Hawkeye is currently the only Marvel series I read consistently. Why? It’s frickin’ amazing! Since the first issue I’ve been hooked and excitedly crack open this book first each week its released. This time, we’re treated to a special issue focusing on both Hawkeyes (Clint and Kate) experiencing the effects of Hurricane Sandy. As someone who both lived through the hurricane, had many friends and family affected by it, and worked afterwards to help restore a local Connecticut town to normalcy, I felt this issue couldn’t be missed. Read on to find out what makes this comic special!
Hawkeye #7 tells stories about both Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, individuals both known as Hawkeye. Clint volunteers to help his friend Grills evacuate his aging father in Far Rockaway, but of course with the storm bearing down its going to take some quick thinking for everyone to escape unscathed. Meanwhile, Kate heads to an engagement party for a friend in Jersey, but is forced to venture out of the cut-off hotel in order to secure medicine for an ailing woman.
Matt Fraction delivers his fun and sardonic style well in this issue. There are numerous cute quips throughout the issue. Given the serious nature of the subject matter, there are fewer jokes than a usual installment of Hawkeye but this is for the best. Here, Fraction proves he can write well about difficult situations. My main gripe is that each story felt rushed, which is expected given that two stories are resolved in a single, 20 page comic format. I wish that Marvel gave Fraction an extra 8-10 pages to extend the stories, even if it raised the cover price.
Given Marvel’s desire to release this comic as soon as possible, standard series artist David Aja is off for the issue. Instead, we’re treated to the team of Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm. Both do great work depicting the signature style associated with the Hawkeye series. Their depiction of facial expressions is great. All of their shots involving rain and the damage caused by Sandy are moving and powerful as well. Even so, I feel like there were some panels that stood out with odd positions for characters’ bodies, while the art quality took a slight dip towards the second half of the comic. Colorist Matt Hollingsworth and letterer Chris Eliopoulos continue to do great work as they have for the previous 6 issues, helping to make this one feel connected to the Hawkguy-verse.
Hawkeye #7 is not the best issue in this new series, but it’s still pretty good. The writing is clever but treats the subject matter with dignity, while the art is fairly good throughout. If nothing else, you should buy this issue because Fraction is donating a portion of the profits to charities that help the victims of Hurricane Sandy (for those that don’t know, many people are still suffering even over 3 months later). The stories inside may not be gripping, but they sure are inspiring. Please, pick up this comic.
-great portrayal of the events of Hurricane Sandy
-fun bits of humor sprinkled throughout
-good art, especially the coloring
-stories seem a tad thin
-art quality drops in comic’s second half
Brett Simon is a twenty-three year old comic enthusiast. He doesn’t promise reading Hawkeye will change your life, but it probably will.