Hawkeye has been a great book straight from issue one and this issue closes its two-part arc, “The Tape.” To recap, the tape is a hot piece of evidence connecting S.H.E.I.L.D., Clint, the Avengers, and the U.S. Government to a conspiracy and political assassination. If the tape falls into the wrong hands, everything goes out the window. Good thing it’s up for bidding to King Pin, Madame Mask, and Hydra, right? Enter Clint Barton and Kate Bishop a.k.a. Hawkeye and Hawkeye.
As with issue 4, Javier Pulido is behind the helm for interior illustration and colored by Matt Hollingsworth. Though we do miss David Aja behind the wheel, Pulido’s style is quite refreshing and delivers an enjoyable look to the misadventures of Clint and Kate. I love how the scenes transition from fun and exciting to deep and serious with a drop of a hat, it gives the feeling that all the tension is just below the surface and building to a larger conflict.
Matt Fraction is all about building to that larger conflict, having already introduced Madame Mask and King Pin during the Vagabond Code story arc. I can’t wait to see which Hawkeye Madame Mask wants dead more and how King Pin will exact his pound of flesh in the coming stories. It’s not all doom and gloom though, I am enjoying the mentor/student relationship between Clint and Kate, and the very subtle traces of a romantic relationship budding in the mix.
An extra treat in the issue was the inclusion of Marcus Johnson a.k.a. Nick Fury, Jr. and his take on the new S.H.E.I.L.D. I’ve been a little curious about what was going on with Jr. and his inclusion in the primary Marvel universe, but I am happy with his vision for S.H.E.I.L.D. and want to see more.
Lastly, I want to mention Hawkeye #7. For those who don’t know, Matt Fraction will be giving his cut of the royalties to Hurricane Sandy relief forces. Below is the order code for the issue, the deadline is January 7th. Here’s a link to Fraction’s interview with MTV Geek discussing is donation and creation of the book.
Diamond code NOV120725