Hawkeye #21 Review: The Penultimate Issue
(A bit overdue with this review, but better late than never.)
Matt Fraction and David Aja’s first run of Hawkeye is nearing a close, and it is determined not to go gently into that good night. There is a bitterness and sense of inevitability even as the issue begins. I think I’m actually going to cry when the last issue drops, because I sure as heck was tearing up during this one a bit.
The sadness Clint shows in his interaction with Jess is heartbreaking. He still doesn’t have that high of a regard for himself, and now that he has lost his hearing, his self-worth seems to be flailing. That’s why he throws himself into the battle, he’s got nothing left but the fight. It’s very Dean Winchester of him. The battle of Bed Stuy has begun, replete with tracksuit goons, the creepy Clown, and all manner of barricades that bring to mind Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
Though unlike Kevin, Clint has help, though things don’t seem to be going too well (as usual) for Clint & Co. as the issue ends.
Fraction’s writing has been superb not only in this issue, but the whole series. Paired with Aja’s stunning art, yes, stunning. If you can’t see that, then you have problems. I want to wallpaper my flat with Aja’s work and nothing else. I love the way he draws and am not ashamed to admit it. Fraction has really brought something more to Hawkeye, and I am just blown away by this book every time.
Currently scheduled for April 22nd, Hawkeye #22 is the last in the series: “Hawkeye vs. Tracksuits – Final Round!” I’m hoping that we see the return of Kate Bishop, who will help save the day, and maybe a little hope for Clint. The guy needs a break, as well as a hug and some pie. Everything is better with pie.
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