Hawkeye Freefall #1
Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Art by Otto Schmidt
Letters by Joe Sabino
The Rundown: Hawkeye gets dragged into a mystery when someone exploits his past to steal something potentially dangerous.
Clint Barton is enjoying his life, especially the life of a vigilante. His enjoyment is evident in his casual infiltration of an arms deal by the Hood and his subsequent take down of the villain. When he shows up top view the arraignment and sees that Mayor Fisk has let Hood go, Clint has a talk wit the villain that enlightens him on the futility of his actions.
When Ronin emerges and steals a package from some former SHIELD agents, Clint becomes the natural suspect. The act gets the attention of Falcon and Winter Soldier who team up with Hawkeye to either clear him or capture him. What they find is a new Ronin with a unique set of skills and isn’t afraid to use them.
The Story: This is an incredibly fun first issue not only because of the tone set by Matthew Rosenberg, but because Clint is a fun character and that fun is brought out by the brilliant dialogue. The plot is interesting and engaging with some great twists and turns throughout. The new Ronin is an awesome touch and it will be interesting to see he and Clint interact more. As a Hawkeye fan, I want to see how deep Rosenberg dives into this story and where he takes it next.
The Art: Otto Schmidt delivers some fantastic art in this first issue. The style of the art complements the story and its tone perfectly. The action has a fluid, moving energy that caught my eye and the fight between Ronin, Winter Soldier, Falcon and Hawkeye was done beautifully.