Hawkeye #13 Review: The Two Hawkeyes Reunite!

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Someone is after Hawkeye (Clint Barton), and he goes to his old protégé, Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) to Clint from the mysterious killer.

Unfortunately, Hawkeye (Kate Bishop again) is more concerned with discovering what actually happened to her mother, but she may make an exception for Hawkeye if the situation is dire enough. Knowing Hawkeye (Clint again), it probably is.

Hawkeye #13 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Hawkeye #13 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

These two characters have some of the best interactions out of any two superheroes from the Big Two. I absolutely adore when the Hawkeyes team up, and, I'm glad to say, Hawkeye #13 is no exception. The two archers bug the hell out of each other while doing everything possible to keep each other safe from the mysterious threat.

Also, Lucky the Pizza Dog is present to gobble up all the slices.

The threat itself has potential, though we learn little about it until the very end. It's mostly interesting in how it challenges the Hawkeyes to get creative. The motivation is… overused, to say the least. However, I'm interested in seeing how Kelly Thompson may be able to put her own spin on said motivation of said threat.

The pacing is really tight, too. Even Matt Fraction's Hawkeye was prone to the occasional lull. However, this comic manages to have its laughs and dialogue but keep it limited enough so you're not waiting for the action to kick in. It snaps to it in an appropriate measure.

Leonardo Romero gives a nice, personalized style to the tale of these Hawkeyes while being pleasingly reminiscent of David Aja's work in time past. Romero's work has more of an anime-inspired twist, especially when it comes to the faces. This does leave some segments feeling a little underdrawn. However, the art is effective for the most part, and Romero does some good work here.

Hawkeye #13 is a chatty, snarky, and hyperactive continuation to the story of the two Hawkeyes. The leads are amazing, the story is solid, and the art is great. This one gets a strong recommendation from yours truly. Pick this one up.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.