Friday, September 7, 2012

Hawkeye #2

Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: David Aja

If comic book writing happened to be a college major, this title would be not only required reading in the Composition class, but also would be mentioned in the History subject as the series that redefined super hero writing. With just two issues under his belt, Matt Fraction is paving the way for a new era in mainstream comic books; one that leaves behind the infamous decompressed writing, the infinite-issue arcs, and the lazy double spreads with no text or dialog in them. Clint Barton recruits fellow Hawkeye Kate Bishop to help him in a mission that takes them to the circus. Their relationship is one of partners rather than that of a hero and his sidekick, and their exchanges are full of spark and pizzazz. David Aja's artwork is the perfect match to Fraction's writing; he is not afraid to cram 24 panels in a page and still make it look amazing. Refreshing, original, and clean, Hawkeye is Marvel's breakout book of 2012.

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