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

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Posted by G-Man (31642 posts) - - Show Bio

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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#1 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32993 posts) - - Show Bio

I really like the direction they will be taking Hawkeye

#2 Posted by thatlad (594 posts) - - Show Bio

Kate Bishop. Sold

#3 Posted by deadpool25mm (587 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#4 Posted by frozenedge (1193 posts) - - Show Bio

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

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#5 Posted by Baddamdog (2223 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#6 Posted by Dernman (14887 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#7 Posted by TexasTyler (10 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#8 Posted by Danial79 (2345 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#9 Posted by entropy_aegis (15061 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#10 Posted by Bestostero (5618 posts) - - Show Bio

so it was hawkeye...ooohh...

#11 Posted by X35 (5981 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#12 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32993 posts) - - Show Bio
@Dernman said:
What happened to him going blind? They decided to forget that?
Convenient forgotten just like Hellstrom going evil in The Fearless
#13 Posted by wmwadeii (3244 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#14 Posted by TexasTyler (10 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#15 Posted by ReVamp (22865 posts) - - Show Bio

Kate Bishop.

#16 Posted by Robrat93 (56 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#17 Posted by jayskee (1905 posts) - - Show Bio

@Dernman: @spiderbat87:

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

#18 Posted by Blood1991 (8098 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#19 Posted by The Impersonator (5212 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#20 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32993 posts) - - Show Bio
@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 
#21 Posted by daredevil21134 (11337 posts) - - Show Bio

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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#22 Posted by bladewolf (676 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#23 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32993 posts) - - Show Bio
@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 
#24 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32993 posts) - - Show Bio
@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 
#25 Posted by daredevil21134 (11337 posts) - - Show Bio

@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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#26 Posted by Mucklefluga (2544 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#27 Posted by Meteorite (3351 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#28 Posted by Funrush (1369 posts) - - Show Bio

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?

#29 Posted by daredevil21134 (11337 posts) - - Show Bio

@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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#30 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#31 Posted by WarMachineMarkV (1214 posts) - - Show Bio

@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

#32 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32993 posts) - - Show Bio
@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
#33 Posted by JonesDeini (3620 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#34 Posted by Theodore (3445 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#35 Posted by Skaddix (3113 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#36 Posted by WarMachineMarkV (1214 posts) - - Show Bio

@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.

#37 Posted by zackattack529 (1404 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#38 Posted by ImperiousRix (1069 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#39 Posted by jsphsmth (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#40 Posted by bladewolf (676 posts) - - Show Bio

@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.

#41 Edited by Baberaham_Lincoln (921 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#42 Posted by blur1528 (1055 posts) - - Show Bio

@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.

#43 Posted by longbowhunter (6986 posts) - - Show Bio

@jsphsmth said:

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

My thoughts exactly.

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#44 Posted by GamerGeek360 (251 posts) - - Show Bio

Ok. Buying this.

#45 Posted by daredevil21134 (11337 posts) - - Show Bio

@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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#46 Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln (921 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#47 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32993 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#48 Posted by Suprman (442 posts) - - Show Bio

Yay! Hawkeye Solo series!

#49 Posted by VioletPhoenix (300 posts) - - Show Bio

@thatlad said:

Kate Bishop. Sold

This. Ditto.

#50 Posted by krazyman27 (73 posts) - - Show Bio

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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