Review: All-New Hawkeye #1

All New Hawkeye #1Hawkeye and Hawkeye take aim at another season. But it’s not all straight as an arrow for Clint and Kate. A deep-seated rift that stretches across time, brings old man Clint and a wiser Kate back together as they chase down mistakes from their past.

One of the comics I’ve really been looking forward to with the All-New, All-Different Marvel relaunch was All-New Hawkeye. Written by Jeff Lemire with art by Ramon Perez, the team taking on Clint and Kate was exciting.

The art came out in the lead up, and we saw an old grizzled Clint and Kate (who you can’t really tell her age in the promo art). This had a lot of folks assuming we’d see an older Clint Barton post Secret Wars. The answer to that question is yes and no.

Lemire gives us two stories in this issue which takes place in the present where Clint and Kate’s relationship is fraying. It also picks up years down the road where the relationship has completely come undone. Totally unexpected for me, I felt really dragged in because I wanted to see why and how things went wrong. Lemire gives us an interesting hook that’s not being done elsewhere in comics (that I can think of). But his twist is great because I’d guess a lot of folks reading this issue are invested in these two characters. Presenting the story as he has, Lemire has played off of that to get us to want more. It’s like seeing two friends argue and you’re sad because you want them to be friends and make up.

Helped is the art by Perez which is top notch as expected. Ramon Perez’s art is a style I enjoy and works really well here, especially when presenting the older versions. It might seem weird to say, but the art feels right for the story.

The comic is a good start. It didn’t blow me away, but there’s more than enough here that I want to read the second issue and see where Lemire is going. Part of that “didn’t blow me away” is because Lemire is so good, I have higher standards for him (sorry!). Still, the comic is more than entertaining and makes us care about the characters within.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Ramon Perez
Story: 7.9 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read