Review – Hawkeye: Freefall #1 Brings Clint Barton Back In Style

by Tony Thornley

Clint Barton is one of the Marvel Universe’s greatest heroes. He’s also a disaster of a human being, and Hawkeye: Freefall #1 shows how he can be both… while dealing with problems on multiple fronts.

Matthew Rosenberg, Otto Schmidt, and Joe Sabino begin the chronicle of Clint’s latest screw up.

Clint Barton knows something is up with The Hood. And he does something about it. Naturally though, even after defeating The Hood, Clint screws up, and makes things much much worse. But before he’s done with the Hood, he discovers he’s also going to have to deal with a new Ronin as well…

With his second Hawkeye focused story, Rosenberg has quickly proven that he gets Clint Barton. He strikes a great balance between “Clint Barton – Human Disaster” from Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye and “Hawkeye – Avenger” from much of the character’s history prior to that seminal series. He creates a great pair of credible threats as well. Best of all is the interpersonal relationships that form the spine the story is based on. Every one of the characters Clint interacts with has an authentic connection with him that feels fully formed and real.

Schmidt’s work on art and colors does just as much, if not more, to bring the story to life. Clint first appears on panel with a smirk and a cup of coffee, and the accompanying caption (perfectly executed by both Rosenberg and Sabino) feels almost pleasantly surprised by the artistic choice. It’s just one example of the small things that bring the story to life. Schmidt’s fluid line sells the comedy and drama, and then changes gears for exciting action. 

This issue comes together in the end as the whole package. It’s funny, exciting, and packed with everything that makes a comic great. I hope this is just the first in a long series of Hawkeye adventures from this creative team.

Hawkeye: Freefall #1 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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