I was going to talk about Boom Studio’s new book The Spire, a great series by Simon Spurrier with art by Jeff Stokely, and believe me it’ a good book. Go check it out, it’s easily a 3 out of 5 title, but then I read the final issue of Hawkeye. I can’t pass up an opportunity to talk about an issue that I have been waiting months for. So today let’s discuss Marvel’s Hawkeye.
This is the final issue of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s amazing run on Hawkeye. This series told the story of Clint Barton and Kate Bishop (Hawkeye and Hawkeye) and how they protect and help a small apartment building in New York. There are many adventures to be had and amazing characters to meet. I recommend that you immediately go find the trade paper backs of this series… or at least pre order them.
Let’s talk about the writing first. Matt Fraction took one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe and gave him such voice and story, one that he has never had before. The story is an exploration of his character, how he interacts with the world and how he does what he does. The story takes place from his perspective… most of the time. One of the best issues is where Clint loses his hearing; the rest of the issue’s dialogue is done through blank speech bubbles and diagrams of sign language, making it very clear that everything we see and hear is what he sees and hears. One of the greatest parts of this series is how Clint interacts with the people around him. For example when he is confronted with a language he doesn’t know, we don’t know what they are saying. It’s frustrating but I love it.
As I said, one of the most intriguing facets of the story is how he interacts with characters around him, Matt Fraction and David Aja however took it so far as to give entire issues to those people. My all time favorite issue has to be from a dog’s perspective. This issue is seriously funny and fit’s in so well with the rest of the story. That being said the main character is clearly Hawkeye… be it Clint or Kate (we spend several issues in L.A. following the solo adventures of Kate).
Great story aside, it would not be the same without the stunning art of David Aja. I don’t know why this issue was delayed so many months but I understand how much work he puts into each of his drawings. The sign language issue alone is a daunting task but in each issue there are panels that make my jaw drop. They are always practical but also always beautiful. This is one book where the writer and artists work in perfect concert to bring magic to each issue.
This issue was 5 out of 5 and earns it. It’s a heart wrenching ending to a brilliant story, shown with all the love and care that is clear panel to panel. Personally I plan on digging through my long boxes to find the back issues just to read it all again. Thanks for taking me on this journey, hats off to you Fraction and Aja, can’t wait to see what you do next.