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The Prospect Of The End Of Matt Fraction's Hawkeye Beckons

It's safe to say there have been a lot of behind the scenes rumblings on this one. The moment that Matt Fraction left the high profile title Inhuman before the first issue was published (which never really recovered) seems notable. As was a certain tweet from Matt earlier in the year, when Hawkeye was put on the Official Selection List for Angouleme.

But it was expected that, especially with an increasily sporadic scheduling, that Matt Fraction's revival of Hawkeye with David Aja and friends would be coming to an end.

It's possibly worth reflecting what an unlikely success Hawkeye was since its first announcement. It came off the back of not-exactly-critically acclaimed runs on Fantastic Four and X-Men and the Fear Itself event But, like Matt's work on Iron Fist, Hawkeye totally revitalised a character that many had made mock of. In such a way that saw being enthused over by both superhero fans and superhero haters alike. Bucking the trend in bookstores, Hawkeye may not have made it into the top ten monthly comics, but it often topped the charts in collections, beating the likes of Batman, The Walking Dead and Saga. It represented a creative renaissance at Marvel, the idea that anything could be done with these characters, including portraying an Avenger it a bow and arrow trying, unsuccessfully to deal with his home life, his pet, his landlords and fellow tenants. Superior Foes Of Spider-Man, among others, owes it a great debt of gratitude. It was utterly and deservedly, the cool book to read at Marvel, but also the most fun. Telling a real heartfelt story and taking extreme liberties with the conventions of the form while doing so. From the issue told, or at least smelt from the point of view of  dog, to the nudity repeatedly covered by the Hawkeye headshot from Marvel Comics indicia of the eighties, it seemed there was nothing this comic couldn't do.


Except it seems, for some reason, survive.

The internet weeps.

We don't know about any other work – but he does have the riproaringly successful Sex Criminals and Satellite Sam, with more Casanova on the way and even some Adventure Time with his son, it's not like Matt will be actually out of work.

It's just… damn. I'm going to miss that hawk guy.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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