(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Otto Schmidt (L) Joe Sabino (CA) Kim Jacinto & Tamra Bonvillain Rated T+ In Shops: Feb 12, 2020 SRP: $3.99
• As things around him are getting more dangerous, Clint Barton is being pushed to make some tough, and probably really bad, decisions. • Meanwhile the mysterious new Ronin is waging war against The Hood and Hawkeye is caught in the middle of it. • The Web of lies our Friendly Neighborhood archer finds himself caught in will have Spectacular ramifications when he is confronted by our Amazing secret guest star… • (It’s Spider-Man. Shhh.)
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
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(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Otto Schmidt (CA) Kim Jacinto Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 29, 2020 SRP: $3.99
WHO THE %$&@ IS RONIN? The mystery surrounding the volatile new Ronin deepens as his actions begin to destabilize the seedy underbelly of New York City. Hawkeye finds himself caught in the middle of an increasingly dangerous turf war between Ronin and the Hood. Though Clint may not approve of Ronin’s methods, it’s hard to argue with his results. And pretty soon, he may need to choose a side that his allies in the Avengers won’t be happy about…
The world’s greatest marksman is back in another solo adventure! But so is the mysterious martial artist known as Ronin! Are the two one in the same? Look for clues in the Hawkeye: Freefall #1 trailer featuring Associate Editor Alanna Smith, and writer Matthew Rosenberg!
The Hood has returned to the streets of New York, aiming to restart his criminal enterprise. At the same time, a new fighter enters the fray using Clint Barton’s one-time identity of Ronin – leading his allies to believe it’s actually him moonlighting as the brutal vigilante. Are Hawkeye and Ronin truly at cross-purposes, or do they share a common enemy in upstart super villain Parker Robbins?
Hawkeye: Freefall #1 by Matthew Rosenberg and Otto Schmidt is available in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com!
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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(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Otto Schmidt (CA) Kim Jacinto Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 01, 2020 SRP: $3.99
When a mysterious and ruthless new Ronin starts tearing a destructive path through the city, suspicion immediately falls on Hawkeye, but Clint has more to worry about than who’s wearing his old costume. After a clash with the Hood ends badly, Hawkeye gives himself a new mission that will place him in the crosshairs of one of New York’s most dangerous villains. Hawkeye’s mission and Ronin’s secret plans will set them on a collision course that only one of them will walk away from. Fan favorite Clint Barton returns in a brand new series from Matthew Rosenberg (UNCANNY X-MEN, THE PUNISHER) and Otto Schmidt (Green Arrow).
Marvel has released its special edition of The Pull List, unveiling exclusive information for titles coming to comic shops this January! The episode recapped all the exciting news from New York Comic Con 2019 like Iron Man 2020 and Ravencroft as well as the new launches of Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars! In addition, The Pull List revealed never-before-seen titles: Hawkeye: Freefall, a brand new solo series by Matthew Rosenberg, and Tarot #1, an all-new adventure featuring the Avengers and Defenders by comic legends Alan Davis and Paul Renaud.
HAWKEYE: FREEFALL #1
Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG Art by OTTO SCHMIDT Cover by KIM JACINTO
HAWKEYE RETURNS IN A BRAND NEW SERIES!
When a mysterious and ruthless new Ronin starts tearing a destructive path through the city, suspicion immediately falls on Hawkeye, but Clint has more to worry about than who’s wearing his old costume. After a clash with the Hood ends badly, Hawkeye gives himself a new mission that will place him in the crosshairs of one of New York’s most dangerous villains.
Hawkeye’s mission and Ronin’s secret plans will set them on a collision course that only one of them will walk away from.
Written by ALAN DAVIS Art and Cover by PAUL RENAUD
An all-new epic adventure teaming the classic Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with Marvel’s premiere Non-Team by Alan Davis and Paul Renaud!
A strange and impossible lost memory from his days in World War II draws Namor the Sub-Mariner to his one-time compatriot Captain America—but the two heroes and their respective allies find themselves pulled into a labyrinth of pain, destruction and madness courtesy of the Infernal Ichor of Ish’lzog!
IRON MAN 2020 #1
Written by DAN SLOTT & CHRISTOS GAGE Art and Cover by PETE WOODS
In IRON MAN 2020, the future has arrived, and Artificial Intelligences present a clear and present danger to humanity and must be brought to heel! As the Robot Rebellion battles for the establishment of robot rights, someone new will don the Iron Man suit: Arno Stark, the long-lost brother of Tony Stark.
But Arno Stark won’t be alone: War Machine, Rescue, Ironheart will all have roles to play in the new series. The Robot Rebellion will also feature some familiar robots from the Marvel Universe including Machine Man AKA Aaron Stack, Jocasta, the Vision, Albert (the robotic Wolverine character), Elsie-Dee, Machinesmith, Nick Fury LMDs, Death’s Head, the Mad Thinker and his Awesome Android, Quasimodo, H.E.R.B.I.E., the Dreadnaughts, Brynocki, Alkhema, and M-11.
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by ANGEL UNZUETA Cover by KYLE HOTZ
After the hellish horrors of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the Ravencroft Institute has received a much-needed facelift and is open for business with a new staff, including JOHN JAMESON, looking to atone for the part he played in ABSOLUTE CARNAGE. But will Ravencroft return the mentally unstable villains of the Marvel Universe to upstanding citizens and give John the redemption he’s looking for, or will they fall prey to the hospital’s seemingly sinister nature?
RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: CARNAGE #1
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by GUIU VILLANOVA Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
In the aftermath of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the Marvel Universe still needs a place to treat and rehabilitate the criminally insane, and efforts to reconstruct RAVENCROFT are well underway. But Ravencroft is no ordinary facility, and untold secrets may yet be waiting to be unearthed in the destruction Carnage left after his attack on the facility.
RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: SABRETOOTH #1
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by GUILLERMO SANNA Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
The history of the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane has been shrouded in mystery for years. NO LONGER! In the wake of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the facility’s past has started to unravel, and in doing so has revealed hidden chapters in the lives of some of the Marvel Universe’s most recognizable heroes and villains!
RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: DRACULA #1
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by STEFANO LANDINI Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
To the men and women of the Marvel Universe, Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane appeared to be a hospital devoted to the rehabilitation of society’s most violent offenders. But appearances can be deceptive, and—as Captain America learned the hard way—some secrets have teeth.
Written by DONNY CATES Art by NIC KLEIN Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
The prince is now a king. All Asgard lies before Thor, the God of Thunder. And after many months of war, the Ten Realms are finally at peace. But the skies above the Realm Eternal are never clear for long… The Black Winter is coming. And the God of the Storm will be powerless before it.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1
Written by AL EWING Art and Cover by JUANN CABAL
Once, the Guardians of the Galaxy were a team of misfits. Now they’re a family, and they’ve earned their peace. But the universe is not a peaceful place — and it’s only getting worse. The Great Empires are in turmoil. The rule of law is dead. And amidst the chaos, the Gods of Olympus have returned — harbingers of a new age of war, reborn to burn their mark on the stars themselves. Someone has to guard the galaxy — but who will accept the mission? And will they survive it?
STAR WARS #1
Written by CHARLES SOULE Art by JESÚS SAIZ Cover by R.B. SILVA
In the wake of The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his noble Jedi lineage.
Now, after narrowly escaping the Dark Lord’s clutches, wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke joins Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 to fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance. But what Leia, Luke, and their ragtag band of freedom fighters don’t realize…is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!
The greatest space adventure of all time continues this January!
In anticipation of VENOM ISLAND arriving in December, set your sights on these variant covers featuring the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Captain Marvel battling their way through the symbiote-infested island.
X-MEN #3 VENOM ISLAND VARIANT by MIKE MCKONE
EXCALIBUR #3 VENOM ISLAND VARIANT by KOI PHAM
EXCALIBUR #4 VENOM ISLAND VARIANT by KAEL NGU
FANTASTIC FOUR #17 VENOM ISLAND VARIANT by CARLOS GOMEZ
CAPTAIN MARVEL #13 VENOM ISLAND VARIANT by JOSHUA CASSARA
And be on the lookout for these other Venom Island variant covers in December featuring more of your favorite Marvel heroes!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #36 by DECLAN SHALVEY BLACK CAT #7 by OTTO SCHMIDT MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN# 13 by EDWARD PETROVICH VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER 6 by ANNA RUD
(W) Sam Humphries (A) Otto Schmidt (CA) Frank Cho In Shops: Aug 07, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Harley’s tried everything to avoid Lex Luthor and his stupid “Offer”-she’s destroyed half a dozen of Lex’s drones, she’s changed her name, her cell phone number-she even faked her own death! Why won’t this bald, pasty-faced weirdo take no for an answer? Harley Quinn takes on the crossover event of the summer in this comic-within-a-comic take on “DC’s Year of the Villain”!
(W) Sam Humphries (A) Otto Schmidt (CA) Frank Cho In Shops: Jul 03, 2019 SRP: $4.99
The final trials of Harley Quinn have begun…and the stakes have never been higher! Will Harley succeed in becoming the Angel of Retribution? Or will she fall short, only to suffer the same fate as all those before her? Plus, a mysterious new comic by M. Clatterbuck appears…in which Lex Luthor makes Harley an exciting offer!