Reading List: Hawkeye #11

Clint and Kate take a backseat to their four-legged companion

From the very beginning of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s run on the title, Hawkeye has been a strange, dark, wonderful thing. On paper, the story of the book revolves around Clint Barton’s life when he’s not running around as his superhero alter ego but it goes so much deeper than that.

The book is as much about Clint and it is about the people in his life, including his teenaged sidekick, protégé, and former Young Avenger Kate Bishop, his on-again, off-again girlfriend Jessica Drew (otherwise known as Spider-Woman), Clint’s less-than-heroic brother Barney, and (arguably the most important character of the book) the trusty, loyal Pizza Dog, also known as Lucky.

Lucky the Pizza Dog, art by David Aja

A typical day for Lucky begins with Clint and Kate arguing, dealing with their loss the issue prior, followed by a journey throughout the apartment that the characters live in. This is the point where the issue really takes off as we’re presented with a sea of icons and gorgeous line art representing Lucky’s path, analysis and findings of the world around him. What dialogue he does have with humans is primitive and garbled, essentially what we assume most dogs understand of us. Words that he is familiar with appear clear and easy to read while the rest of the bubbles are illegible. It’s a clever trick by the creative team that’s taken to the next level by their ability, together, to tell a very clear, extremely entertaining tale with a very minimal amount of dialogue.

The art of the book is incredible. There’s no end to the great things that can be said about the work of artist David Aja, who worked previously with Matt Fraction on The Immortal Iron Fist, so we won’t even go there. Needless to say, even just looking at some of the art throughout this article, you can tell the guy’s got more talent than he knows what to do with although it would be unfair to not mention Matt Hollingsworth’s colours which give every issue a real gritty feel that complements Aja’s art perfectly. The icing on an already delicious cake.

Clint and Lucky, art by David Aja

In many ways, you don’t even have to be following the rest of the series to make sense of what’s happening in this issue but you’ll certainly get more out of it if you have. Really, there’s no reason not to have read this series from the get go, many of the points I’ve brought up here can be applied to the series as a whole.

If you want to read this Hawkeye #11, a digital version will set you back $1.99 or, if you have a subscription to the service, Marvel Unlimited features this issue, along with almost every issue of the series, within their catalogue. If you’re more of a print person, this issue is included in the second volume of the series, which you’ll find on Amazon for a more than affordable price.

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