These issues aren’t from the critically acclaimed Hawkeye series that kicked off around the time of the Avengers’ phenomenally successful first movie. They’re from the previous attempt at a Hawkeye solo series, before we had any idea the Marvel Cinematic Universe was coming.
And while they’re not at the level of the more recent series (so few comics are), they’re definitely worth a look. In these final two issues (#7 and 8—yeah, really short-lived series), Clint tries to solve a murder and winds up at odds with his ex-girlfriend, the Black Widow.
There’s nothing groundbreaking about it. It’s just a solidly executed two-parter that gets Hawkeye’s character exactly right. He’s the stubborn guy who involves himself in affairs he has no business being involved in.
How else would you describe a non-powered archer who joins the Avengers?
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Penciler: Joe Bennett
Inker: Sandu Flores
Publisher: Marvel Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology
Appropriate For: ages 12 and up