Comic Review: Hawkeye #5

Writer: Matt Fraction

Artist: Javier Pulido

Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth

Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos

Cover: David Aja

Publisher: Marvel

Release: December 05, 2012

Type: Ongoing

Writing Score: 5 out of 5

Art Score: 3.5  out of 5

Cover Score: 5 out of 5

Hawkeye #5 Cover

Recommendation: A Must Read

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review:

No Spoilers

SO GOOD. GO READ NOW. The art continued with it’s weird moments but I enjoyed the conclusion of this story arc a lot. I’ve also enjoyed the depiction of strong women in this issue.

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With Spoilers

So this is the conclusion to the 2 parter story arc that started in issue 4 and it begins with Clint Barton crashing through the window while tied to a chair. On the second page, it goes on to explain why that is the case moments before which I thought was a great storytelling device. We then cut to Kate who has watched the tape and we get to see her initial reaction of it (the same reaction I had with Man of Steel. Yup. Had to sneak that comment in there).

Hawkeye #5 - 1

Thanks to Clint’s jumping out of the window moment, Kate is outed as an impostor. Meanwhile, Clint is saved from being a human pancake by Maria Hill and this really made me happy because it gave her a moment to be her bad ass self.

Hawkeye #5 - 3

Kate is threatened by the real Madame Masque for what she did to her (human ash tray was her idea of torture. ouch) while dragging her into a room filled with villains. Don’t worry though because Clint is here for the rescue with a page dedicated to the pull and release of his arrow. I love that they’ve dedicated a page to do this especially given that we haven’t seen the use of arrows much in this or in the last issue.

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My favourite panel happens 2 pages later and it encompasses everything about Clint and Kate as a team.

Hawkeye #5 - 4

Clint and Kate fight their way out but then hightail it back to find the tape. That’s when the serious discussion of what was on the tape is had. Kate says that Clint told her he’s never killed anyone and he says he didn’t. She disagrees but he says that he never said that because that would be lying. Then this panel follows:

Hawkeye #5 - 5

Nope. No comments here. This speaks for itself.

So Clint and Kate have a nice moment as they walk to the elevator but then they’re met with a crazy Madame Masque who shoots at them. The way this panel is structured is awesome with the gun and the bullet’s trajectory informing the sections created. Love the choice of red outside of the cut itself to mimic blood that inevitably results from firing it. Just. So. Good.

Hawkeye #5 - 6

There are a lot of great panel decisions in this issue but I don’t think I’ll plaster this post with them all. The issue ends with Hawkeye, Director Fury and Marie Hill to explain to Kate that the tape was a fake and that this was all to flush out a mole and to protect the identities of the Navy Seals who did kill the terrorist in question. It was a great story because we saw growth/depth in the relationship between Kate and Clint but also a different form of being a hero from Clint.

A. A. Omer

I’ve grown up with the comic book characters we all know and love but I finally got into comics with the launch of DC’s NEW 52 in 2011. These opinions are mine and mine alone…unless, you know, you agree which will then mean it’s OUR opinion but disagreeing is totally fine too. Ratings may lay heavily on writing and plot rather than art since I’m not an art expert.

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