ALL-NEW HAWKEYE #1 Hits The Mark – Comic Review
Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Decsender) makes his Marvel debut with All–New Hawkeye. Lemire along with artists Ramon Perez (who is also co-writer) and Ian Herring take on Clint Barton, Kate Bishop, and Barney Barton with all new adventures. I know most people love the series that came from Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Annie Wu and worried where this new series will go. I have to say from this first issue, you have nothing to worry about.
I am a huge Hawkeye fan and absolutely love the series by Fraction and team. Just like every fan who loved the series, I was sad to hear it was ending but Marvel announced that a new creative team was taking over! I was excited to see the story of my two favorite archers continue but scared of what changes may happen to them.
Lemire starts off the book with a flashback of a younger Clint and his older brother Barney, giving you a glimpse of their not so great childhood. They both run off to play, Barney picks on him, and they just spend time together. Ramon and Perez’s art for the flashback is done with the use of a simple colors palettes – pinks, purples, and white all in a watercolor style.
In the present it jumps right into Hawkeye and Hawkeye fighting HYDRA agents on a “extra-stupid, extra-secret mission” in Antarctica as a favor for Maria Hill. Lemire keeps that wonderful banter and relationship between Clint and Kate that fans love. The colors in the present storyline are more solid and darker then used during the flashback.
This is the way a first issue is set up. You are getting two stories for the price of one. Both flashback and present storylines are woven perfectly and with the art style changing between the mini stories, it does nothing to deter you from it. There is a sense of a mirror, if you will, between Clint and his brother, the way he looked up to him and how he was protected by him and between Clint and Kate, his protege.
Even though there is one more issue left in Fraction and Aja’s Haweye run, Lemire, Perez, and Herring’s is off to a great start and I am excited for more.
All-New Hawkeye #1
Published by Marvel Comics
Written by Jeff Lemire & Ramon Perez
Colors by Ian Herring with Ramon Perez
Lettering by VC’s Joe Sabino