by Matt Fraction & David Aja
“See? I listened. It comes back to you in the end”
“I am right way more than you people give me credit for” Continue reading This Weeks Finest: Hawkeye #22
In honor of the film about the guy who breaks into places and steals things before becoming a Super-Hero, here’s 10 people that have gone from the dark to the light…
“Like another entry on this list, Al Simmons was not entirely a good man. He was a killer, and a mercenary. After his betrayal and death by his employer, Al sold his soul for another chance to be with his wife, but instead got bonded to a demonic suit and chosen to lead an army to the Apocalypse. Eventually, he took control of his destiny and rewrote reality to hopefully give its people and himself a new start.”
With the new Avengers film in theater’s in mere days let’s talk about Nothing But Comics favorite Avengers over the titles long history.
10. Thor: As one of the core members of the Avengers in the early inception of the concept Thor’s association with The Avengers in seperable. While the fact that having a members powers be god level could be utilized as the ultimate deuse ex-machina, the best Avengers creators find a way to realize his awesome powers to stunning results. Think the battle with Hulk in Avengers vs Defenders War, his relentless pursuit of victory in Ultron Unlimited or when he allows his hammer to travel across the cosmos and land right through a leading builder in Infinity, Thor is the Avenger with the most epic moments. But moreover, putting Thor with other teammates helps in humanizing the character in a way that is more difficult then would be in his solo books, perfectly encapsulated by how he was disguised as a cowboy in The Serpent Crown. At his best, Thor’s role in the Avengers utilizes both how goofy and awesome the character is equal measure. Continue reading Tuesday Top Ten: Our Favorite Avengers
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A Dream of You and Me. Future Islands. Singles, 2014.
The first half of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye series ends with Clint Barton in a rather low mood. So low a mood in fact that his partner/protégé/pep talker Kate Bishop (aka also Hawkeye) has had enough. Swearing herself done with all his self-destructive behavior, she packs in her gear, grabs his dog Lucky and drives out to the West Coast. Kate figures that the trip will be the restorative she so desperately needs. After all, she is equally fed up with her rich, lay-about father who recently married one of Kate’s classmates (OK, Heather was three years older, but still). All Kate wants is a clean bungalow, fresh air and bright sun. Once she clears her mind of all this self-involved negative energy, she can determine what the perfect step-forward is for Kate Bishop.
The problem with life is that we so rarely get to choose the perfect next move, having usually to settle for good enough. Even for those of us who aren’t Clint Barton, wallowing in our breakfast cereal, past events have a tendency to circle back around to bite us in rather sensitive spots. During one of her first team-ups with Clint, Kate ran afoul with the criminal Madame Masque. In addition to defeating her, Kate also embarrassed her in the process. Masque does not take such slights lightly. Thus as soon as Kate is in Masque’s home turf of Los Angeles, the wheels of conspiracy start turning. Credit cards are immediately denied, causing her car to be towed, while still containing all of her stuff. Initially a kind stranger offers lodging for Kate, only Kate pieces together that it is Masque herself. Kate is able to slip out from her nemesis’ clutches only to find herself and Lucky pretty much desolate. An agreement to cat-sit lands her a roof over her head in the form of a trailer on the beach. If she truly wants to survive the City of Angels, she is going to need a new source of livelihood ASAP. (And no, caving in and calling either her dad or Clint is not an option).
With word that the final issue of Matt Fraction & David Aja’s Hawkeye will arrive after the series has gone into a state of constant delays over the last year and that its replacement is coming hell or high-water in March of 2015, it’s a possibility we’ve seen the last issue of the series already or, best case scenario, we will see the final issue within the next couple months. Writer Matt Fraction has turned in his final script and appears to have moved on from Marvel for the time being, while artist David Aja has remained relatively quiet save for next issue’s preview going up last month. I’ve gotten over eagerly anticipating each new issue to accepting that it, in one way or another, it will soon be over. And I’m fine with that. Most expectations had Hawkeye lasting under ten issues and originally I had no interest in checking out the book as I had long since soured on Matt Fraction as a writer by the time the series debuted. But persuasion and curiosity got the best of me, and I’m glad it did because Hawkeye would turn out to be the best and most influential superhero comic of the last five years, setting a new bench mark and helping shift the landscape of Marvel & DC comics for the better. It showed a new spin on an old character that was refreshing, modern and universal by focusing squarely on the humanism of its protagonist. Hawkeye was the most extraordinary ordinary comic of its time and it achieved that with a simple elegance that was singular to its creators and the nation of fans who fell in love with the book.