Review of Hawkeye vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction

I don’t read the other Avengers comics—or many comics at all anymore, sadly—but I’m trying to read more and Hawkeye came highly recommended. It was largely against those expectations that my hopes were dashed.

Hawkeye vol 1

Hawkeye vol. 1 follows the eponymous hero (Clint Barton and, less often, the other Hawkeye Kate Bishop) in between the “real” adventures presumably covered in other comics. So we get a very beat up and very human hero having micro-adventures on a much more local scale. That was a description that really appealed to me. But it really is intended for readers of all those other comics, I think. It wound up coming off disjointed to a point that it really threw me off and sullied my enjoyment of the stories. There was too much going on I didn’t know about or understand.

I do love the art and the use of purple (with five alma maters that use purple in their school colors, though, I’m undeniably biased).

I won’t read the rest of the volumes in the 4-volume Fraction run, absent volume 4 picking up a Hugo nomination.

3/5 Stars.

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction).
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