New Worlds in Panels: Matt Fraction’s, David Aja’s, and Matthew Hollingsworth’s HAWKEYE

My latest column posted to PM yesterday, just in time for issue #3 of the new Hawkeye ongoing:

While one could go from seeing The Avengers to reading Hawkeye number one without missing a beat, for readers more familiar with the character’s history, it is notable that becoming comfortable with being a decent a human being, what that means and how you might do it, is exactly where Clint Barton is at the moment that Fraction, Aja, and Hollingsworth have picked him up for this series.

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3 thoughts on “New Worlds in Panels: Matt Fraction’s, David Aja’s, and Matthew Hollingsworth’s HAWKEYE

  1. If you enjoy comics offering “a smart and beautiful meditation and deconstruction of comics and superheroes” (, I do suggest you to read Animal Man. It’s my favorite New 52 series (along with Team 7), and it deconstructs the superhero mythology in many different and intriguing ways. For example:
    1) Superheroes tend to monopolize the attention of the reader, while Animal Man is constantly upstaged by the supporting characters of the series.
    2) Superhero comics usually don’t give much importance to the private life of their main character (they tend to focus only on the “costume on” part); in Animal Man, on the contrary, the private life of Buddy is the main theme of the series. In fact, it is rather infrequent to see Buddy with his costume on.
    3) Buddy is not perfect, and is not perceived as perfect by other people: in fact, in the 11th issue, when he tells his wife “It’s going to be okay”, she replies “Don’t give me anything of that superhero crap, Buddy.” That cut and thrust perfectly enlightens the philosophy of the series.

    • Thanks for the recommendation. I am currently reading only two of the regular ongoing titles from DC, one of which is Frankenstein, and had been thinking I might want to take a look at Animal Man because of the crossovers between those titles (fyi, the other book is Batwoman).

      • I didn’t read much of Batwoman, but each time I picked it up I was impressed by its wonderful art. “Batwoman Elegy” is one of the most beautiful comics I have ever read, from an aesthetic point of view – and story wasn’t bad, of course, since it was written by Greg Rucka, a man I will always look up to because of his amazing stories on Gotham Central. Thank you for your reply! : )

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