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Graphic Novel Review 212/365: Hawkeye Vol. 1: Anchor Points

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Title: Hawkeye Vol. 1 Anchor Points    

Author(s): Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, and Jordie Bellaire

Publisher: Marvel (2017)

Age Rating: 13+

I’ll be honest; this trade is six issues, and today, I’ve only had time to read the first three, and while I will read the rest, my review will only be about the first half of the book (three issues).

I love Kate Bishop.  I’ve loved her since the Matt Fraction Hawkeye run a few years ago.  She’s cool, funny, deadly, and in ways…very normal.  This title feels like an extension of Fraction’s Hawkeye without Clint Barton, so if that sounds good to you, you’ll dig this book.  Kate is great; early in the book she almost beats up a college lab worker for calling her “Sunshine,” until she discovers that the I.D. that she stole to get into the school’s lab is actually the I.D. of a girl named Sunshine.  Jokes like that work on a few levels, and I appreciate it.

The book starts with Kate opening her own private eye service in southern California, and after she takes her first case, the thread unravels, and we get tossed down a rabbit hole with Kate.  The writing and art are very familiar to what is going on in that older Hawkeye run: simple backgrounds, complex yet quirky dialogue, and nonchalant heroing.  The creative team does a cool thing fairly often in the book where we see things from Kate’s perspective and the page looks like a sort of computer hub analyzing and identifying important aspects of the scene.  I dig it.  We get a glimpse of what it’s like to scan the scene as an Avenger, reminiscent of an Iron Man hub.

Beat-em-up action with cool art and a splash of sarcasm and mystery will always be a hit with me.  The creative team of Thompson, Romero, and Bellaire is just a plus!

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