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Review: Hawkeye Freefall #2

Hawkeye Freefall #2

Huh, didn’t expect that ending at all. Hawkeye Freefall #2 brings the surprises, the laughs, and the action as the question of who Ronin is swirls.

Writer Matthew Rosenberg delivers a fantastic issue that is a worthy successor of the beloved Hawkeye comics over recent years.

Someone’s running around in Clint Barton’s old Ronin costume as Barton deals with being “the worst Avenger.” He does what he does best which is stumble at trying to good. He attends a charity event to impress his girlfriend. He fights a d-list villain and has trouble doing so. Through it all, the expected charm is all there and it’s hard to dislike Barton. He’s a jerk and at times an idiot. But, he’s our jerk and idiot.

What Rosenberg does really well is deliver laughs and pacing that puts a smile on the reader’s face. There’s a charm about it all. Though in reality, Barton’s an ass. He attempts to do the right thing though goes about it the wrong way. His heart is generally in the right place. He also delivers the witty one-liners and internal monologue so many wish we had. Rosenberg is able to give us the character interactions that are hard to not enjoy on a comedic level.

The art by Otto Schmidt is fantastic. The characters look solid but it’s the small details here. The suit Tony Stark wears to a charity event will keep you focused. Luke Cage’s shirt slowly being destroyed in battle is a sight gag that takes a bit to notice. It’s the little things here like body language that really makes the comic’s art shine.

Hawkeye Freefall #2 is a fantastic comic. There’s a fantastic mix of comedy and action. The former comes from some unexpected places like the Hood. The series is just a fun read that has you wanting to immediately read more. Then you get to the end of this issue and immediately want to go back and read it again.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Otto Schmidt Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review