chapters but I much prefer David Aja’s artwork, there’s something about it that just totally fits with Hawkeye’s story; minimalist but rough and artsy at the same time (if that makes sense). I guess my sense of continuity is bothered by the switch more than anything, I should expect this sort of thing by now.
Overall, Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon is an awesome start to Hawkeye’s feature in the Marvel Now! series and just something to read for yourself to understand the sheer awesomeness of it. If you’re a Marvel fan or a fan of the movie franchise, this is definitely worth checking out.