Most of this week’s number ones were good, but they were mostly set up. Matt Fraction and Alexander Aja started Hawkeye with a strong first issue and each one has just gotten better. This issue, the climax of a two-parter, might be some of their best work together yet.
Essentially, both get to show off in their own way. Fraction writes a caper that’s by turns hilarious, ridiculous, and sad. The story centers around a tape that shows Hawkeye just flat-out assassinating a bloodthirsty dictator in spectacularly brutal fashion.
So, Clint has to buy it back, at an auction with all of his most hated enemies. And using SHIELD’s credit card.
Yeah, this does not go according to plan.
Perhaps the best moment in the issue is a monologue a villain delivers about cigarettes and quitting smoking. It’s simultaneously threatening and hilarious, offering a brilliant insight into a character whose job in the story was to get beaten up.
Aja, meanwhile, is enjoying every minute of this. To avoid spoilers, here’s just one example of the fun he’s having throughout:
Marvel’s creative teams are doing some very strong work right now; this week’s launch of Thunderbolts revealing a team of Deadpool, the Punisher, Venom, Red Hulk, Elektra and Mercy, for example. But this is still easily among the best written, and most joyous. It’s not just some of the best superhero comics on the stand. It’s some of the best comics, period.
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