Comic Review: Hawkeye #8

Writer: Matt Fraction

Artist: David Aja featuring Annie Wu

Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth

Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos

Cover: David Aja

Hawkeye #8 Cover

Publisher: Marvel

Release: February 27, 2013

Type: Ongoing

Writing Score: 4 out of 5

Art Score: 5 out of 5

Cover Score: 5 out of 5

Recommendation: A Must Read

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review:

No Spoilers

SO GOOD. GO READ NOW. The art is great as alway by David Aja but with the added bonus of Annie Wu giving us some gorgeous pages inspired by old pulp comic covers. The story is great with appearances from Natasha (aka Black Widow), Bobbi (aka Mockingjay) and Jessica (aka Spider-Woman). This issue, however, is all about Matt Hollingsworth because the colouring in this is amazing.

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With Spoilers

Our friend Penny is back with baggage and it doesn’t help that she kisses our guy, Clint, in front of Black Widow, Mockingjay and Spider-Woman (aka Clint’s current girlfriend). Penny asks for help with getting into a safe that could save her life and Clint agrees. Never mind that he’s planning on stealing a safe but he’s specifically stealing a safe from the sweat suit gang. This feels wrong and guess what? It is! Clint gets arrested, gets out (Tony wasn’t too happy) and finds that the comics that Penny sent him were in a particular order of the safe’s combination and, since Clint read them, are now out of order. The safe now becomes useless and Penny bails. The last two pages are of villains including King Pin and the leader of the sweat suit gang discussing the demise of Hawkeye because, frankly, he’s gotten to be more annoying for the villains outside of the Avengers. That’s it. They’re sending out a hit on Hawkeye.

The story is great but I feel like the art was the real star this issue. David Aja is awesome as usual. Annie Wu has drawn some pages that are giving a nod to the old pulp comics and they. are. amazing. They can be found throughout the comic.

Hawkeye #8 - 1

 

The other star of the issue is Matt Hollingsworth. This isn’t the first time he’s done the color for this comic (he’s been on this book since the beginning actually) but, mostly because I’m ignorant when it comes to art, I’ve really noticed the colouring in this issue. The reason why it stood out for me so much might have to do with the pages being of generally the same color (like purple in the one right below both the apartment and Clint) and then having certain characters/pieces stand out in another color (in the one right below, it would be Penny who’s primarily in red and even Lucky who’s just brown). The same can be said for the rest.

Hawkeye #8 - 2

 

Hawkeye #8 - 3

 

Hawkeye #8 - 4

 

The page below is the return to the use of shadows and/or lack of outlines to create the figures. LOVE. We saw this in issue 6.

 

Screen Shot 2013-06-23 at 6.16.28 PM

 

In the page that follows after the page above, there’s a panel where the character is drawn/coloured in this negative effect which you can see below in the middle. I’m not sure how much of this is the artist’s direction or if it’s something the colorist decides (again, let me know in the comments which it is if you know!) but it works.

Screen Shot 2013-06-23 at 6.51.12 PM

 

Erm…that’s it.

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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