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C2E2 Interview: Matt Fraction and David Aja on HAWKEYE #1

The IMMORTAL IRON FIST creative duo are back together taking on Hawkeye.

Remember that teaser Marvel released last week with Matt Fraction and David Aja attached? The logo/font of the "Coming Soon" lead to some speculation. If you read THE IMMORTAL IRON FIST, you should be as excited about this as I am. The two are are back together and writing about Hawkeye. Sure we have a lot of Hawkeye in comics, especially now in SECRET AVENGERS but this series.

The series will focus on Hawkeye with protégé Kate Bishop and he has a new mission. He wants to protect those the other heroes cant', won't or don't protect. Hawkeye explores new corners in the seedy underbelly of the Marvel Universe and will be drawing the attention of villains new and old who are looking to bring his journey to an early and violent end.

Join us in this celebration as we asked both Matt and David about the new series set for this August.

Comic Vine: How did this come about? In other words, who had the brilliant idea to get you guys back together on a cool character like Hawkeye?

Matt Fraction: Steve and David, honestly. David asked about doing HAWKEYE back during IRON FIST… I used to have drawings he sent me of Clint but lost them all when my hard drive got dead. Anyway Steve asked, or Tom asked and THEN Steve asked, and at first I said no.

Then it cooked in the back of my head and even though I was pretty booked up at the time… I couldn't stop thinking about it. Anyway I got the OK to pitch on it and pitched and that seemed to be okay. And Steve knew he wanted to go for David, which was awesome to me but, at the same time, had been a thing that seemed cursed to never happen again -- David and I have been close on, like, three things or four things after IRON FIST and it just never happened…

Anyway, via pure Wacker magic, it's all happening.

David Aja: Yup, true, Matt and I have been trying to work together toooons of times and at last, for one reason or another we have not been able. Just imagine, once I was abducted by a flying saucer when I was about to start drawing one of his script. And so all the time. Those aliens were ones who told me about doing this series, by the way, and how not to agree someone with four arms?

== TEASER ==

CV: Because this series is said to focus more on Hawkeye and Kate "in the seedy underbelly of the Marvel Universe," will this be completely separate from Secret Avengers and other Avenger titles?

MF: Yeah, very much so. He's so well covered, super-heroically, in AVENGERS and SECRET AVENGERS especially, that I wanted to do the stories that, as Steve put it, "don't feel like his job." it's very much about what makes Clint tick and why, about how he can look at himself in the mirror every morning and what he has to do with himself to sleep at night.

DA: Seedy? Much probably, I'm drawing it.

CV: Is the focus going to be on more street-level villains? (In other words, no chance of anyone like Galactus showing up, right?) New villains, old or a mix?

MF: Yeah, no Galactus, no Kang -- again, well-covered elsewhere. This is Clint saving lives and helping people in micro-ways, in small, human, intimate, "real" ways. And somehow, there ends up being more drama and more pathos in the human stories.

New and old. Keep your eyes on issue 2.

DA: And on issue 1. And on 3. And on...

CV: What about romance? Hawkeye is known to get around. Is Spider-Woman (or whoever he's with come August) going to appear or will he be too busy taking on the villains with his protégé?

MF: Not sure that I'd put Clint and 'romance' in the same sentence together, but Clint and ladies, no doubt. We'll be checking in on Spider-Woman and the P&L on having a friends-with-benefits sort of relationship; we'll be checking up on the former Mrs. Clint Barton, and on from there.

CV: What are the chances of Iron Fist showing up?

MF: If he survives AVX? Could be fun. Or could be creepy, like a sequel nobody wanted to see. David?

DA: Who is Iron Fist?

CV: David, will you be doing anything different with your art style to fully capture the "seedy underbelly of the Marvel Universe"? (I just like saying "seedy underbelly").

DA: I'm a messy guy, much prob will not take me that much effort.

There you have it. Mark your calendars and let your comic shop know you want HAWKEYE added to your pull list this August.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I really like the direction they will be taking Hawkeye

Posted by thatlad

Kate Bishop. Sold

Posted by deadpool25mm

Hawkeyes one of my favorite characters, adding this to my list ! like the covers.(#2!)

Posted by frozenedge

At least they didn't forget about one of the Young Avengers. Now if only they could do something about the Runaways and make the New Mutants cool again

Posted by Baddamdog

Hawkeye, Kate Bishop, Spider-Woman and Mockingbird with Fraction and Aja reunited? Sounds like a winner.

Posted by Dernman

What happened to him going blind? They decided to forget that?

Posted by TexasTyler

I'm really excited for this, he is one of the Avengers to not have his own series and the thing they are doing with Captain Marvel. They are giving long time characters a chance to go solo just like Gambit but I wish Iceman would have gotten his own series to.

Posted by Danial79

I miss the old uniform, but otherwise, I think this will be cool.

Posted by entropy_aegis

Well lets see if it can last longer than 8 issues.

Posted by Bestostero

so it was hawkeye...ooohh...

Posted by X35

I'm going to get it... idk i felt adding Kate was a bit of a dumb move at first but i kinda like it now

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Dernman said:
What happened to him going blind? They decided to forget that?
Convenient forgotten just like Hellstrom going evil in The Fearless
Posted by wmwadeii

I dont' read Daredevil because for some reason the "Seedy Underbelly" type of book never interests me. Hopefully a character can make a book about a similar genre more interesting. Will have to see.

Posted by TexasTyler

and the reason they might be adding Kate is because he said that before he goes totally blind he wants to train the world's best archer, and he could possibly see that in Kate.

Posted by ReVamp

Kate Bishop.

Posted by Robrat93

Pretty excited I like Hawkeye and its nice to see him in his own series, the addition of Kate Bishop is icing on the cake especially considering Clint isn't the protoge type.

Posted by jayskee

@Dernman: @spiderbat87:

they didn't forget him going blind they addressed it in the last issue of the blindspot

Posted by Blood1991

I'll buy it, but after what Fraction did to the X-Men I'm skepical...

Posted by The Impersonator

Oh, so it's not the new Iron Fist series. Anyways, looking forward to Hawkeye's underbelly. =P

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@The Impersonator said:

Oh, so it's not the new Iron Fist series. Anyways, looking forward to Hawkeye's underbelly. =P

For a while I thought it was going to be the the Immortal Steel Serpent 
Posted by daredevil21134

One of my all time favorite has finally got an ongoing series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now if Ed Brubaker would go back Daredevil i'd be the happiest person in the world

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Posted by bladewolf

Plot that sounds exactly like Green Arrow sounds EXACTLY like Green Arrow.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@bladewolf said:

Plot that sounds exactly like Green Arrow sounds EXACTLY like Green Arrow.

sounds nothing like it, Green Arrow is fighting triplet underwear models at the moment 
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@daredevil21134 said:

One of my all time favorite has finally got an ongoing series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now if Ed Brubaker would go back Daredevil i'd be the happiest person in the world

Brubaker back on DD, Rucka on Moon Knight and Peter Milligan on Iron Fist 
Posted by daredevil21134

@spiderbat87 said:

@daredevil21134 said:

One of my all time favorite has finally got an ongoing series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now if Ed Brubaker would go back Daredevil i'd be the happiest person in the world

Brubaker back on DD, Rucka on Moon Knight and Peter Milligan on Iron Fist

That would be awsome

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Posted by Mucklefluga

I like Hawkeye, I Like the covers, why not give it a try?

Posted by Meteorite

This is fairly cool, but I wish that Jim McCann was writing this. I loved his Hawkeye and Mockingbird series, I was so disappointed when it was cancelled.

Posted by Funrush

Am I the only one who thinks that Mark Waid would do a good job writing this, judging by the tone the covers are trying to set?

Posted by daredevil21134

@Funrush said:

Am I the only one who thinks that Mark Waid would do a good job writing this, judging by the tone the covers are trying to set?

I would rather him write Hawkeye instead of Daredevil

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Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Sounds great to me! I might have to consider this...I think it had me at "seedy underbelly"...

Posted by WarMachineMarkV

@entropy_aegis:

- I have to agree, Hawkeye has his fans but I do not see him supporting his own book in the long term.

- After all the recent cancellations its hard not to be skeptical about any new title that is not lead by a top tier character or team

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@WarMachineMarkV said:

@entropy_aegis:

- I have to agree, Hawkeye has his fans but I do not see him supporting his own book in the long term.

- After all the recent cancellations its hard not to be skeptical about any new title that is not lead by a top tier character or team

and by team you mean Avengers/X-Men
Posted by JonesDeini

2.99 I may buy, if not I'm good. Fraction's got a knack for handling solo characters and I do dig Hawkeye a fair bit.

Posted by Theodore

if Iron Fist gets killed off in AvX I will be severely disappointed in Marvel!

Posted by Skaddix

I give this 12 issues at best and that is being generous more likely it will last 8 or less.

I wonder if Marvel will admit failure seriously hawkeye leads Secret Avengers and is in three other Avengers books plus they have given him plenty of minis. Although I like Kate but hate Fraction and Hawkeye I am neutral on. He is fine on teams but off.

Posted by WarMachineMarkV

@spiderbat87 said:

@WarMachineMarkV said:

@entropy_aegis:

- I have to agree, Hawkeye has his fans but I do not see him supporting his own book in the long term.

- After all the recent cancellations its hard not to be skeptical about any new title that is not lead by a top tier character or team

and by team you mean Avengers/X-Men

- Even those two have a hard time supporting their lower tier titles nowadays, Marvel let the rest of the U flounder while proping up the Avengers.

Posted by zackattack529

wow that is a reeeaaaally cool cover...but i dont judge book by covers and this could FLOP.

if i set my expectations low and pick up the first issue i might enjoy it :p

Posted by ImperiousRix

Oh man, I'm in love with those cover designs. Not sure I'll be reading the series, but Aja and Fraction seems like a solid creative team.

Posted by jsphsmth

Interesting. Since Green Arrow has been so disappointing, maybe I will pick this up instead.

Posted by bladewolf

@spiderbat87 said:

@bladewolf said:

Plot that sounds exactly like Green Arrow sounds EXACTLY like Green Arrow.

sounds nothing like it, Green Arrow is fighting triplet underwear models at the moment

I meant classic GA: he fights for the little guy on the streets, fights villains without powers, explores "seedy underbellies" of the criminal world, etc.

Edited by Baberaham_Lincoln

I don't know much about Hawkeye, except that he's an archer who battled DD and all... so i guess i'll be picking this up monthly or fortnightly then =D.... Can anyone recommend any good Hawkeye reads so i can have a basic understanding of the persona???

Thanks

Posted by blur1528

@Meteorite said:

This is fairly cool, but I wish that Jim McCann was writing this. I loved his Hawkeye and Mockingbird series, I was so disappointed when it was cancelled.

Posted by longbowhunter

@jsphsmth said:

Interesting. Since Green Arrow has been so disappointing, maybe I will pick this up instead.

My thoughts exactly.

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Posted by GamerGeek360

Ok. Buying this.

Posted by daredevil21134

@Baberaham_Lincoln said:

I don't know much about Hawkeye, except that he's an archer who battled DD and all... so i guess i'll be picking this up monthly or fortnightly then =D.... Can anyone recommend any good Hawkeye reads so i can have a basic understanding of the persona???

Thanks

Hawkeye & Mockingbird 1 -8.Hawkeye Blind spot1-4.Avengers Solo 1-5.Widowmaker 1-4(optional)

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Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln

@daredevil21134: Awesome!!!! thaks for the info.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

It's funny, all the people that complain that this will be cancelled after a few issues are the ones that wont pick it up and in effect cause it to be dumped

Posted by Suprman

Yay! Hawkeye Solo series!

Posted by VioletPhoenix

@thatlad said:

Kate Bishop. Sold

This. Ditto.

Posted by krazyman27

Anyone else think it's odd that Hawkeye is getting all of this Avengers movie love, but Black Widow isn't?

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