Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:
Walking Dead #177
The Wild Storm #12
Shade, the Changing Woman #1
The Wicked + The Divine #34
East of West #36
-GOODBYE GOODBYE, OUR LITTLE HAWKEYE
Kelly Thompson’s time on Hawkeye wasn’t as objectively good as Matt Fraction’s, but that’s a nigh impossible benchmark to reach. But there’s a more important metric by which to measure this, and that’s how much we liked Kate Bishop.
Fraction gave Clint Barton a singular identity that elevated him from “guy who is real good at arrows” to “damaged human trying his best, and failing at every turn.” Kate was cool, professional, and better than Clint in every way. In a fashion, Matt Fraction wrote Kate Bishop the way Barton had been written; a hero to aspire to be more like. And while Kate’s solo arcs showcased her youth and inexperience keeping her from truly being flawless, Clint was always there in the background making her look fabulous.
Thompson took Kate and expanded on her tenacity, and focused on what makes her cool through the lens of her own insecurities. She got to be the hero who couldn’t get things right but refused to show it, and more importantly refused to give in. Kelly Thompson deepened her rivalry with Madam Masque, let her have friends who weren’t Clint Barton for once, and changed her relationships with her parents in some truly exciting ways.
I am thrilled that this isn’t the end. I don’t know what form Hawkeye will take in August when it returns, but I’m grabbing onto it with both hands and jumping for joy. By the end of this story, Kate Bishop was an emotional underdog that I couldn’t help but root for. I can’t wait to do it again.