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Nostalgia November Day 17 — Hawkeye #1

Each day in November, I will read and review/discuss/whatever one comic taken from a box of some of my childhood comics. Today, it’s Hawkeye #1.

The Nostalgia November archive can be found here.

hawkeye01Hawkeye #1 by Chuck Dixon and Scott Kolins was the beginning of the second solo mini-series dedicated to the character. Appearing shortly after Mockingbird died in Avengers West Coast #100, it has Clint up in the Canadian wilderness taking on hunters that aren’t ‘sporting’ enough for his tastes. If that sounds more like a Wolverine story, it comes off as one in execution. A brooding loner finding solace in the Canadian wilderness, fighting off hunters that use snowmobiles and shotguns to hunt caribou? If that isn’t a Wolverine story, I don’t know what is. It also works for Hawkeye, thankfully. But barely. The fact that his wife just died gives Dixon the freedom to do whatever he wants because you can write off almost anything when a person is grieving.

The execution of the idea is okay. After his run-in with the hunters, Hawkeye discovers a secret base/institution of some kind and it’s doing some freaky stuff involving wolfpeople… and it’s security team is headed up by Trick Shot and Javelynn, a pair that are basically evil versions of Hawkeye and Mockingbird. A nice idea… apparently Trick Shot trained Hawkeye, too. There’s some fighting and a helicopter blows up and it’s revealed that Viper is the one in charge. Not too bad, not that good either.

Scott Kolins’s art is quite different from where it is now. I kind of prefer it here. It’s more striking, uses blacks well, kind of has a Jae Lee Lite feel going on. The figurework isn’t always the best, nor is the storytelling, but the drawing itself is decent.

I never read the remaining three issues, but this one doesn’t really make me want to. Anyone have fond memories of this comic?

15 Comments

FunkyGreenJerusalem

November 17, 2009 at 10:52 pm

So the hunters hunter, becomes the hunted?

I love that cover; it’s so over-the-top in its 90′s-ness. SAME BAD ATTITUDE! BRAND NEW GRUDGE!, indeed. I suppose this would be a harbinger of psychotic ninja Clint Barton?

Also, “Shafted”. Tee-hee.

Man, I thought nostalgia was supposed to be a fond look at the past, but you’ve disliked almost every single comic so far. You’re probably just randomly pulling out issues, but can’t you at least try to pick out one you liked? The 90s weren’t the best era but there has to be some good issues you can review. Because seriously, this is the most depressing nostalgia I’ve ever suffered through.

But if you look at things in the past you liked, then you start to miss the good old times, and become depressed. If you instead look at bad things from the past, then you can be glad they’re gone. Yay!

That’s funny, I didn’t make it past the first issue of this series, either.

I think I missed the first issue, but I picked up one or two of the subsequent issues. They introduced a short feral ferret kind of sidekick for him created by the secret experiments. The battle between Hawkeye and his former mentor was probably the best part. I agree that they were decent-to-good issues, but not great. I enjoyed them, though not as much as Hawkeye’s first miniseries.

Hmmm. Didn’t realize that Scott Kolins was around that long.

I really enjoyed his Flash run back in the day.

I also only own this issue, and none of the following. I remember it being okay… but I think I prefer Kolins’ work these days. He cuts out the shadows now– my hazy memories tell me this comic was all shadows. But I can’t remember much about it.

i read the issue but decided not to go after the rest of the series for felt it was a little bit too dark due to use of shadows. not to mention Hawkeye seems the type who would go to a bar to drown his sorrows. then go hunting in the wilderness

Paul — It’s a catchy title that I came up with prior to rereading any of these comics. Don’t take it too seriously. Honestly, this is a box of very random books with the stuff I liked a lot getting put in a different box, usually because, if I liked it, I bought more than just a random issue. So, that does skew things. If I do this again, I’ll probably use a different box/different batch of books and may do storyarcs or spend more time on a single title to give an larger impression of it.

Also, I haven’t hated everything — and it’s not my intention to dislike these books, I’m just being honest about what I’m reading.

I think the over-sell on the cover is great, too. Everything in the ’90s was pumped up to 11, “long awaited,” and just ridiculously over-done. Even the crappiest of the crappy series got the over-hyped treatment. Ahhh, the ’90s….

As a Hawkeye fan, I kinda like this one…of course, I prefer ANY other solo Hawkeye adventures to this, and would LOVE more of those (even if the story is called “The High Hard Shaft” again).

I’ve read two Hawkeye #1s, but this isn’t either one of them. When I saw you were doing Hawkeye, I assumed it would be the first series, but I guess you’re not old enough for the ’80s nostalgia, huh?

During th 90′s, it was one of my favourite reads. So yes, yes I do.

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