Hawkeye : My Life as a Weapon (Marvel Now) Volume 1, Paperback

Hawkeye : My Life as a Weapon (Marvel Now) Volume 1 Paperback

4 out of 5 (21 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 136 pages, 1
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
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  • Category: Superheroes
  • ISBN: 9780785165620



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Hawkeye, one of the Avengers, is a very well-known marksman. His weapon of choice is the bow and arrow. However, at the beginning of this series, it doesn’t look too good for Hawkeye, also known as Clint Barton. In this series, the readers will get to know what Hawkeye is like outside of the Avengers circle. He does work alone as a free-agent and even though he does not have super human powers or gadgets, he can do some major damage to save his friends. Although the words are relatively easy for readers, with so many flashbacks and backtracking, the readers might get confused on the order of the story. The illustrations bring the story to life, starting with the cover art. The cover art shows Hawkeye as an Avengers member; quiet, stealth, skilled marksman. However, once the book is opened, it takes you to the world of Clint Barton. All the pages are colored and drawn with elaborate detail. The readers will be able to see the characters’ facial expressions and feel their emotion. The comic also uses lots of sound effects and it makes it seem as if you can hear them. This is a great opportunity for readers to familiarize themselves with Clint Barton, the man behind the bow and arrow. If you became a fan of Hawkeye through the Marvel Universe movies, this is a must-read. He has a great story to tell. This is the first issue of many issues to come.

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That was very enjoyable. A little on the silly side but still very enjoyable.

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This is a collection of the first 5 issues of Hawkeye, with a bonus issue of Young Avengers thrown in for good measure. I confess that I know these characters primarily from Marvel movies. I further confess that I've read very few comic books. Don't hold this against me. I really enjoyed this book. There were times that the speed of the action and the story was so fast that I felt like I was just bouncing from fight to fight and not really learning anything about the characters. I think that may just be characteristic of the medium though. Thankfully, that wasn't the case throughout. Issues 4 and 5 are two parts of a longer story, which gave a little more breathing room for the audience to learn a bit more about Clint and Kate. BTW, I love Kate. She kicks ass. I dig that they keep the purple theme going throughout: Clint's always wearing some purple. Always. Little things like that make me smile.This brings me to the bonus issue of Young Avengers #6 (also written by Matt Fraction), which introduces Kate as Hawkeye. This seems to take place in a different time from the Hawkeye comic, in that Clint is now Ronin and they talk of Captain America as though he has passed. Bonus points for the Mythbusters reference in Young Avengers #6. Also, we see the home base of the older Avenger crew and Spiderman is hanging upside-down playing video games. All the others there are in street clothes; he's the only one still in costume (or would that be uniform?) Because why wouldn't he stay in costume so that he could hang upside to play video games. Duh!All in all, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next volume.

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My experience with Marvel Now has been that the individual hero series are exceptionally strong, like Captain Marvel, and the team series, like New Avengers, are not as good. Hawkeye continues this trend with another outstanding solo series.First off, I love that this story has both Hawkeyes – Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, of Young Avengers. It’s fun to see him as a mentor to a protégé, balancing his usual brash tactics with the need to look out for a less experienced partner. And she’s not just a side-kick; she can hold her own, even going so far as to pull his butt out of the fire more than once. It is she who described his life as a “car crash.” And it is that which makes him so relatable. He’s incredibly skilled, and an Avenger, but he makes crap decisions that constantly come back to bite him. Like the Black Widow series, this one follows him on his “down-time” from Avenging. He picks a fight with the Russian Mafia who are trying to force the tenants out of Clint’s building, and this starts an ongoing feud that will continue. In between, he has missions, he has hook-ups and break-ups, gets beat up, and saves the day. The art here is very different from what I usually see and difficult to describe. Though it’s not what I would usually like, it works perfectly for this character. Overall, this is an excellent series that I will definitely continue to read. Highly recommended.

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Oh Hawkeye, you sassy bitch. Both of you.Needless to say, I really enjoyed Clint getting his own outing, and I like Matt Fraction's work at first blush. I loved Kate Bishop's presence, having just read Young Avengers: Sidekicks and Family Matters. I liked the dog and if I ever go back to writing fic again, I'll work him into it somewhere. I loved Clint's smart mouth (and Kate's).I don't want to think it over too much, though. It was fun, but lacking in much to get hold of. I mean, Clint randomly tries to buy someone's car, then has sex with her and lets his guard down enough that he gets knocked out while she's kidnapped. I know half the point of Hawkeye is that he doesn't have powers, and of course he's more fallible than Captain America, but that seemed off.

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