HAWKEYE #4

Review by: batverine

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Story by Matt Fraction
Art by Javier Pulido
Cover by David Aja

Size: 0 pages
Price: 2.99

Hawkeye #4′s storytelling might aptly be called a coup, but its art is a bit of a misfire.

Matt Fraction’s writing continues to create a memorable voice for both of our main characters; Clint is less obnoxious than Deadpool but still just as funny, and Kate is becoming far more than just a starry-eyed imitator. The nascent love triangle between the Hawkeyes and Cherry is mostly on the back burner in this issue, but Fraction sprinkles a few notes of well-paced tension when Clint and Kate are together that are just enough to whet a reader’s appetite for future issues. This book doesn’t need spandex to tell a good story, superhero or otherwise, and I can’t wait for more.

Javier Pulido subs in for David Aja on this issue’s art. It shows. Pulido’s art is very reminiscent of the Silver Age, which fits with Aja’s previously established mise-en-scene, but both Pulido’s layouts and characters lack Aja’s dynamism. Action sequences are a bit stiff, characters are less expressive, and pages unfold in a formulaic manner. This series is still one of the best comics being published right now, but similar to Cliff Chiang and Tony Akin on Wonder Woman, the greater talent is abundantly clear, and the comic loses a touch of momentum when that talent is absent.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent

Comments

  1. Hope this book gets a long run.

    Not sure your ratings fit your review…

    If the talent missing is Aja, why does the art get a 5 and the story only a 4?

    Would think at the very least those ratings need to be reversed to make coincide with the written review.

  2. This issue felt the most ‘super-hero’ out of the issues thus far, but is really hurt in Aja’s absence. His style and storytelling do so much for this book and you can really feel how essential he is to Hawkeye in this issue.

    • I disagree.

      I thought this issue was excellent and made me love the series even more.

    • batverine batverine says:

      @Scorpion–what did you love so much about the issue? There were at least half a dozen of Pulido’s panels that look as stiff as my drawings in high school art. The opening page is the major exception to that assessment, though. That one’s great.

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