Comic Review: Hawkeye #6

Writer: Matt Fraction

Artist: David Aja

Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth

Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos

Cover: David Aja

Publisher: Marvel

Release: December 19, 2012

Type: Ongoing

Writing Score: 5 out of 5

Art Score: 4  out of 5

Cover Score: 4 out of 5

Hawkeye #6 Cover

Recommendation: A Must Read

Rating: 5 out of 5


No Spoilers

SO GOOD. GO READ NOW. David Aja is back as the interior artist so I’m liking the art and the panel work is phenomenal. It’s hard to believe they can out do themselves but Aja and Fraction have done it. The story’s structure for this one is really interesting and requires it’s readers to practice active reading which is a major plus. Why? Because this issue is told out of order and happens all within 6 nights (hence the title of the issue “Six Nights in the Life of…”).



With Spoilers

It’s six nights with Hawkeye this issue and it’s during the holidays! I debated if I should do the full spoiler-y review but then thought that I’d do a summary of it instead and just discuss the specific panel structures that I loved. As I’ve said before, readers spend 6 nights with Hawkeye out of order during the holidays and during these six nights, he finds himself with a few issues that only Hawkeye could get himself into. Being the nice person that I am, I’ll break it down by the days in order:

Thursday, December 13th, 2013

Hawkeye beats A.I.M with the help of Wolverine and Spider-Man. He decides to take a vacation from the superhero gig by watching Dog Cops.

Friday, December 14th, 2013

Clint gets a DVR from Grills to watch his Dog Cops at the neighbourhood roof gathering when Aimee brings to his attention that a bunch of thugs dressed in sweat suits are in front of the apartment building with bats. It doesn’t look good so Clint goes to investigate. They get into a fight where Clint shoots an arrow into a satellite dish and is ultimately beaten the shit out of. He’s then thrown into a van with a bag over his head.

Saturday, December 15th, 2013

Clint finds himself in a warehouse where he’s told how much he has screwed over the sweat pants crew in the last few issues (pretty sure they have an actual name but I can’t remember).They basically tell Clint to get lost before they come after everyone in his building. They return him to the apartment where he gets his neighbour, Aimee, to deliver a Christmas present to Kate. We’re getting the impression that he’s going to leave like the sweat pants crew told him to do. After time has past, Kate comes to Clint’s apartment to shout at him for wanting to leave and accuses him of being a chronic running away-er.

Sunday, December 16th, 2013

Clint decides to not run away.

Monday, December 17th, 2013

Clint decides to unpack and while unpacking he is interrupted by Simone, her kids and the cable guy (or is it satellite guy?). Apparently, Clint’s arrow is the cause of Simone’s satellite not working and the cable guy refuses to go out to fix it since it’s dangerous.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2013

Tony Stark (YAY!) comes over to give Clint a hand with untangling his DVR (it doesn’t go too well).

Wednesday, December 19th, 2013

Clint invites Simone and her kids to watch Christmas specials at his place.

It was an issue that once again created depth to the character of Hawkeye with the mentioning of his carnie, thieving past and his chronic running away-ing (totally a thing). It contrasted Kate’s view of being the good guy (standing up to the bad guys) and Clint’s (making sure people don’t get hurt even if it means running away from the bad guys). The brief exchange between Spider-Man and Wolverine did display how fluid the life of a superhero is with their normal life and that they’re not exclusive. Most importantly, you got to see more of an interaction with the neighbours who, by the way, know exactly who he is (Loved it when Grills called him “HawkGuy”).

The panel and overall page work of this issue is AH-mazing. Here are a few to demonstrate why:

Hawkeye #6 - 1

Love this. I enjoyed the puzzle like set up here where readers are thinking one thing but what’s actually going on is completely different. It’s showing a passage of time by having absent panels or squares.

Hawkeye #6 - 2

A great use of the page. As the characters discuss the DVR, the page is acting as one as well. I can’t express how much I love this.

Hawkeye #6 - 3

Throughout the issue, Aja uses this clock outside of the panels to show a passage of time.

Hawkeye #6 - 4

Hawkeye #6 - 5

I chose both of these panels because of the color scheme and use of shadows/lack of outlines to create striking images. Props to Aja and Hollingsworth.

Hawkeye #6 - 6

This was a very important panel. It’s the only time this entire issue where you have one panel/image that takes up the entire page. This is the moment that Clint decides to take Kate’s advice and stand his ground. What made this even more striking was the decision to not make it the last image readers see but instead making it the second last page.

Really love this issue. Job well done.

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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