The GeeksverseHawkeye: Blind Spot #1

Hawkeye: Blind Spot #1
Published on Thursday, February 17, 2011 by

Written by: Jim McCann
Art by: Paco Diaz
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Letters: VC's Clayton Cowles
Cover Art: Mike Perkins
Assistant Editor: Rachel Pinnelas
Editor: Tom Brennan

This is a good issue for new readers to jump into the life of Hawkeye. And it’s a good issue for long time Hawkeye fans. Alot of the issue is taken up with flashbacks, telling the life story of Clint Barton. It’s a very well done flashback and origin. The flow of the flashback feels natural. It’s well paced and well laid out.

It works for new readers because they learn how Hawkeye came to be. For the older fans it’s a well done refresher on the life of our favorite archer. The thrust of the story is that an injury that Clint sustained during Widowmaker is making him go blind. And for someone that relies on his sight so much, there’s no greater then to fear.

And Clint deals with it in typical Clint fashion. He gets angry and he jokes. Mockingbird isn’t on hand in this issue, but I’m looking forward to the scene between them when Clint tells her what is wrong with him.

The appearance of Trickshot brings the story full circle and sets us up for the confrontation to come in the later issues. Zemo is an interesting choice of villian. I’ve never thought of him as a Hawkeye villian, always Captain Americas. But he doesn’t seem out of place in wishing Hawkeye dead. There was that time that Hawkeye replaced Zemo in charge of the Thunderbolts.

The new Trickshot has ties to Hawkeye’s past and it’ll be interesting to see who it ends up being.

McCann has done a nice job with this first issue, giving us a conflict, setting up a problem to overcome and even giving an origin story.

I had gotten used to seeing McCann’s Hawkeye stories drawn by Dave Lopez so I was surprised when Paco Diaz got this job. I’m a Diaz fan but I wondered how he’d do in the place of Lopez. He does a very good job. His style seems a little different. Perhaps it’s because he’s inking himself. The figures aren’t quite as rounded or out of proportion as they normally are.

Hawkeye: Blindspot #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

An excellant start to another adventure of the Avenging Archer.

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