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.
We had a great time at The Eisners last night! Which winners are you favorites? Who do you think got snubbed? Let us know with a reblog, ask, or reply!
ComiXology’s Countdown To The Eisners!
The Eisner Awards are only a few days away, and to celebrate, we’re calling out a couple of our favorite nominees and putting them into the worlds that they created.
First up is Hawkeye dream team Matt Fraction (mattfractionblog) & David Aja hanging out with everyone’s favorite crime fighting canine, Pizza Dog!
(Art by Kate Kasenow!)
A comiXologist Recommends:
Mike Isenberg recommends Sex Criminals
by mattfractionblog and zdarsky
My recommendation for this week is Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky. And if I said that I wasn’t the least bit worried that recommending this book might make me look like some sort of a pervert or weirdo, I’d be lying. So it’s a testament to just how good the book is that I’m writing this recommendation anyways. And it definitely speaks to one of the major themes of the series, and exactly what makes Sex Criminals such a refreshing and interesting read.
Let’s get the basic premise out of the way, first. The book is about a woman named Suzie with the strange ability to freeze time around herself whenever she orgasms. When she meets a man, Jon, who has the same ability, they decide to use their power to go on a bank-robbing spree in order to save a library from foreclosure.
What makes Sex Criminals such a great read is the way it handles its subject matter (namely: sex and sexuality). It’s easy to see how the same premise, in the hands of lesser creators, could have been used to tell a titillating and exploitative story. Instead, Fraction and Zdarksy have used it to tell a deeply personal and human story of sexual awakening and discovery, in an incredibly funny, irreverent, and entertaining way.
Before they meet, Suzie and Jon both assume that they are alone in their orgasmic time-freezing ability. We see them as adolescents and young adults, trying to learn about their sexuality, and finding a world that doesn’t want to talk about it. While the rest of us may not have sexual super-powers, the story is nevertheless extremely relatable. The taboo around sexual discussion keeps people uninformed, confused, and ashamed about an intrinsic part of their own humanity. Sex Criminals tears away this taboo like a band-aid that has outstayed its welcome. And the way it does it is both endearing and laugh-out-loud funny.
Sexuality is universal, and yet so rarely is it openly discussed. It’s treated as a secret, something to talk about in whispers and keep in darkness. Sex Criminals shines a light on that darkness in a new and unique way. And standing in that light, I’m happy to recommend this book without hesitation. Go check it out!
This is awesome. ryanottley is awesome. You know what else is awesome? This Iron Fist Sale that’s going on right now. And this things got a bundle so if saving 56% is your kinda thing, then today is lookin’ pretty rad.
mattfractionblog + Ed Brubaker + David Aja + Matt Hollingsworth =
You know when you wake up, and the week feels like it couldn’t possibly get any longer, but then you realize it’s #NewComicDay and everything is going to be alright? Today is one of those days. Here are my picks for the week:
Saga vol. 3 - So much insanity happened in this last arc that I really can’t wait to go back and re-read all of it. If you’re one of the few that hasn’t jumped on the Saga bandwagon, now is a good chance to get all the way caught up before the new issue comes out in May. PS luv u oswald d heist.
Thor: God of Thunder #20 - Did you see how #19 ended?!?! Who’s ready to see Old Thor vs. Galactus. This guys is. That’s who!
Sex Criminals #5 -I’ll be the first to admit SexCrims4 fell a bit flat for me, but I just finished reading #5 and I guess the refractory period is over #ifyaknowwhatimsayin
Zero #6 - Ugh, just read Zero already, will ya? I can’t explain it, just take my word for it. And pay close attention TO EVERYTHING.
Ms. Marvel #2 - gwillow has the next comic book juggernaut on her hands, i tell u what. Issue #1 was so much fun, I can’t wait to read #2.
Letter 44 #5 - I heard so much buzz when this book first came out, but haven’t heard much since, but let me tell you something… THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE! It’s only 5 issues in so you can go and get caught up during your lunch break or something. Go!
According to the 3146947845647563847 posts on dash about it, it’s apparently Pi Day, so go out and spend an irrational (and non-repeating) amount of money on some great Image comics we’ve got for a Pi Day Sale!
Alex + Ada #1 = 99¢
Black Science #1 = 99¢
EGOs #1 = 99¢
Manhattan Projects vol. 1 = $3.99
Manhattan Projects vol. 2 = $3.99
Manhattan Projects vol. 3 = $9.99
Nowhere Men vol. 1 = $7.99
Mara = $9.99
Change (by aleskot) = $2.99
The Five Fists of Science (by mattfractionblog and about TESLA!) = $4.99
and MORE SCIENCEY COMICS for cheap!
If you haven’t purchased Sex Criminals #4 it was just recently reduced on Comixology. Get to it, Brimpers.