REVIEW CORNER: Hawkeye # 1

Hawkeye # 1
Writer/Penciller: Mark Gruenwald
Inker: Brett Breeding
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Cover Date: September 1983
Now that the Disney+ series is three episodes in, I’ll kick off my series of Hawkeye reviews starting with the first issue of his limited series from 1983.

During this time, Clint Barton was working as head of security at Cross Technological Enterprises and found a glimpse of happiness in the form of Shelia Danning, the company’s head of public relations so for the most part, Clint has found comfort in his life even though he was not in the Avengers at this time; It doesn’t take long before Clint finds out something sinister at Cross Tech and goes to investigate. Clint soon comes face-to-face with Mockingbird who’s also wondering what illegal activities is Cross Tech into and right away…Clint’s perfect set-up begins to crumble before his eyes as he finds out Shelia Danning is behind the activities that are ruining the environment.

This opening issue is a great read and a wonderful way to display Clint’s solo adventures, but the first meeting between him and Mockingbird, as well as their chemistry that is put on view, is splendid and it also helps set the foundation for their relationship which many Avengers fans find endearing to this day. Mark Gruenwald’s writing is solid and he does a terrific job of finding Clint’s voice within this series and fleshes it out; From the heroic to the dramatic factors put into play, Clint truly comes alive under Gruenwald’s direction. I’m also surprised that he did the artwork for this series since he’s known for his writing, but with the aid of Brett Breeding’s inks, it’s completely stunning. Clint Barton’s first-ever limited series gave him quite the big impact and made him more of a supporting player but showed the readers that he can hold his own, with or without the Avengers.

Well, that’s it for me this week. I’ll be back with a new review so thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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