The biggest complaint I’ve seen about this issue of Hawkeye is “Francavilla’s art does’t fit the book”. Wait, what? Francesco Francavilla’s art fits anything! Sure, David Aja is better suited to the tone this book has built, but, hey, when Matt Fraction wants an issue at isn’t as light hearted, why not bring on Francavilla for an issue or three? The guy’s a beast, and everything he draws looks amazing. I mean, I have bought books that I don’t even read because he comes on board for one or two issues! The guy is brilliant, and that is indisputable and this point. If you don’t like his art, I’m not sure that you like anything.
Not only is the art great, but so is the story, as always, when Matt Fraction’s at the helm. The past couple of issues all seem to take place at about the same time, and this one’s no exception, following Clint’s brother, who I already love as a character.
This bool really shines when we see the flashbacks to their slightly troubled childhood, and, from the looks of things, they were quite close. And, at the end, we see that they still are close. Is the main focus of this book to set up future events? Yeah, it probably is, but that’s Ok. It’s great to see Barney Barton get a whole issue in which to be fleshed out. We get to see who he is, and how he’ll interact with Clint. When that time comes, I’m sure it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Not that this issue wasn’t. I mean, in the last couple issues we’ve seen the bro gang grow a bit more menacing, but Fraction takes the, back down a couple notches here. And honestly, I like it when all they say is “Bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro” or “seriously seriously seriously seriously seriously seriously” as they do in this issue.
That scene especially is really great, and the creative team once again knocks it out of the park. It’s not my favorite issue of Hawkeye, but it’s still a lot better than a lot of other books.