Friday, January 22, 2016

All-New Hawkeye #1 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

Lemire jumps right into it here, showing us Clint and Kate fighting in the present and the future.  In doing so, he really shows how great he is at writing emotions and relationships.

Each fight has an entirely different tenor from the other one.  In the first one, Kate asserts her independence from Clint.  He's disappointed because he thinks everything is going great, but Lemire makes it clear that he only sees it that way because their partnership revolves entirely about him.  He sees Kate as his only functional relationship, and she's tired of worrying about him, because they're not actually in a relationship and because it seems to be a one-way street.  It's heart-breakingly real.  Twenty years into the future, the roles are essentially reversed.  Clint is a recluse, but Kate approaches him to right a wrong from their past:  the Project:  Communion kids have killed 30,000 people in China (even though the public blames the Mandarin for it).  Unlike the first fight, Lemire doesn't make Kate's motives as clear here.  It's pretty obvious that she could've handled the mission by herself, since she's not only sitting on her own Batcave (the "Nest) and support staff (the "Hawkeyes"), but also enjoys a close relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D.  Is she trying to use the mission to draw out Clint?  She doesn't really seem like she cares that much to risk the operational insecurity that comes with bringing him into the mission.   But, we'll have to wait and see.

At any rate, it's a solid re-start.  Lemire doesn't go with a flashy reboot, like Slott did in "Amazing Spider-Man."  But, he also doesn't leave us confused about how we got to this point, as he has in "New Avengers."  We know exactly where we are and where we're going, and he assures us that this book remains about the Hawkeyes (and Pizza Dog).  For now, it's all I needed.

*** (three of five stars)

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