Hawkeye: My Life As A Weapon by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido

16002136If you like comics, you should come to Danville Public Library’s Comic Con Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m.

This is a collection of the first 5 issues of Hawkeye, with a bonus issue of Young Avengers thrown in for good measure. I confess that I know these characters primarily from Marvel movies. I really enjoyed this book. There were times that the speed of the action and the story was so fast that I felt like I was just bouncing from fight to fight and not really learning anything about the characters. I think that may just be characteristic of the medium though. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case throughout. Issues 4 and 5 are two parts of a longer story, which gave a little more breathing room for the audience to learn a bit more about Clint and Kate. BTW, I love Kate. She kicks butt. I dig that they keep the purple theme going throughout: Clint’s always wearing some purple. Always. Little things like that make me smile.

This brings me to the bonus issue of Young Avengers #6 (also written by Matt Fraction), which introduces Kate as Hawkeye. This seems to take place in a different time from the Hawkeye comic, in that Clint is now Ronin and they talk of Captain America as though he has passed. Bonus points for the Mythbusters reference in Young Avengers #6. Also, we see the home base of the older Avenger crew and Spiderman is hanging upside-down playing video games. All the others there are in street clothes; he’s the only one still in costume (or would that be uniform?) Because why wouldn’t he stay in costume so that he could hang upside down to play video games. Duh!

Comics Hawkeye is far superior to Movie Hawkeye. This is a true fact and I will brook no arguments. Read this and all the others by Fraction and you will understand why.

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