Review: ‘Hawkeye: Freefall’ #4 And Clint’s Life Gets Complicated

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Kim Jacinto and Tamra Bonvillain

Clint Barton’s life has never been single. However, having a triple identity, his friends on the hunt for one of them, a villain mowing through the underworld, and a Life Model Decoy hanging out in his apartment, things have never been worse than in Hawkeye: Freefall #4.

Matthew Rosenberg, Otto Schmidt, and Joe Sabino make Clint’s life even more miserable in this issue.

The time travel device that has allowed Clint to be both Hawkeye and Ronin is broken beyond repair, which would get him out of the whole predicament… if it wasn’t for the Hood. Now he has to try to wear both masks, while his friends and family hunt him down, in order to stop the mobster. It couldn’t get worse… could it?

Rosenberg continues to weave a tangled web, but it’s complicated in a way that’s highly enjoyable and doesn’t cross the line into confusing. It might also be the best “Marvel universe” series out there right now, in the sense that Rosenberg is taking all the toys in the toybox out to play. Every time the reader might think he’s gone as far as he could go, he adds a Skrull duplicate or Night Thrasher. It’s fun but also an extremely good read.

Schmidt’s art continues to be an absolute delight as well. His lines are full of energy, even when the characters are just standing around. He keeps his layouts varied, driving the action forward continuously through his pacing on the page. His colors are also great, with a lot of reds that set the tone that Clint is in danger.

Things keep getting worse for Clint Barton. It’s one of the most enjoyable reads from Marvel right now, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Hawkeye: Freefall #4 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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