All New Hawkeye #1
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you; the first issue of the new relaunch of Hawkeye has shipped BEFORE the previous series has ended (Matt Fraction and David Aja’s series is delayed? shocking!). Despite this, Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez’ All-New Hawkeye requires little to no knowledge of the run that came before it, and is an absolute blast to read.
Fans of early issues of Hawkeye like “The Tape” will be extremely happy with this issue, which finds Hawkeyes Clint Barton and Kate Bishop on a special mission for SHIELD. As they work their way through an army of nameless Hydra goons, we’re also treated to flashbacks of Clint’s childhood with his brother Barney. Jeff Lemire’s script does an incredible job in both instances, and both Clint and Kate sound like the characters you fell in love with at the beginning of the previous Hawkeye run.
Ramon Perez’s art is, simply put, pretty spectacular. The present day segments of the story are drawn in a way that’s similar to David Aja’s style, but it still has Perez’ fingerprints on it. Perez draws the action sequences beautifully, and does a stellar job of showcasing the different quirks and facial expressions that Clint and Kate have. His flashback scenes are the real highlight, however. There’s a beautiful dream like quality to them, but when the reality of Clint and Barney’s situation hits, we feel it as well because of how well Perez depicts it.
I’ll be the first to admit that Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye was starting to wear thin on me. After the gimmick issues and constant delays, I was all but done with “Hawkguy”. But sometimes, a character needs a fresh take, and it seems like ol’ Clint’s getting it with Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez. If you’ve been annoyed with Hawkeye’s previous run, you should definitely pick this up. If you’ve loved Hawkeye’s previous run, you should ALSO pick this up. While it’s annoying that Hawkeye is getting a relaunch, the quality of this issue more than makes up for it.
Now let’s just hope that this too doesn’t get hit with massive delays.