The GeeksverseHawkeye: Blindspot #4

Hawkeye: Blindspot #4
Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 by

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

This is more then the end of the latest Hawkeye mini-series, it’s the start of a new era for Hawkeye. It doesn’t really wrap up any loose ends from previous Hawkeye series, the Mockingbird relationship still open and unresolved, but it does give Clint Barton a new place to start.

He’s got money now and a base to work from. And he knows he’s not alone. The last page does good at showing the people in Hawkeye’s “network” as well as some that are odd choices. Ares? Hawkeye never interacted with him and he’s dead. I’m glad that Mockingbird is still featured promiently.

The return of Barney Barton serves as a good mirror for Clint. His brother is what he could have been but he chose a better path. Clint resolves two confrontations in this issue. Both come to an end, including the long outstanding promise by Zemo, but both paths are open for future encounters.

McCann once again shows that he gets Hawkeye. It’s a shame there are no more Hawkeye stories coming from McCann, at least right now. His “origin” for the return of Barney makes sense. It’s a retcon, but it’s a well done retcon. This is the way retcons should be done.

Diaz’ art is decent. I don’t think he’s the best artist for Hawkeye. He’s a bit too stiff to catch the fluid movements of the Avenging Archer. But there are alot worse artists out there, so Diaz isn’t bad at all. I’m not a big fan of the new Trickshot design, especially the mask, and hopefully the next time the character shows up, the mask will be missing or changed.

Hawkeye: Blindspot #4 receives
4 out of 5

A nice wrap-up to the mini-series that gives Hawkeye a place to start fresh from.

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