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Hawkeye #8 - My Bad Penny Review


Cherry returns and convinces Hawkeye to help her out against the brotastic tracksuit bros.

The Good

This issue almost made me tear up. No, not a BATMAN INC #8 kind of crying -- more like laughing-so-hard-until-my-face-hurts kind of crying. Matt Fraction is doing a ridiculously amazing job with this one and it continues to get better and better. Clint's word slip-ups, Kate and the cop's reaction... it's all priceless stuff that's sure to make you laugh out loud ("Are you Iron Fist?!"). I'm sure some of you out there won't connect with the humor, but I am confident a vast majority of you will. I had a blast reading this and I'm sure most of you will, too.

David Aja and Matt Hollingsworth's art is sure to be hit or miss for you. I absolutely adore it, though. It's an impressively unique and vivid style that works exceptionally well and, to top it off, the panels are always presented in a creative manner. In this issue, Annie Wu also provides some pages. The style is quite different but still solid and by no means hinders the visual quality of this one. Not to mention their inclusion just further supports how creative this book really is.

Remember that time Kate and Clint made off with The Kingpin and some other villains' money? Well, they're back again and this time they're taking huge steps forward to deal with their problem. Hawkguy is in a lot of trouble and I'm thrilled to see what Fraction has in store for us. A clown-themed sniper? Yes, please.

The Bad

I could have sworn Hawkeye was in a more serious relationship with Spider-Woman in other titles, but I can easily overlook that considering how terrific everything else is.

The Verdict

I know there's a mountain of hype behind this series, but trust me, it's totally warranted. This is a wondrous series and you should rush to pick up every new issue. Fraction is doing a remarkable job with the script and the book is consistently sporting a pleasantly unique and creative look. It's an overdose of fun... and you do like fun things, don't you?

If I could, I'd give this issue 6/5 bros. But I can't, so I'll just have to settle for 5/5 bros.

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Posted by knightofthechronicle

Darn I need to start reading this series

Posted by LiveForever

Unbelievably good. $2.99 and it always, ALWAYS feels significantly more "full" than $3.99 books. I couldn't be any more in love with this series. Great review, Gregg.

Posted by Mucklefluga

Cannot wait to read this. It's going to be seriously (or un-seriously?) fun!

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

No surprise this is a 5 star.

HAWKEYE by current favorite series!

Posted by Iron_Turtle

Hawkguy. The best thing Marvel is putting out by a very long shot. (Badum-tish.)

Posted by thejedster

Best comic, bro! You read now, bro!

Posted by Jawshco

Hawkeye is worthy of Five stars every issue, but that being said, the last two issues have been a little bit down for me. They're good, but not dialed-in to perfection like issue 3. I'd give this one about an 8.5 out of ten because it seemed a little heavier on the setup than previous issues.

Posted by Fenderxx

Lol i love that he broke the 4th wall, it fit so well.

Posted by Cavemold

Loved this bro. Awesome set up and enough stuff happend

Posted by Blood1991

GAH I don't get to read it until tomorrow!!!!

Posted by JamDamage

this book is so fresh every issue. The quick witty dialogue is nice escape from what we're usually adjusted too. The art is great in it's own way too. It's like ...........pop noir.

Posted by Brazen_Intellect

When it comes to X-Men and Iron Man I am about as anti-Fraction as it comes, but I have to give it to him on this title.

It has it's imperfections but the charm more than makes up for it.

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Posted by sparty-dbq

I give this one a 4/5. Aja and Fraction's work is incredible as always, but I have to take a point off because the secret to the safe combination made no sense whatsoever.

And I think his relationship with Spider-Woman is supposed to be serious, but near-50 years of stories has shown us that Clint is kind of a pig. Let's not forget that he also hit on another random woman in his Gambit team-up in A+X.

Posted by K3vinkha0S

Hawkguy Bro, Hawkguy

Posted by longbowhunter

I laughed pretty hard at Clint being mistaken for Iron Fist too. The end was pretty sinister. Hawkguy has really got himself into some nasty business now.

Posted by Agent_Prince

Didn't like it at all. The same running jokes being used over and over, which weren't that funny to begin with. Very overrated book that granted, does have great action scenes. But Clint is continuously breaking the law, and he's a bit of a sap, too.

Posted by kid Apollo

im loving the covers for this series, theyre always a little different but pretty cool.

oh and the stuff inside is good too

Posted by derf_jenkins

This run rocks bro

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

@knightofthechronicle said:

Darn I need to start reading this series

You definitely should. You'll have to wait for the trades for the first 7 issues, though. You should read them all. It's not necessary to get the story, but I highly suggest it. Good luck finding them anywhere but eBay, and they won't come cheap, so you'll probably need to wait for the trades. It usually sells out the day they arrive at my LCS too so you need to hurry if you want to catch them.

Edited by Humanoid

Yeah bro, I don't read any other titles that involve Hawkeye and Spider-Woman, but I'm pretty sure they were.. a thing, bro. Bro, nice review. Bro.

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

One question. Does anyone know what that Russian meant? I can't read Russian, I used to be able to pronounce it, but I don't remember all the letters/pronunciations anymore.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

Hawkeye is an amazing series, no doubt, but I just don't think this issue deserved a perfect score. I liked the little covers in the middle, but they took up a bunch of pages, and the story suffered. This issue just felt rushed, it didn't have the perfection of other issues.

And personally I thought the Iron Fist joke was a little forced, but maybe because I've seen it so much with Booster Gold and Green Lantern.

Posted by dontbelievethehyperion

Didn't expect much when this series started, but Fraction has tapped into what makes Hawkeye great. Every issue so far has been top notch.

That being said, I'm extremely worried about what will happen if Fraction ever leaves this book.

Posted by darthfury78

@sparty-dbq said:

I give this one a 4/5. Aja and Fraction's work is incredible as always, but I have to take a point off because the secret to the safe combination made no sense whatsoever.

And I think his relationship with Spider-Woman is supposed to be serious, but near-50 years of stories has shown us that Clint is kind of a pig. Let's not forget that he also hit on another random woman in his Gambit team-up in A+X.

It might have been interesting if Spider-Woman was in a serious relationship with Peter Parker instead of Clint on the basis that they interaction. With Clint and Jessica, its too similar. I never understood why Bendis paired Jessica up with Clint instead of Peter Parker. But then again, the current Spider-Man writer opposes any kind of dating relationship between Spider-Man x Super Heroine.

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Posted by Reignmaker

I can't get over how good this series is. If anyone is following a mediocre series of *insert name of popular superhero*, now's the time to drop it for Hawkeye. There's just no excuse.