The previous Hawkeye series was so phenomenally brilliant, any follow-up with a new creative team was destined to pale in comparison. No one’s at fault for not getting lightning to strike twice in the same spot.
But while All-New Hawkeye isn’t quite on the level of its predecessor, it’s still a perfectly fun superhero book (based on the two issues available on Marvel Unlimited).
This series veers closer to traditional superhero territory than the previous run, and in its wisest move, it enhances the focus on the unconventional mentor/mentee relationship of the two Hawkeyes, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop. And that relationship is strained at the moment—two moments, actually. The story jumps back and forth between the present day and twenty years from now, when Kate is the big-time superhero pulling old Clint out of retirement.
All good stuff so far. I’m on board for more.
Aaaaand after writing that and preparing this post, I just realized this is the second All-New Hawkeye series by the same creative team. The first lasted five issues, and all of these came out in 2015. Yes, this is the second All-New Hawkeye #2 by Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez that came out in 2015. Marvel, can you please wait at least a full year before renumbering? I promise, there is no need to revert to #1 after each storyline.
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Ramon Perez
Publisher: Marvel Comics
How to Read It: recent back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Hawkeye vol. 6: Hawkeyes (TPB) (Yeah, the trade paperback numbering they kept, even though the book’s title changed.)
Appropriate For: ages 13 and up