The GeeksverseUltimate Comics Hawkeye #1

Ultimate Comics Hawkeye #1
Published on Thursday, September 1, 2011 by

Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Penciled by: Rafa Sandoval
Inked by: Jordi Tarragona
Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: VC's Clayton Cowles
Cover Art: A- Kaare Andrews; B- Neal Adams w/ Sunny Gho; C- Adam Kubert w/ Justin Ponsor
Assistant Editor: Sana Amanat
Editor: Mark Paniccia

Hawkeye is one of my favorite characters and Ultimate Hawkeye has always been hit or miss. When first debuted as part of Millar’s Ultimates, he was a bad-ass. Then as part of Jeph Loeb’s Ultimates he was stupid. Now he’s back to being closer to Millar’s version and I’m liking it.

Ultimate Hawkeye isn’t as light as normal Hawkeye. He’s grittier and darker. They are as much opposites as could be. Ultimate Hawkeye is closer to Dark Hawkeye (Bullseye posing as Hawkeye) then 616 Hawkeye. That’s not a bad thing in the Ultimate Universe which is shaping up to be darker, grittier and more hardcore then the regular universe.

This mini-series has been billed as being very important to the overall new direction of the Ultimate universe. And if you’ve been paying attention to what the new books are about, it’s fairly easy to see where the importance comes into it. The government of the Sear has created and unleashed a virus that renders the x-gene impotent. No more mutants. But they have created a serum that creates their own super humans. It’s an arms race that SHIELD can’t afford to be behind in.

Hickman keeps the story moving quickly. Even a flashback that is incredibly wordy still moves at a fast pace. The script is strong, keeping the concepts of the story grounded and easy to latch onto. Hickman’s stories in the new Ultimate universe feel alot like the early Millar and Ellis stories. He fits right into those niches before the Ultimate universe went off track.

The story is more about the plot then the character though. This isn’t a Hawkeye story so much as it’s a story featuring Hawkeye. The story is the serum and the person tasked with it is Hawkeye. I don’t see this has being a major exploration into the character. That doesn’t mean it won’t be a good Hawkeye tale.

Sandoval’s art is decent. There’s some strong panels here and there and what seems like a heavy Pacheco influence. It’s servicable art though, nothing overly exciting. It gets the job done and does a good job at it. Technically sound.

Ultimate Comic’s Hawkeye #1 receives
4 out of 5

Solid first issue that looks like it’ll be more vital to the ultimate universe as a whole then it will be to Hawkeye’s mythos.

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