If you read the glorious last issue, you might've scratched your head a little when you saw a mysterious derelict-looking guy hanging around Hawkeye's apartment, getting beat up by the Bros. Lately we've been seeing occasional scenes from a different character's perspective and that's what we get here. This gives us more answers (and some have already speculated over the identity of the guy). It's a fascinating look at seeing what was happening around last issue's adventure focused on Pizza Dog.
Matt Fraction also gives us some insight into Hawkeye's past. We've seen some mention before but the way it's presented here does tell us more about Clint and perhaps why he's a bit self-destructive.
What can be said about Francesco Francavilla's art that hasn't been said before? The layouts are phenomenal in giving a great deal of variation in even the simplest scenes. The colors add to the vibe of the story and it's great seeing an artist that can capture the smallest change in expressions that truly conveys what is going on in each characters' mind.
What at first feels like a slight departure from the series actually turns out to be a great change of pace that didn't feel as if it was needed.
There's not a lot of Hawkeye in this issue. Well, there is some, sort of. No real complaints otherwise.
Matt Fraction is continuing to shake things up instead of just telling the same story over and over. Each issue manages to contain a great story with superb art. The way Fraction is mixing up the presentation or angle of certain issues keeps you guessing as to what's coming next. What you do know is it's going to be a great issue. Francesco Francavilla always manages to draw great scenes and his storytelling abilities are always evident. HAWKEYE marches to its own beat in the Marvel Universe and that's great. We need more comics that think outside the box and deliver fun and different stories.