Review: Hawkeye Freefall #1

Hawkeye Freefall #1

It’s a tough act to follow Matt Fraction and David Aja’s beloved run on Hawkeye. Hawkeye Freefall #1 has the unenviable task of being that series. It also succeeds in numerous ways the most realizing it isn’t Fraction and Aja.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Hawkeye Freefall #1 has Clint Barton doing his thing. Someone else has donned his old Ronin costume and fingers are pointing at Clint. But up to that part the comic is peppered with humor and the moments we’ve come to love involving Barton.

Rosenberg delivers a solid start of a series with some action, humor, and moments that get you to take pause and think. There’s dust-ups with modern classic villains and an exploration of what happens after they get arrested. Most importantly it has Clint Barton being Clint Barton. We get a sense of where he’s at and why he’s the dick we can’t help but like. It delivers a lot that’s know but like a nice pair of slippers, comfortable and familiar.

But, the comic is smart. Rosenberg brings his own voice to the comic while at the same time recognizing individuals may come to this expecting Fraction/Aja redux. There’s a familiarity without being a copy. You can tell the team has thought through what worked so well before.

That extends to the art by Otto Schmidt. Joined by letterer Joe Sabino the art too has similar beats at times with Aja without trying to copy what was done before. Schmidt brings his excellent individual style to it all. He delivers a visual pacing whose jokes are as much “physical” at times as they are part of the dialogue.

Hawkeye Freefall #1 feels like the start to a worthy successor of the beloved Hawkeye series. It has it’s own style and voice while also paying tribute in some ways to what worked so well. Hawkeye fans should be very pleased with this one.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Otto Schmidt Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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