OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1 is a wonderful first issue. Ethan Sacks does a fabulous job setting up the plot, and Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa create a visually stunning dystopian world. This series is a must!
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Outstanding First Issue

After the success of OLD MAN LOGAN, Marvel finally begins its new dystopian tale with OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1.

When this series was first announced, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I loved Jeff Lemire’s run on OLD MAN LOGAN and Mark Millar’s WOLVERINE run that introduced Old Man Logan still holds up today. However, this new series seemed like a reach. Did we really need more stories from this dystopian timeline? Was it necessary? Sure, Hawkeye appeared in Millar’s original run, but so what?

After reading OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1, however, it appears Ethan Sacks, Marco Checchetto, and Andres Mossa know what they’re doing. This is an excellent first issue.

The Plot Dives Right Into The Action

OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1 immediately places readers on their toes. We find Hawkeye offering protection to a Mr. Hammer. The two are ambushed by Madroxes, a group of inbreds deriving from the original Jamie Madrox. Apparently, Mr. Hammer had Hawkeye pushing Mutant Growth Hormone, and this pisses off Hawkeye. Luckily Hawkeye is able to take out his frustration on the duplicates.

The action is raw and gruesome here. Ethan Sacks and Marco Checchetto (GAMORA) do an excellent job showcasing what this Old Man Hawkeye is capable of: eyes are shot out, arrows are burrowed into foreheads, and shoulders are pierced. Except this last detail is a mistake: Hawkeye claims he missed when the Madrox runs away with the arrow in his shoulder.

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This causes Hawkeye to go see Doctor Temple, who confirms Hawkeye’s eyesight will be gone in months if not weeks. Her only advice? “There’s something you want to see, something you want to do… do it now.” These are hard words to swallow, but they spring Hawkeye into action and push the plot further into the series.

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Hawkeye winds up paying his daughter a visit. Their relationship seems tumultuous at best. He quickly leaves and heads to Logan’s farm where he offers a gift for Logan’s son. Logan sees through this and calls Hawkeye out on wanting his assistance for some type of revenge. Hawkeye eventually walks out (similar to how he walks out on his daughter) and leaves Logan to ponder some words. Meanwhile, the remaining Madrox comes across a symbiote, and a villainous sharpshooter winds up inspecting the Hawkeye/Madrox showdown: Bullseye

There Is Much To Digest In OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1

I love how much is going on in this issue. I dig Sacks delving right into action but quickly pacing out the rest of the story. It shows off Checchetto and Mossa’s artwork and demonstrates this series is ready to cut deep. What’s best, though? The fact that this story doesn’t focus on Hawkeye the entire time. I like that the rogue Madrox clone finds the symbiote; I like that Bullseye shows up in a despicable manner; it’s neat that other heroes like Spider-Man, Black Widow, and Luke Cage receive nods of recognition; and I particularly enjoy having a ‘younger’ Old Man Logan to gander at.

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This is exciting stuff! And important stuff at that. For if OLD MAN HAWKEYE is going to be itself and not an OLD MAN LOGAN imitation, it needs to differentiate itself as much as possible while also playing ball in the same universe. OLD MAN LOGAN spent more time focusing on the internal drama of Logan while OLD MAN HAWKEYE appears to spend more time world building.

The Artwork of OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1

As mentioned, Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa previously worked on GAMORA together. That was a beautifully portrayed series, so I’m excited to see what the two have in store for OLD MAN HAWKEYE. In this particular issue, I found the detail to be exquisite. When Hawkeye is shooting out arrows, you can really tell that thought was put into where each arrow hits. And then the character details of Hawkeye and the cast really bring them to life. Checchetto’s details — down to the facial wrinkles — really force the reader to stop and stare. Then there’s Mossa’s morose coloring adding the layers of depth a dystopian series truly needs. I can’t wait to see what else these two have in store.

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Final Thoughts on OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1

I’ll be the first to admit I had my doubts about this series. But after realizing Checchetto and Mossa are drawing this series, I found my excitement. The results only confirmed it, as did Sacks’ writing. The fact that this is a limited series also has me hopeful because it indicates a clear story is in the making: it’s not selling for the sake of selling. The only downside of this issue is perhaps the character of Hawkeye himself: he doesn’t entirely feel like Clint. Is this due to Hawkeye being broken? We’ll need to keep reading to know more.

Time will tell, but one thing is clear: OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1 is definitely worth the money and investment!

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