I review Hawkeye Annual #1 by Matt Fraction and Javier Pulido, published by Marvel Comics.
HAWKEYE ANNUAL #1
• Go west, young lady! Kate Bishop heads to Los Angeles — to get away from New York, life, and Clint Barton?
• … but NOT trouble!
• But Madame Masque is hanging out at poolside with the rich and famous as well!
• Who is Kate Bishop? Find out alongside Kate Bishop herself as a wild new status quo comes to HAWKEYE.
Story: Matt Fraction | Art: Javier Pulido | Cover: Javier Pulido | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $4.99
I’ll admit that I’m not all that familiar with Kate Bishop, having only encountered her in the latest issue of Young Avengers and Hawkeye as a series. However, she’s quickly growing on me as a interesting character to read about, and Hawkeye Annual #1 – which is focused about her new arrival in Los Angeles, away from Clint – with Pizza Dog in tow, allows for some entertaining narrative and despite this Annual cost extra, there was no way I was going to pass it up, especially as Hawkeye is one of my favourite books, even without David Aja or Francesco Francavilla on the art.
Javier Pulido’s style is closer to Aja’s than Francavilla’s, and despite a few differences – it could almost be done by the same artist. I wasn’t a fan on the blank characters at a first read through, but on a second read through I felt like they fitted in more with the storyline and weren’t really as out of place as you’d think.
In a week that’s full of lots of awesome comics, Hawkeye Annual 1 may not quite be my pick of the week, but it’s certainly up there. The humour, the strong and confident narrative, and the fact that Hawkeye can focus on Clint Barton as well as Kate Bishop (despite the fact that Clint only appears in the first few pages of this annual), shows that Fraction can really handle the character and there’s a reason why this is one of my favourite books at Marvel right now – if not my favourite. It’s awesome, and what’s more – each issue is consistently good.
Despite the fact that Pulido’s artwork is not quite up there with Aja, I really like the cover. It’s awesome, and really blends in with the covers of Hawkeye that we’ve had from Aja in the past, and whilst it may not be the most flashy and action packed of the week, the cover is still pretty awesome.
This Annual will appeal to fans of Kate Bishop, and as this issue puts the character in the spotlight for future issues to allow the focus on her as well as Clint – with some plenty of character development to boot. I know some people will inevitably not like the fact that Clint doesn’t play a major role here. However, Kate is proving herself to be an awesome, strong character in her own right – and if you’re unsure as to whether you should pick a non-Clint centric issue of Hawkeye up, then I put my recommendation behind it.