Sunday, August 24, 2014

Recently Read: Hawkeye: My Life As a Weapon

Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon is a mostly fun read. Matt Fraction gives the arrow expert his own espionage adventures, frequently teamed with a female Hawkeye from the Young Avengers series.

The first several issues reprinted here are drawn by David Aja, who uses a nice, retro Alex Toth-by-way-of David Mazzuchelli style. The next few chapters are also nicely drawn by Javier Pulido, using more of a Jaime Hernandez style, mixed with the recent, less Kirbyesque Tom Scioli. The old school styles Aja and Pulido use fit the fun spirit of the book, as does colorist Matt Hollingsworth, who uses digital coloring to compliment and not define the art. (The last story reprinted is drawn by Alan Davis, who appears to have not ever seen a Neal Adams comic he didn't like.)

Fraction's stories are filled with action, quips and cracks and are quite entertaining when they're not annoying; hearing villains say "bro" a couple times is mildly entertaining, but very annoying when they've said it a hundred times. The same goes with Hawkeye's "This looks bad" narrations. These aren't like '70s sitcoms that need a catchphrase by corporate decree. Or are they?

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