Review: Old Man Hawkeye #1

The super heroes have fallen. The country has been divided into territories controlled by super villains. Among the wastelands lives Clint Barton – one of the few Avengers to survive. But it’s been 45 years, and he’s no Avenger. Trying to eke out a living anyway he can, the former Hawkeye is confronted with a startling discovery: the sharpshooter is going blind. With time running short, Clint realizes there’s one last thing he wants to see: revenge for his fallen comrades-in-arms.

Lets just say it, Old Man Logan is a modern classic comic storyline. It’s loved enough to not only have inspired Logan the film, but also brought “Old Man Logan” to the modern Marvel Universe to star in his own comic and then co-star in quite a few others. So, going into Old Man Hawkeye #1 I expected a copy that paled in comparison to the original. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the end.

Writer Ethan Sacks has to know that whatever was created would be compared to the original and this debut seems to reflect that. It works off of what we know about the character, at some point he went blind after the fall of the heroes and generally is a screw up that was considered a joke. Now, with his vision in tack but failing, he’s getting ready to seek revenge and make up for his mistakes. In other words, Sacks is keeping the Western genre and not messing with the formula too much. Much like the original, this spin-off too is a revenge story.

The art by Marco Checchetto is fantastic with the feel of the original’s. There’s that dirty grittiness to it all. And, the art tells a massive part of the story with every detail enhancing the world. This is one where you linger on the art to find out more about the surroundings and how these people live.

I expected the worst and walked out with a first issue that’s beyond impressive and fun in many ways. By sticking to the original formula Sacks and Checchetto have found themselves a winner in many ways. Can’t wait to see where this goes and what they have in store for us.

Story: Ethan Sacks Art: Marco Checchetto
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review