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HAWKEYE #9
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• More ladies, more problems. Featuring: The Girlfriend, the Work-Wife and the Ex-Wife.

• Plus the tracksuits are back and aim to kill.

• Good luck, Hawkeye.

Story by Matt Fraction
Art by David Aja
Colors by Matt Hollingsworth
Letters by Chris Eliopoulos
Cover by David Aja

Price: $2.99
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  1. wangman31888 wangman31888 says:

    God I love these covers

  2. BCDX97 BCDX97 says:

    Last issue was the first I read of this. I thought it had fantastic style, but felt a little empty on the substance – I didn’t care about any of the characters. And I love Fraction on FF.

    • USPUNX USPUNX says:

      That issue did link back to an earlier one so I can understand why it felt a little hollow to you. I recommend the whole series as it has all been GREAT! Each one is pretty much a stand alone but little bits here and there link together and this issue was one of those cases. If you like Fraction I think you’ll probably like this series.

    • tittom tittom says:

      Yes, to be fair, last issue was the weakest. This title is excellent. I hope it gets its mojo back this month (not that it ever really left, either).

    • phess1 phess1 says:

      I think this is the best comic coming out of Marvel and I’m not that big on Fraction or Hawkeye. Read from issue one, it’s pretty much fantastic from that point going forward.

  3. Sinestroll Sinestroll says:

    Hawkeye, plus the varied personalities of past relationships, is going to be a lot of fun.

  4. daningotham daningotham says:

    Did this get delayed a month? When is #10 going to come out now? I need my fix!

    • KenOchalek KenOchalek says:

      Issue 8 came out on Feb 27th, so it’s been 6 weeks since the last issue. It doesn’t feel late, but I think this book has been subject to a new condition I’m personally noticing — the Non-Double Shipping Effect. Even though this book is still awesome, it does feel like we’re crawling along because I’m getting used to and really enjoying a bunch of books that ship twice a month.

    • daningotham daningotham says:

      Yeah, it’s not that big a deal. I just know it was supposed to be in my March shipment of comics and wasn’t in it. No Hawkeye at all. Thought it was strange. I would welcome any delays though if Aja could always be on the art duties.

    • USPUNX USPUNX says:

      I thought I read somewhere that the Sandy issue they did a couple months ago caused the slight delay.

    • daningotham daningotham says:

      Ah, that could be. Thanks.

    • flapjaxx flapjaxx says:

      Not only that but Hawkeye has been slipping in the schedule a bit. Aja can’t QUITE do a monthly. Issues 10 and 11 just got pushed back a week today. All in all, I think the quality is still quite high and am loving this.

  5. player1 player1 says:

    In for another three issues.

    No more monthlies by the end of the year.

  6. Pretty cool cover as always! Which one is your favorite? I still think issue 1 is supreme.

  7. jlemonaid jlemonaid says:

    Since Marvel was dumb and ended Rucka’s Punisher run, this is the book I look forward to the most every month. Which is weird because I never liked Punisher or Hawkeye before these two runs. Maybe it’s Hollingsworth…

  8. JML (@twitter.com/JoshMLabelle) says:

    I thought this issue was notable for its “just-okay-ness” only since every issue up til now has been so good. That said, I really respect what Fraction and Aja are doing with this title. I wouldn’t want every comic to be like Hawkeye (style-over-substance, single issue stories, driven by the art) but I wouldn’t mind if some more were.

  9. This style over substance approach is starting to wear thin, I may drop this book soon. This issue was meh, not bad but nowhere near great.

  10. conradf1970 conradf1970 says:

    Another awesome issue in the bag, one of Marvel’s best.

  11. JML (@twitter.com/JoshMLabelle) says:

    Has anybody else made it a ritual to read the issue, then reread with Fraction and Aja’s suggested soundtrack? The soundtrack always bring out the emotion of the book a bit more for me. The Billy Bragg-Wilco song made me read the Jessica–Clint section of the book in a very different way.

    • bub64882 bub64882 says:

      Yes! Love that song, and it made the breakup really heartbreaking. I was concerned that Fraction was just going to ignore the Spider-Woman thing that Bendis had setup. I’m relieved to see he hasn’t, and that there are consequences for Clint’s bed-hopping.

  12. zlbenson zlbenson says:

    This was one of my favorite issues of the series. I wonder if anyone has made Spotify playlists of the Aja/Fraction soundtracks… that sounds like something I could do on a lazy sunday.

  13. a.j.howard09 says:

    The style over substance criticism that some people are making seems kinda off target (groan). It seems to me like people are falling back on a cliche when they’re confronted with non-traditional storytelling. Just because it’s not handed to you in heavy exposition, doesn’t mean there’s anything there. Not knocking anything else out there, but there’s something to be said for lean and economical character study. Aja’s work is fantastic, but Fraction’s choices are what makes Hawkeye more than a boom that don’t look like anything else on the shelves (examples of which are fairly widespread) and a book that doesn’t feel like anything else, which is more rareified air.

  14. theWAC1 theWAC1 says:

    There is loads of substance in these comics, and as we are seeing, this isn’t as much a one-and-done comic as some folks make it out be. Fraction is telling a story here. An intriguing, grounded, funny, heart-felt, action-packed story about a “regular guy” making it in a world of Superheros. It’s all about his imperfections and his heart that allows him to push on despite his being human. I picked up #8 just to check it out, and loved it. Then the shipping lag allowed me time to pick.up.the trade and 6 and 7 to get caught up. #8 finally made sense, and this issue really drove the series home for me. Good stuff.

  15. zlbenson zlbenson says:

    I thought this issue had loads of substance. It was all relationships dynamics and I thought told it in an interesting and cool way.

  16. JML (@twitter.com/JoshMLabelle) says:

    To the degree that it’s supposedly “style-over-substance”, I think it reflects the preoccupations of its main character. Fraction and Aja have done some cool stuff with form and content in here and I think that’s one example.
    Another: the speech bubbles expressing Clint’s confusion about the language the Tracksuit Draculas are yelling in.

    I guess what I’m saying is, if this is style-over-substance, it makes style-over-substance oddly substantial. It uses its style to reveal character and kind of stick us in Clint’s brain.

    When I say that I consider it a style-over-substance book though, what I mean is that what lures me back month after month isn’t the stories or the characters but the spirit or sensibility. I’m in it for the Aja covers, the cool layouts, the non-linear plots, the cool language stuff, the soundtracks. The great Clint and Kate interactions, the oddly moving relationship between Clint and the tenants in his building… it’s all great, but for me it’s the icing.

  17. daningotham daningotham says:

    I just love the ‘normal guy’ part of this title. Clint is so what I look like on a Saturday morning. I think it’s why so many of us connect with this title. He could be any of us.

  18. kingpinII says:

    Awww? “Hawkguy”-guy died? I liked “Hawkguy”-guy. No fair. I feel like crying. Yet… What are these? Tears of joy? How so? Oh, that’s right. Because, this book is so, so good!!

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