Writer: Kelly Thompson / Artist: Michael Walsh / Marvel Comics
Y’all are going to give Kelly Thompson the respect she earned for putting Kate Bishop on the map. Y’all going to give Michael Walsh the respect he earned for drawing your girl with all the snark, action, and quirks that you love. Y’all gonna give Jordie Bellaire a fucking Bob Ross award for having the color looking amazing in this series. Yo, why am I even doing this review right now? Don’t you know I’ma tell you this shit is flames and that if you aren’t up on it, you’re missing the Lord’s work? Don’t you know that by now? Yes? No? Whatever let’s get into it again.
Jessica Jones and Kate Bishop are back at Hawkeye Investigations going over the leads and blurry photographed clues they have. A connection between Brad and Dahlia is still being worked out but a lead is worked out with a little help from Kate Bishop’s friends. The banter between Jones and Bishop is still the stuff of comedic gold. Thompson has these two characters that are totally different sides of the same coin playing off one another in perfect unison, even while dealing with the threat at hand. The humor doesn’t lose pace once the action comes into play as Dahlia’s secret gets revealed and asshat Brad needs his dumb shirt wearing behind saved.
Walsh comes through with the action this issue, having both Kate and Jessica shining. It’s the end of the big battle where Walsh really captures the essence of each character’s core. I’ve never seen a more “Really, I gotta deal with this shit?” looking Jessica Jones than at the end of this book. An artist that can capture mannerisms perfectly is hard to come by and Walsh does the damn thing. Walsh’s stlye is different from Romero’s in detail but comes through with a street-level grit that really gets the book feeling down to earth and gritty.
I love this series, man. What do you want me to say? Hawkeye is the book you read last because you know it’s going on New Comic Book Day because you know it’s going to be clutch. I don’t know how much realer you want it to be than Kate Bishop out here living her best life in a series you need on your pull list. ASAP. Muh fuckas out here saying Women and Black / POC / Diversity ain’t cutting it in these panels? Thwwps *sucks teeth* they lyiiiiin’.
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