This August writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja take the helm for the new ongoing HAWKEYE series, hot off the heels of the Avnegers blockbuster movie.
“It’s great,” asserts Fraction. “[David]’s even nuttier than where we left off, and I remain no bed of roses, so it’s been a blast so far. He’s just blowing the doors off the joint. He’s a monster. He’s the best.”
As to as why it took Earth’s Mightiest Marksman to bring them back together, Aja points to a longtime personal favoritism for the sarcastic bowman.
“Hawkeye was one my favorite characters when a kid,” he recalls. “One of first Marvel comics I read was AVENGERS #25, and I [fell] in love with [the] guy; he acted as real person, was a complete jerk, so I suppose I identified with him.”
For Fraction, the archer represents a challenge.
“Never had the chance to write a character like him, or to do a book like this before,” the writer divulges. “And I wanted to chronicle him in an ongoing series because it’d keep me from getting bored. Repetition bores me to death. I had this idea for how to do a book that wasn’t like anything else we’d seen him in before, wasn’t like anything I’d done before, and couldn’t stop thinking about.”
That idea hinges on how the Avenger lives his life when not around his numerous teammates and allies.
“HAWKEYE is more about what inspires Clint Barton,” Fraction explains, “We got Clint in AVENGERS, SECRET AVENGERS, and anywhere else at any given time—but we wanted HAWKEYE to be about what Clint does when he’s not at work, about what drives the guy.
“He’s got some stuff coming up in [Avengers Vs. X-Men] and afterwards he’s in a place where he’s gotta figure out what he’s doing with himself and why. What moves him, what’s meaningful for him.”
Similarly searching for purpose, Kate Bishop, former Young Avenger and the Marvel Universe’s other Hawkeye, will quickly fall in with her namesake.
“She’s his junior partner, his apprentice,” says Fraction. “It’s a very Avengers relationship—meaning Steed and Peel—and she’s as adrift as he is. What the hell are these two doing with their lives? Turns out, helping people is what they have to do to get through the night. In costume, in life, doesn’t matter. Good guys don’t punch a time card at 5:00.”
Asked to elaborate on who those villains might be, the writer opts to play things close to the vest.
“Some old classics, some new relevant street-level guys and maybe like the most wanted man in the world?”