Hawkeye Freefall #1 / Writer: Matthew Rosenberg / Artist: Otto Schmidt / Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino / Cover: Kim Jacinto & Tamra Bonvillain / Publisher: Marvel Comics / Publish Date: January 1, 2019
A gang of baddies has gathered awaiting a new boss, The Hood, aka Parker Robbins. Our hero Hawkeye has placed himself in this group for two reasons. To point out how stupid this villain is for thinking he’s untouchable and to put the whole gang behind bars. Unfortunately, arresting someone and having justice exacted is not the same thing. If that wasn’t bad enough, someone is going around as Hawkeye’s other identity Ronin and causing chaos. Nothing is what it first seems in Hawkeye Freefall.
Quick Wit and Well Rounded
Anyone who likes Matthew Rosenberg’s writing will love Hawkeye Freefall. Rosenberg’s quick wit is accentuated in this snarky character and humor. This is not your MCU Hawkeye friends, this is the cocky, non-family man, pretty boy Hawkeye that comic readers love. That being said, we also get to see Clint’s need for justice, his bravery, and his slacker side. The character is well rounded and fun to read.
The story Rosenberg created is twofold. First, The Hood and the deal Hawkeye stopped. Why is The Hood so secure that he will succeed? Why does he seem to be baiting Hawkeye? The villain made enough of an impact that Clint is thinking about him in bed with his girlfriend the Night Nurse, a character that is a great addition to any story. Hawkeye is freefalling into what seems to be a trap of sorts.
Then Rosenberg adds two more great characters to lead into the story of the alternative Ronin on a killing spree. Rosenberg’s dialog is always great, but he excels when characters such as Bucky and Hawkeye are paired together. This was true in his Tales of Suspense series as well. Adding Falcon to the mix just adds another level of personality clash that engages and entertains readers. Not to mention creating a fascinating mystery that we will want to follow. We want to know who is behind that mask!
Otto Schmidt’s art and colors on Hawkeye Freefall supports the story well. The characters are drawn well with an angular style. Hawkeye himself is clearly good looking, well built, and charismatic. The Night Nurse’s “Hulk was right” nightshirt is genius and should be sold in stores. (I’d so wear that.)(Later entry, apparently Bobby, Iceman, wore it first.) The action scenes move well, and you can feel the tension. This tension is also clear on Kim Jacinto & Tamra Bonvillain’s cover. It feathers the character freefalling, while shooting, with a tight expression on his face. Again, the motion on the cover is as well done as the action inside the book.
Schmidt also excelled at his colorations of the book. The purple of Hawkeye’s signature color popped against the darkness of villainy. The red of The Hood’s costume also stood out, confirming the importance of the character. The gold of the alternate Ronin’s costume almost glinted in his first appearance, not to mention the fantastic colors of the sky in that panel. Schmidt’s coloring of Hawkeye Freefall was almost juicy, in the best possible way of the word. It made the art and story something you could sink your teeth into.
Overall, Hawkeye Freefall is fun!
Overall, Hawkeye Freefall #1 is a great introduction to a new chapter in the character’s repertoire and a lot of fun. Rosenberg and Hawkeye are a pairing made in heaven. I hope that the other strong personalities stick around as their tête-à-tête is a highlight of the book. Juicy is a word I’ve never used to describe color or art, but it is the feeling those deep colors evoked. I can’t wait to see what other art is produced on this book. I am interested in seeing where this mystery leads and how far down the rabbit hole Hawkeye may fall.
Verdict: 4.5 out of 5