OLD MAN HAWKEYE #2 brings the pain and violence. If you're a fan of Clint hating himself as he seeks revenge, you should definitely be reading this series. Plus, the artwork from Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa is nothing but superb.
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After a strong first issue, OLD MAN HAWKEYE #2 paces itself and builds up the playing field. Ethan Sacks holds nothing back with the gore in this comic book. Even Hawkeye himself doesn’t falter at killing an enemy: much like Old Man Logan, this is an aged hero who has little time for split morals. That being said, the artwork delivered from Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa is superb, making OLD MAN HAWKEYE #2 a strong second issue.

The Hunt is on for Clint Barton

OLD MAN HAWKEYE #2 begins with the man (Jebediah) who hired Hawkeye in the debut issue. This time, though, Jebediah is home with his wife and kids, rather paranoid about his future. His wife assures him that their children will protect them, but he’s not so sure. He begs her to agree to leave town, but at that moment, the mystery villain from last issue (Bullseye?) shows up at the house, killing Jebediah’s children before the couple even notices. He requests the whereabouts of Hawkeye, all the while fidgeting with a playing card. Jebediah tries a fast one on the man, who throws the card right into his jugular, giving Jebediah just enough time to write out the location of Hawkeye with his own blood.

Now, as stated, this issue doesn’t hold back. It’s quite gory, and later in the issue, Hawkeye infiltrates a sort-of strip club to find Orb. During their encounter, Ethan Sacks gives us some flashbacks to work with. Hawkeye, amongst his dead comrades, finds himself still alive because he’s not a “real hero” to worry about. After this flashback, Orb (hesitantly) explains to Hawkeye his eye only notices world-changing events, and because the “important heroes” are dead, well, nothing major is happening.

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Clint doesn’t take much offense to this, but I certainly loved it. The fact that he retells it to Orb shows that it had an impact on Clint. Even in a standard universe comic, the role of the archer is always a bit questionable when green-skinned giants and men in space suits are whipping around the air. It’s clearly a chip on Hawkeye’s shoulder, and Sacks delivers it well.

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The Little Details Make This Comic

Something Sacks also delivers well is the Wild West vibe of the story. There’s a certain moroseness about The Wastelands (as we’ve seen in OLD MAN LOGAN), but here Sacks gives it a bit more life in the non-rural area. We’re clearly in the future. But like the Steampunk genre, classic qualities are given to the setting. This is expanded upon in OLD MAN HAWKEYE #2 with the Wild West strip that leads up to Eye Candy, the strip club where Orb resides.

At the end of OLD MAN HAWKEYE #2, Clint winds up looking for Arcade (because of Orb’s ‘willingness’ to help), and the issue ends with Clint stepping on a flyer advertising a Sentinel as the tallest man. This is super cool for two reasons. The first being Arcade is one of the most brilliant villains in comics and opens the door to so many awesome and intriguing storylines. The second being that, again, we’re given a classic early Twentieth Century feel with the carnival flyer and old-school traveling road show look. This has me very excited for issue #3.

The Artwork of OLD MAN HAWKEYE #2

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Andres Mossa’s colors give the majority of OLD MAN HAWKEYE a very hazy feel. It’s very similar to his work with Andres Sorrentino during Jeff Lemire’s OLD MAN LOGAN run. This helps give The Wastelands consistency amongst titles. But Marco Checchetto is not Andres Sorrentino and gives OLD MAN HAWKEYE his own artistic vision. The dryness of The Wastelands bleeds through the artwork in both stories.

However, with Checchetto, it appears that he focuses more on details instead of exaggerating certain scenes like Sorrentino. For example, the dinner table in Jebediah’s home has specifically placed cups and plates. Checchetto even labels the Bourbon Orb and Hawkeye share. Sorrentino, on the other hand, focuses more on atmospheric looks that give a different level of meaning to his drawings. Both have their benefits, and both deserve praise.

I particularly like the image above with the red sky. It’s a flashback scene, and it really gives the impression that Hawkeye himself sees this memory in red. His friends and allies have died: what’s he to do now? The coloring of Andres Mossa never ceases to impress me.

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What to Expect in OLD MAN HAWKEYE #2

What is there to expect? I’m praying Murder World is utilized for more than an issue. I would love to see Hawkeye weaving in and out of Arcade’s traps. I’m also hoping those hunting Hawkeye (Bullseye, Venom) wind up colliding and actually don’t get along. It’s a bit of a cliche, but it’ll make for a mess of fun. This is especially true after learning Bullseye doesn’t exactly get along with Red Skull, evidenced by the constant “unread” messages from the Nazi himself on Bullseye’s scanner.

If anything, issue #3 is sure to pack a strong punch just like OLD MAN HAWKEYE #2!

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