Today’s Super Comic — All-New Hawkeye #6 (2016)

all-new-hawkeye-6The Jeff Lemire/Ramon Perez run on All-New Hawkeye comes to a satisfying conclusion in #6 (which should really be #11, but maybe smaller numbers sell better).

The issue’s highlight is the flashback showing the moment when the Avengers, particularly Hawkeye, first inspired the second Hawkeye, Kate Bishop. And the scene is nicely placed after an amusing present-day conversation between Clint Barton and his brother Barney, in which Barney rags on him for being the Avengers’ token normal guy. But Hawkeye’s ability to hold his own among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes without any powers, just a bow and arrows and skills—that’s what inspires young Kate.

The unconventional friendship between the two Hawkeyes has formed a great heart for the series, and it pays off wonderfully here.

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)

Appropriate For: ages 13 and up

Today’s Super Comic — All-New Hawkeye #2 (2015)

All New Hawkeye 2The 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