09 February 2014

Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

Hawkeye is kind of the random dude who hangs out with the Avengers.  He isn't a rich genius (Tony Stark/Iron Man), he's not a super-soldier (Captain America), he's not a god (Thor), or a green rage-machine (Hulk).  Nor is he a crazy-hot ex-Russian super-spy (Black Widow).  He's just got really good aim.  So he has to work out and keep up his skills without letting anyone know that ordinary Clint Barton is Hawkeye.

So Matt Fraction wrote a series of stories about Hawkeye, after being severely injured in a fall, trying to save his apartment building from the "tracksuit mafia" aka the Russian slumlords.  And, well, he's kind of a smartass and winds up needing saving by the other Hawkeye (of which I know little, being extremely deficient in Marvel world-lore), Kate Bishop. It was a hilarious story with fabulous art by David Aja.  Then there was a two-part arc involving a tape and a mission from Nick Fury/Maria Hill which had a different artist (Javier Pulido) that I didn't quite like as much.  It was fun, but definitely not has goofy as the first three stories.  The last story was a Young Avengers Presents story from when Kate Bishop is given the name Hawkeye by Cappy - it felt tacked on, especially to me who really doesn't have all the storylines figured out, but helps explain why there are two superheroes named Hawkeye.

Definitely looking forward to the next volume.

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