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Rapid Fire Review–Hawkeye: Freefall #1 (2020)

I’m back! Well…for a limited time only. It’s hard to write when you’re a full-time worker and full-time graduate student. So, today, I will write a brief review of the first issue of Marvel’s Hawkeye: Freefall. The series was written by Matthew Rosenberg and drawn by Otto Schmidt. It went only for six issues total. I’m reviewing the story and writing as I don’t know shit about art.

In the first issue, Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, is living a good life. He’s dating a doctor and he has plenty of money. The comic does tie back to Matt Fraction’s stellar run on Hawkeye. Clint has become wealthy because he sold the apartment building that he stayed in from Fraction’s run. His life comes to a halt as someone is running around New York dressed as one of Clint’s former aliases–Ronin. Is it Clint or is it someone else?

Writer Matthew Rosenberg does a great job of capturing the essence of Matt Fraction’s run. Rosenberg crafts hilarious dialogue and it’s good to see Clint banter with his fellow Avengers. Along with these comedy elements, there are elements of mystery. The Avengers all want to know who this new Ronin is and they all think it’s Clint. Clint denies it and it seems to be that Clint is telling the truth. Ronin is going after villain The Hood and is trying to stop the villain’s operations. Why is Ronin going after him? Readers will find out in later issues. Also, the mystery of who Ronin is. In conclusion, this comic is a great start for a limited series that stars the avenging archer.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.

By Jordan Lash

My name is Jordan Lash. I write about gaming and comics.

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