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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Hawkeye Annual #1

July 25th, 2013 by Julz Hendricks Comments

Written by Matt Fraction

Art by Javier Pulido

Colors by Matt Hollingsworth

Published by Marvel Comics

If it’s one thing I love it is an annual, and this week Marvel gave us Hawkeye Annual #1. This story picks up at the end of Hawkeye #11 with Lucky, A.K.A Pizza Dog, leaving to go to Los Angeles with Kate. Clint jokes that “The West Coast totally needs a Hawkeye”, but Kate just knows that she can’t stay there with Clint shutting her out.

The panels are done beautifully. Of course, Pulido is no stranger to Hawkeye as he drew issues #4 & 5, the two-part arc “Tape”. I have to say that the color tones and snapshot-like panels are so warm and inviting, that it is like nothing else Marvel is putting out. My favorite is the little dialogue boxes with Kate’s head, showing us her thoughts.

We find out very quick that things are not looking to good for Kate, her credit card gets cut up and all of her belongings get stolen. She meets a mysterious woman, who Kate thinks is famous. The woman is oddly nice, but says something very familiar that makes Kate realize who she really is, no spoilers though. The arc that Pulido worked on introduces this woman. So pick up issues #4 and #5 if you missed them!

This story takes us on a fun ride. Not only do you get to see the beautiful Kate Bishop the whole issue, but it also gives us perspective on how she thinks and feels. She is a fighter, but has a good heart. She has never had a job her dad didn’t get her, but has worked hard her whole life. Just when you think you know her, she shows us a different side of herself.

In my opinion Hawkeye has been one of the best Marvel Titles. It’s more laid back than some of their other titles, and easy on the eyes. It tells stories about everyone that Clint cares about, even Pizza Dog, and who couldn’t use a little bit more Pizza Dog in their life! There is a reason that Hawkeye is up for Eisner’s and Harvey Awards. The fan base is growing, and the quality of the work speaks for itself. If you haven’t read any Hawkeye yet, you can always get the trade. Go treat yourself!

5 out of 5 nerds


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At the age of 23 this girl did something she wished would have happened a long time ago, she read her first comic. She now spends every waking moment making up for the missed time. She loves all things Doctor Who, and enjoys debates about who is the better Doctor (Matt Smith). You would have a hard time finding a bigger Powerpuff girls fan, and she isn't afraid to admit it. She spends most of her free time reading comics to her two kids or talking about how awesome Superman is with her husband. She is a huge Art Baltazar and Franco fan, and advocates the buying of all their stuff! She is one of the co-hosts to Panel 2 Panel and loves every second. Follow her on Twitter where she encourages the reading of Wolverine and Hawkeye @JulzHendricks