Tuesday, 13 January 2015

This Book could be Ours (1): Hawkeye Volume One: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction, David Aja and Javier Pulido

Hawkeye Volume One: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction, David Aja and Javier Pulido
First in the Hawkeye Marvel NOW! run
Genres: Graphic Novel, Adult Fiction
Published: 19th March 2013
Publisher: Marvel
Length: 136 pages
Format: Trade Paperback Kindle Ebook
Source: Brought from Kindle Amazon

Tell me more, tell me more...

What does Clint Barton do when not being superhero Hawkeye for The Avengers? Get into trouble whilst helping others of course! Follow Clint's misadventures aided by fellow Hawkeye Kate Bishop.

Why did I read this?

I've been wanting to try out a current Marvel comic series for a while now, but didn't know where to start. After reading up on Panels, I decided My Life as a Weapon was a good place to start, due to critical acclaim and knowing from The Avengers who Clint Barton is.

What I liked:

Clint Barton: I really don't know what I was expecting from the hero. I mean, he didn't really have a big part in The Avengers - pretty much all we saw was him being brainwashed! Maybe I expected a hint of sass Ironman style? 

In retrospect this quality would have greatly impaired Barton's character. His outward stoic, tough, in usually in control nature contrasts well with his sometimes insecure thoughts, reminding the reader that although he's an Avenger, he's only human.

I also liked the hints of Barton's back story Fraction gave, like that this Hawkeye grew up in a circus. These little tidbits made me want to delve into Barton's other appearances in comics.

Kate Bishop: I can't believe there's a female Hawkeye that I previously knew nothing about! She's just as skilled using a bow and an arrow and does she do so! I love her sharp one-liners and dedication to helping her counterpart. I love that the two Hawkeyes share the series focus equally. The last issue of this trade paperback shows Bishop's and Barton's first meeting, as well as a glimpse into The Young Avengers. Again, the hints at Kate's past enticed me to read up on it.

The artwork: In one word it is STUNNING! Aja's covers for each issue are brilliant in all their stark geometrical glory. Pulido's artwork suits the story's tone perfectly in its sketchy outlines of people, objects and muted colours, with the obvious exception of purple. The touches of this colour popped out effectively, highlighting the Hawkeyes' in their surroundings. I now immediately associate the colour purple with this series.

Who might like this?

Newbie comic readers like me looking for a familiar character to follow at the start of a new series. Familiar comic readers would also enjoy this trade paperback for its well defined characterisation, and gorgeous artwork.

Final Thoughts:

A wonderful read! I'm looking forward to reading Volumes Two and Three very soon.

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