Written by: Kelly Thompson
Art by: Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire
Published by: Marvel Comics
Having not read anything Avengers related in quite some time, this new Hawkeye came as a bit of a surprise to me. The cover intrigued me because that was clearly not Clint Barton on the cover. I soon learned that Hawkeye #1 marks the solo series debut of one Kate Bishop, the other Hawkeye.
Kate’s story starts with her trying to work as a private investigator, even though she may or may not have the license to do so. She’s clearly new at this gig, which makes me think the series will follow Kate as she learns to balance her new line of work with her superheroine tasks.
The Hawkeye series is written by Kelly Thompson, penciled by Leonardo Romero, and colored by Jordie Bellaire. Thompson’s writing delivered a funny protagonist, and one who will make mistakes as the series progresses. Kate is clearly a strong character, but it is also understood she still has a long way to go as a superhero.
Artist Leonard Romero’s style for this comic is edgy, and fits the story rather well. His art reminded me a bit of Mike Allred and Michael Lark. Each panel is there for reason, and each one helps to movie the story along.
My favorite panels throughout issue #1 were the scenes where Kate is on her fist gig as a private investigator. She explores her surroundings, finds what she is looking for, and even has time to have a little fun with a local fisherman.
This new Hawkeye series is off to a promising start. I liked the characters, I liked the book’s premise, and I loved the creative team. After only one issue, I can’t wait to read more about Kate and her world. And I’m excited to see where the series will go from there.