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