STAFF PICKS :: HAWKEYE 22 :: WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015

July 10, 2015 at 11:00 am By:

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seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: HAWKEYE 22: Okay…this looks bad. I’m not entirely sure why Marvel supposedly held up the publication of the Matt Fraction/David Aja finale, or why they decided to start a new (or rather, All New) Hawkeye series before the acclaimed previous run finished. Whatever the reasons, this week we finally get the opportunity to celebrate the work of Fraction and Aja on this theĀ last issue of their impressive series.

Heroes customers and readers of this blog know well that I’ve long championed Hawkeye. Until the Fraction/Aja run, the character was mostly a laughable everyman with seemingly little narrative or aesthetic value. For the past three years, that assumption has been proven wrong time and time again. Both creators exhibited a range of narrative and visual deft. Fraction wove non-linear plot lines, callbacks and deep character studies through Aja’s Mazzuchellian visual motifs and panel layouts. The pair took a fairly bland archetypal concept and elevated it to high comic art. They reminded us of the potential of comics, superhero or otherwise.Ā hawkcvrs

I could writeĀ endlessly about why this series is so impressive, but this is, after all, simply a Staff Pick. If you want to enjoy a thorough and criticalĀ reading of this series, I’d encourage you to link HERE toĀ the brilliant article on The Comics Journal by our friend and HeroesCon panelist, Craig Fischer. Craig digsĀ into closeĀ detail about the many highs and occasional lows of this epic series, and will give you an even greater appreciation for just how unique a work itĀ has been. Thanks, Matt and David, for a remarkable series. Hopefully we’ll see the two of youĀ team up again before too long.

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