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Hawkeye

Vol. 1, My Life as A Weapon
Fraction, Matt (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Hawkeye


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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. Matt Fraction pens a Hawkeye thriller that spans the globe and the darkest parts of Hawkeye's mind. Collecting: Hawkeye (2012) 1-5
Authors: Fraction, Matt
Title: Hawkeye
Vol. 1, My life as a weapon
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Marvel Comics,, 2013
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly col. ill. ;,26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Matt Fraction, writer ; David Aja, artist, #1-3 ; Javier Pulido, artist, #4-5 ; Matt Hollingswoth, color artist ; Chris Eliopoulos, letter
Notes: Contains material originally published in magazine form as Hawkeye #1-5 and Young Avengers Presents #6
ISBN: 0785165622
9780785165620
Branch Call Number: GN FRACTION 2013
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Report This Mar 22, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"This looks bad." You may be thinking that when you think of an graphic novel about an Avenger that we really don't get to know all that well but it is awesome. We're getting him here in 'not-Avenger' mode - none of the Avengers are here except two in very brief cameo appearances. This is all Hawkeye (both of them, Kate "Hawkeye" Bishop of Young Avengers is here too) and it's refreshing to see a perspective of a superhero who has no superpowers at all and has only recently (working for S.H.I.E.L.D has its perks) become rich. The dialogue is snappy and the art is is noir and gritty without obviously making it apparent if you follow me. All in all, Clint just seems like a normal kind of guy who happens to have a great skill set. An especially nice point for this is whenever someone speaks a different language instead of writing out the dialogue in that language he states what it is and that he doesn't understand it ("Sound like Russian? I dunno")

Report This Feb 20, 2014
  • bjamin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you like this do check out Fraction's Cassanova as well.

Report This Feb 17, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Few in comics attempt to bring their hero into reality, and fewer succeed in doing so. Where others have failed, Hawkeye is an unprecedented success. Clint has no superpowers, magic, nor genetically engineered strength, his only asset is his pure skill with marksmanship. Truly, he is a normal guy who takes the taxi, gets injured, and needs time to heal. Even the enemies he fights are normal criminals, those that plague the common people, with a few crime bosses here and there. This works for this realistic version, because Clint is neither the most intelligent nor strongest of heroes. His language too signals his common roots, speaking in a colloquial form. When someone speaks in another language, he states what that language is; a clever move on the authors part, who could have written it anyways, but instead chose to emphasize Clint's inability to arrange what comes out as garbled sounds to him. A pattern emerges as the plot progresses, with switches being made between past and present, keeping the action fast and dynamic. By starting at the point where "this looks bad", the audience becomes curious as to how this situation could come about, not to mention hinting at Hawkeye's act first, think last nature after it happens multiple times. The answer is inevitably given in the past, which is followed by the conclusion in the present once again. Kate is quite different from Clint, being much more level-headed, she usually saves him from the danger he has gotten himself into. This balance between his gun-ho approach and her careful planning adds greater variety to their crime-fighting. It will be interesting to see how the interactions between the two develop in later volumes. Everything done in this series is aimed at creating a realistic hero, even the art exchanges the "ideal" physical style used for superheroes with a more natural human body. Time is taken to demonstrate the process of firing a bow, and the concentration, and dedication required. As long as the author does not deviate from this formula in later volumes, Hawkeye will remain a stand out series, and eventually a classic favourite for fans.

Report This Feb 03, 2014
  • munkymunk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. Weeeeee is what I have to say. Weeeeeee. I'm not a fan of the added Y.A. comic at the end, It didnt really fit with the subtleties of and building in the main feature, But hey, This is comics, home of inconsistency.

Report This Oct 28, 2013
  • duane767 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Humourous, entertaining, and not the conventional Avengers book.

Report This Aug 20, 2013
  • Keogh rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the better titles Marvel is presently putting out; this volume collects the first few issues, with a one shot tie-in from the Young Avengers series. Matt Fraction is a hit and miss kind of writer; there are times he's the wrong writer for a book, and other times when he's just right. As with his work with Iron Man, his writing on Hawkeye is the latter. He's telling the story of both Hawkeyes, Clint Barton and his counterpart in the Young Avengers, Kate Bishop. It's a mentor-pupil kind of relationship, and Fraction gets that dynamic just right. The art by Aja and Pulido is spare but fits the story.

Report This Jul 14, 2013
  • Mark_Daly rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Surprising, surprisingly re-readable tales about the fan-favorite Avenger's life outside the superteam. Aja's precise, spare art meshes well with Fraction's trim dialogue. Much of the pleasure comes from Fraction's light touch in setting up the series' ensemble, themes, etc. while gesturing at Hawkeye's considerable backstory - often humorously, since it's become impossibly convoluted in the decades since the character's first appearance. Casual readers will barely notice, but the subtle references will gratify true fans.

Report This Jun 16, 2013
  • k3j0 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I went in with high expectations due to all the praise placed on this book. My rating may be unfair because disappoint. So take it with a bit of sea salt and chocolate.

Report This May 27, 2013
  • yttric rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best comic books to come out recently. It is part spy thriller and part downward spiral. Mat Fraction's story is amazing and David Aja's art work beautiful. It is a must for any comic book fan or anyone who is new to comic books.

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