A comiXologist Recommends:
Jen Keith recommends Hawkeye #19
Bro. Hey, bro. It’s been a while, bro. New issue of Hawkguy, bro.
On the heels of winning an Eisner award for best single issue (see Hawkeye #11 with an additional Eisner award congratulations to writer Matt Fraction for Sex Criminals) comes Hawkeye #19, which manages to surpass my love for the pizza dog issue. Writer Matt Fraction (mattfractionblog) and artist David Aja (with an extra shout out to Chris Eliopoulos on co-lettering with Aja) continue to push the boundaries with this shiver-inducing exploration of deafness in comics.
Remember that heart-wrenching cliffhanger in issue #15? It’s time to finally find out what happened to Clint and his brother, Barney. With ear damage after an attack by a hitman, Clint’s world is suddenly much quieter. This isn’t Hawkeye’s first experience with being deaf; he lost his hearing back in a Hawkeye mini-series in 1983, and this issue looks into a stint during his childhood as well. We get a peek at Barney and Clint’s history and how their past parallels their present. Stunningly, we get most of this in a beautiful display of body and sign language.
The way this issue unfolds is entirely unique to the medium; you could not find this story told this way in anything other than a comic. It reads like the moments in movies when the soundtrack falls away into a vacuum of silence that drowns out everything, leaving you absorbed completely in the visual narrative. However, because this is comics, that silence is illustrated through a clever use of lettering and lack thereof along with “unsubtitled” sign language. The reader experiences the world on mute with Clint as he struggles to adapt and overcome his condition and its instigators.
After finishing this issue, I had to reread it because the pacing was so smooth despite the staccato panels of sign language and action that I couldn’t believe it was over. I was devastated, wanted more, and all I could think was, “Aw, comic, no.”
Grab your coffee carafe and some pizza, and go read Hawkeye #19. Ok, bro?
Jen Keith is a Digital Editor at comiXology, comic artist, music addict, and ate enough pizza recently to satisfy even Lucky the pizza dog.
Where to start reading Kate Bishop?
Let’s start with her first appearance in Young Avengers vol. 1 #1 and then continue on with that volume.
- Young Avengers vol. 1
- Young Avengers Present Patriot #1
- Young Avengers Present Hawkeye #6
- Civil War
- Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways
- Winter Soldier: Winter Kills
- Civil War: The Initiative #1
- Civil War: Fallen Son
- Secret Invasion
- Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers
- Avengers: The Initiative
- Dark Reign: Young Avengers
- Mighty Avengers #21-36
- Siege: Young Avengers
- Avengers vol. 4 #1
- I Am an Avenger #1
- Avengers The Children’s Crusade
- Young Avengers vol. 2
- Hawkeye Marvel Now!
Also check out Ultimate Spider-Man (#12) for a younger version of Kate.
This is the Kate Bishop reading list. Well done!
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If you’re a bit thrown off by the numbering, have no fear MattyFrac (can I call you MattyFrac??) drops some knowledge right here:
hello mr fraction i’m a bit confused and hoped you could explain why hawkeye 15 seems to?? not exist?? the last issue was 14 and the one going to be released wednesday is 16, but 15 isn’t out? have i just missed something super big? thank you very much
very simply: 16 was done and 15 isn’t yet, so rather than extend the delay, wacker thought, hey, why not ship what’s ready to go. so you get two stand-alone kate stories back to back with the fabulous annie wu, then david’s 15, “Fun and Games.” there’s still two more annie issues and a VERY SPECIAL issue drawn by our letterer extraordinaire, Chris Eliopoulos, and way more David.
Also if you do not scream your goddamn head off after what happens on the last page of 15 i am not doing my job properly. (via mattfractionblog )