Hawkeye #1 Review – Matt Fraction and David Aja
Hawkeye #1 (2012) is great, just a thoroughly enjoyable read cover-to-cover, showing us the day-to-day life of an Avenger without superpowers. It’s not really a super hero book, but that’s the point. Clint Barton is just a guy trying to do some good in the world and a lot of problems.
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: David Aja
Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth
Hawkeye #1 from Matt Fraction is a re-introduction to Clint Barton. Oh, to be sure we are all familiar with Clint Barton – Marvel Comics’ Hawkeye (or if you’re not you can read up on him) – at this point, but Fraction asks the question, ‘What is it like to be an Avenger without super powers when you’re not hanging out with the Hulk or Captain America?’ When we catch up to Hawkeye, he’s being thrown from a building, and that is only the beginning of his troubles. Still, Barton’s troubles are a little less super and more ‘real world’ in Hawkeye #1. How do you pay the rent? What do you do when your landlord is driving up the rent on your neighbors (a colorful group of salt of the earth types)? Still, while Barton is always trying to do good, Fraction’s Hawkeye is an ‘ends justify the means’ kind of guy and he’s not above to using his fists to get the right result. What that results in is a book that feels real. The characters are well-developed and the writing is sharp. Fraction’s Barton in Hawkeye #1 is a fascinating character filled with nuance who is just trying to do some good in his little corner of the world when he’s not saving the rest of it.
Oh, and the art’s freakin’ gorgeous. David Aja’s art has style and it really resonates with me. I don’t know how to describe it except to say that it’s fantastic and matches the tone of Hawkeye #1 perfectly. It has a certain grittiness to it, somehow both minimalist and detailed at the same time. The coloring’s fantastic, too, and I’m not a guy to go on about coloring. It’s got a muted palette, all oranges, browns, and reds that further underscore that Clint Barton’s world in Hawkeye #1 is a dirty, street-level one, not one in four-colors.
So, in case you can’t tell, I’m a little taken with Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye #1. It’s well-written, well-drawn, well-colored, and really just an amazing all-around comic book. Hawkeye #1 is available for $2.99 right now at your local comic store or on Comixology and it’s the easiest of recommendations.