Upon the recommendation of my friend (and super-talented artist), Sebastien Millon, I picked up the Hawkeye Volume 1 hardcover while we were at Phoenix Comicon this past year. And from the minute I opened the book and read the words “Okay… This looks bad.”, I was transported into the world of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye and hooked. I quickly devoured the book and then had to patiently wait for the second hardcover to be released earlier this month (I could’ve purchased the trade paperbacks, but I had to match my books, of course). And you know as soon as it dropped, I was at my favorite local comic book store, Villainous Lair, to pick up a copy.
No story spoilers here, but I will say that this story (the first hardcover, in particular) has become one of my all-time favorite comics/graphic novels. Fraction tells, with an undeniable witty charm, an exciting yet humanizing story of a couple of imperfect super heroes that have no real super powers and a fair amount of personal baggage. Coupled with a great, minimal visual aesthetic by David Aja, this is definitely one not to miss!