Hawkeye Freefall #5
Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Art by Otto Schmidt
Letters by Joe Sabino
The Rundown: Hawkeye makes his next move and fails to take into account the consequences of his revenge plans.
Clint Barton’s mission against the Hood is going to cost him more than the money that he’s been stealing from the criminal. He breaks into the Mayor’s mansion and his meeting with Kingpin takes a dark turn. Refusing to take the criminal mastermind’s help, Ronin takes to the streets. Unfortunately, taking down Hood’s criminal operations doesn’t flush out the criminal and Clint will have to get creative if he wants to get the man’s attention.
To make matters worse, the attention he does get comes from Spider-Man and Captain America who want answers. As things start to get worse for Hawkeye/Ronin, he’s going to lose more than he bargained for in pursuit of his mission and the costs could be deadly for the former Avenger.
The Story: Rosenberg takes the story to some dark places as Clint has to face some harsh realities when it comes to his single minded obsession. The plot is solid and the mixture of comedy and human drama work perfectly together. As fun as the story and dialogue are, Rosenberg shows the cracks in Clint’s plan and its toll on his personal and professional life make the story more engaging to the reader. The story takes a dark turn in the end and sets up something I can’t wait to see develop.
The Art: Otto Schmidt does some brilliant work with the art in this issue. Everything from the action to the characters looks amazing. I love the style of Schmidt’s art and how it conveys both the comedy and the drama.