All-New Hawkeye #2 Review: Wunderkammer

Writer: Jeff Lemire   Artist: Ramón Pérez   Colorist: Ian Herring with Ramón Pérez (on watercolors)

Kate has discover Hydra’s secret weapon! While Clint continues to show us his past, he is struggling with the present. All this happens while readers’ decide who is the better Hawkeye.

Coming off an explosive first issue, Jeff Lemire, Ramón Pérez, and Ian Herring are looking to capitalize on another issue. Kate has discovered Hydra’s secret weapon! While Clint continues to show us his past, he is struggling with the present. All this happens while readers’ decide who is the better Hawkeye.

Lemire is doing wonderful things with this book. The second issue picks up right where the 1st left off, not only in story, but in momentum as well. Lemire lays down some very powerful words when telling Clint’s past. We get to see more of the abusive relationship he and his brother had and how it lead them down the road to their eventual future. You can feel the hatred in the father’s language, so much so that you almost don’t need visuals to know what is happening. The same themes are carried into the present-time scenes. We see the same abandonment and mistreatment of children but with huge consequence to their abusers, which might be foreshadowing for the present story. Lemire crafted the words of both stories to intertwine seamlessly. The dialogue in the present carries into the past and vice-versa, without making you feel you have to shift your perspective. It is just brilliant writing on Lemire’s part. Within the seriousness of the issue, there is some light humor to uplift the tone, such as Clint referring to Kate as “Hawkeye Jr”. It seems that Clint may also be using humor as a defense mechanism, just like a certain wall-crawler, which is how the book speaks to my interests.

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Pérez has shown us that he is an artist of many styles. If you are familiar with his work on Spider-Man: Learning to Crawl, you will know that his artwork had an early 60’s style. In Hawkeye, not only does he shows us 1 but 2 more different art styles he is capable of. The present story uses simple clean lines with a minimal approach that is similar to David Aja, who was the previous volume’s artist, and is still distinguishable. Pérez gives fans from the older series his own warm welcome to familiarity and originality. Then there is the past sequences, which are done with watercolors and have a unique story telling element. These panels, at times, bleed into each other just like the colors to show the interconnections of the story being told. I see these moments as fuzzy recollections of memory, but with a greater attention to detail drawing than the present. Pérez is making an already great book look even more spectacular, and I am loving every page of it. Herring does his own storytelling through colors with the black and white panels of the present. Those scenes are the moments in which Clint loses his hearing aid, and it shows you how he senses the world without it. It just shows how a simple choice of color can empower a story more.

Lemire and the art team have proven they can continue to kick Hawkeye up a level. I can tell you that I was not interested in Clint’s character before, but now this series has me hooked. Watching Kate and Clint’s adventure unfold is like a spectacular firework show that doesn’t end. Read this issue and series to see why Hawkeye never misses to impress.

Rating: 5/5

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