writer: Jeff Lemire / artist: Ramon Perez, Ian Herring / Marvel Comics
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Aiight, well, let’s continue on with All-New Hawkeye #2 folks, as we venture a little deeper into the legend building of Hawkeye, specifically Clint Barton’s moniker. Like the previous issue, the book pretty evenly splits its time between the Hawkeye Duo uncovering the secrets of the facility they’ve infiltrated and the past when Clint and Barney were facing challenges with a foster family. Through two issues I find the book is good, but with some issues that could become larger as the series goes on, which have nothing to do with the previous iterations.
The story of Clint and Barney is a little more interesting than the standard action comic book fare that the fighting Hawkeyes offer in the present. Clint and Barney have run off to the carnival and are immediately defended and embraced, because, ya know… it’s the carnival. Some things were done nicely, like seeing someone for the carnival clearly providing inspiration for Hawyeke’s costume. And some things were way on the nose like how he gets the nickname Hawkeye. The book is good and worth the read, but there are some things holding it back from being truly engaging.
The other challenge is that this is pumped as a book that is equal parts Clint and Kate, but with half the book devoted to Clint’s background, it doesn’t feel that way. There’s still time for them to do a similar effect with Kate as this book develops, but this is still the Clint Barton show as it currently stands.
The art is be designed very different throughout the book depending on the time frame the creators are portraying. The flashbacks of Clint and Barney are effective, but sometimes the colors possibly wash too much, to the point where it becomes less nostalgic and more… messy, for lack of a better term.
All-New Hawkeye is still a decent read with a cool story taking place in the present time frame, but there are a few things holding it back from being a great read. But nothing about the book is broken and it still has the potential to be something special.