My introduction to Hawkeye was through the Avengers movies. I knew very little about the character prior to that and, frankly, didn’t find him all that compelling. I reluctantly picked up the 2013 comic book series a few years back and was pleasantly surprised by it. It was a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed. When I saw this graphic novel on sale, I was excited to read more of his adventures.
The stories in this collection predate the previous series I read. They don’t have the same tone or humour, and as such, I found it a little difficult getting into the book. I felt like I was missing a lot by not having read more of the character. I wasn’t sure who Mockingbird was, but they did fill in some of the holes for new readers.
The last few stories in the book were really good. In one of them, Hawkeye suffers a blow to the head that causes him to lose his vision. How can the world’s greatest marksman deal with that. Sight is everything for an archer. It was quite a compelling read.
Overall, I’d say this collection is better for people who have been fans of Hawkeye for years and have read some of his earlier adventures. I’d recommend starting with My Life as A Weapon for anyone just starting to read Hawkeye books.
This book collects New Avengers: The Reunion, Hawkeye & Mockingbird, Widowmaker, Hawkeye: Blindspot, Dark Reign: New Nation #1, Enter the Heroic Age #1, and Hawkeye & Mockingbird Sketchbook.
My List of 2019 Reads – my annual reading log with links to each title