July 10, 2015 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks


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 the¬†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.¬†hawkcvrs

I could write¬†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 critical¬†reading of this series, I’d encourage you to link HERE to¬†the brilliant article on The Comics Journal by our friend and HeroesCon panelist, Craig Fischer. Craig digs¬†into close¬†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 it¬†has been. Thanks, Matt and David, for a remarkable series. Hopefully we’ll see the two of you¬†team up again before too long.



November 04, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks


seth_smlSETH’S PICK :: HAWKEYE HC VOL. 1: It’s true, I’m writing about Hawkeye again, but for good reason. ¬†This week you can pick up a large format hardcover collecting the first eleven issues of the acclaimed series. ¬†There are several reasons why I think this is a worthwhile idea. ¬†First is the oversized format, which allows you to enjoy David Aja’s work on a larger scale. ¬†Secondly, you get all of Matt Fraction’s best Hawkeye stories (Pizza Dog, Hurricane Sandy) in a single volume. ¬†And thirdly, this is a mainstream comic that manages to not only deserve all its critical acclaim, but ¬†still understand the importance of being entertaining. ¬†After writing about this book for this blog several times in the past year, moderating the Hawkeye panel at this past year’s Heroes Convention, and talking about the title’s merits to anyone who would listen, maybe it’s time I stopped my unabashed promotion of it. ¬†Then again, it’s hard to not write or talk about good comics. ¬†Ultimately, this hardcover is an expansive way to enjoy one of the year’s best series.



STAFF PICKS :: HAWKEYE #11 :: JUNE 26, 2013

June 21, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

SETH’S PICK :: HAWKEYE #11: I’ve long extolled the virtues of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye on this blog, in the store, and just about anywhere else I get the chance.¬† If any of you caught the Hawkeye panel at HeroesCon, you probably saw why I (and so many¬†others) enjoy this book.¬† There’s something unabashedly joyous about how these two creators continue to push each other’s creativity.¬† That iron-sharpens-iron mentality is on full display in this week’s issue #11. [Here’s a condensed version of all you need to know to appreciate this issue.¬† Hawkeye is about the avenging archer¬†Clint Barton on his days off, when he’s away from his world-saving exploits.¬† In the first issue,¬†Clint fed a dog some pizza.¬† That dog later saved his life, and was nearly killed in the process.¬† Clint then saves the dog’s life, and adopts him.¬† The dog’s collar showed that his name was Arrow, but Clint thought that was a little hokey, so he changed it to Lucky.¬† Still, Clint and just about everyone else know Lucky as Pizza Dog.] Getting back to that display of creativity that I alluded to earlier, this issue is told entirely from the perspective of Pizza Dog.¬† That means all the language in the book will be seen as a dog hears it, with only words he commonly hears highlighted.¬† This issue also deals more with scent thanks to Pizza Dog’s status as – you know – a dog.¬† All these things alone should pique your interest for this particular issue, but even more, David Aja’s work on this one suggests he not only read Chris Ware’s acclaimed Building Stories, but decided to channel it into a Marvel comic. ¬†Needless to say, this is not only entertaining, but maybe even a little envelope-pushing.¬† With storytelling like this, it’s no wonder Hawkeye received 5 Eisner Award nominations this year.¬† I’m betting they’ll bring at least a couple home.¬†



December 26, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks


Favorite Superhero Book of 2012: I admit I am in the tank for Matt Fraction, David Aja, Javier Pulido and Matt Hollingsworth’s new Hawkeye comic series. It’s more 70’s action movie comic than superhero book so I kind of feel like I’m cheating by picking it in the superhero category. It’s a great book though and it stars an Avenger that everyone knows from comics and movies so I think it’s fair. Also, I just heard Jesse Hamm is drawing an issue or two in 2013 and that guy kills too so grab Hawkeye before it goes away like all things this good do. (more…)



October 15, 2012 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

Seth’s Pick :: Hawkeye #3: You’re a normal guy who happens to have a pretty high profile day job.¬† It just so happens it’s a high stress, high risk gig.¬† Your co-workers include a big guy who walks around like he’s a god, an old soldier who casts a shadow on everyone, and a rich man-child who can build or blow up whatever he wants.¬† After a long day, you go home to your modest little apartment, pet the dog, and maybe grab a bite to eat with some neighbors grilling on the roof.¬† You try to keep¬†your head down, but you can’t help sticking your nose into other¬†people’s business when you know they’re up to¬†no good.¬† You’d like to kick back, have another beer, and ignore your conscience, but you can’t help yourself.¬† Sometimes you bring work home with you even when you’re out of the uniform.

Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye is a fine comic, plain and simple.¬† It’s not too late to read one of the best monthly comics (superhero or otherwise) on the shelves.



September 04, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

HEATHER’S PICK :: HAWKEYE #2: I read Hawkeye #1 at Seth’s insistence and wasn’t really expecting to enjoy it.¬† My forays into the Avengers are generally short with rapid retreats.¬† Color me surprised to not only enjoy Hawkeye #1, but to add it to my reading list each month.¬† David Aja’s art is beautiful, especially his covers, and Matt Fraction is crafting an interesting story about Hawkeye that seems to paint him a little in the vein of a modern day Robin Hood.¬† The first issue also managed to spin off at least two twitter accounts with @PizzaDog and @LandlordBro.¬† This issue promises the return of Kate Bishop, who is apparently a fan favorite I will need to learn more about.





July 29, 2012 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

SETH’S PICK :: HAWKEYE #1 : I catch a lot of grief from fellow staffers for my unabashed love for¬†Hawkeye. Regardless of what you think of the character, it’s worth pointing¬†out that this series marks the return of the Matt Fraction/David Aja creative team. Their Immortal Iron First series still stands up after a few¬†years, and they should offer up a worthwhile take on the Avenging Archer.


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