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Week of Cool Comic Book Moments – Hawkeye Shows Off His Trick Arrows

Beginning now through Sunday, every day will see me feature a brand-new Cool Comic Book Moment. For this week only, I’ll be specifically featuring cool moments that happened in the last couple of years (basically since I last did the Year of Cool Comic Moments). Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far.

Today we take a look at a great moment from Matt Fraction, David Aja and Matt Hollingsworth’s Hawkeye #3…

The issue is told out of chronological order, but if you were to get to the beginning of the timeline of the issue, it begins with Clint “Hawkeye” Barton trying to organize his trick arrows along with Kate “Hawkeye” Bishop. Kate doesn’t seem to give his trick arrows the respect Clint feels that they deserve…

Clint goes off to find some tape to label each of the arrows but he gets sidetracked and instead ends up being chased by a bunch of bad guys (the events that lead to him being chased are quite interesting in and of themselves, and they include a smiling Hawkeye head being used to cover up Clint’s exposed junk) with Kate driving and Clint shooting unlabeled trick arrows at the bad guys…

“Acid arrow,Kate — dammit — acid arrow” “I don’t know what that means!!” might practically be the moment itself!

Okay, so after some more trick arrows, Clint ends up in a bad situation…

And then the moment…


The art was excellent, Fraction set up his punchline wonderfully. What a great issue (and there’s so much cool stuff that’s not even shown here).

If you have suggestions for other cool comic moments from the past couple of years, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com! Be sure to address your e-mail properly or it will come back to you in the end.


It’s quite good, but it does remind me a lot of Green Arrow’s recruitment story from the Grant Morrison JLA, right down to the punchline being the name of the ridiculous trick arrow that saves the day in the end. (“Boxing glove arrow.”)

You mean somebody else has thought to poke fun at trick arrows before!?!?! Must be plagiarism.

You’d think he’d have figured out some way to know which arrow is which long before this. I mean he’s been firing these things for how long? Even with a compressed timeline he’s still old enough to have had a younger hero use his name while he was thought dead.

No, “someone has thought to poke fun at trick arrows before” in a story that’s also about the generation gap between two archer superheroes *and* uses almost the exact same punchline. I doubt it’s deliberate plagiarism, but the similarities are a lot more detailed than you seem to comprehend, to the point that I wouldn’t rule out cryptomnesia on Fraction’s end.

The old Marvel Handbook, which Fraction notes in the letters page is where the illustrated arrowheads come from, claimed that each arrow had special notching on the shaft to indicate what it was. That doesn’t make much sense in the heat of battle, of course, and this story is more fun than the Handbook explanation. (The fact that it has some similarity to a really good Morrison story wasn’t a *criticism.*)

one would think hawkeye would have a system or labeled his arrows from the start so he does not have to fire one and take chances of what it is. plus love how the guy keeps talking trash till kate fires the boomarang arrow.

I think at one time it was said that Hawkeye had them organized in a special way or something so he knows which one is which. Plus there were the modular arrow heads so he can switch them around. But organizing them a certain way doesn’t help if someone else is trying to hand them to you.

@ Omar Karidu:

It is the same punchline, but I’d say that Fraction’s set-up for it is better than Morrison’s. Not enough comics are structured to set up a punchline at the end.

The difference between this and the part in Morison’s is that Conner hawke had just joined the justice league after Ollie had died and was saying how ridiculous all the trick arrows he had used were. Then after Conner Hawkes quiver is destroyed all he has left is the trophy arrows of Ollie’s that the league had kept.And in the end the arrow that takes out the Key:Boxing glove arrow.

I can only imagine that the villain there was really saying things like (slang for male genitalia). I’d probably (solid bodily waste product) myself if such a man existed.

It seemed to me that Clint knew which arrows were which but he was labeling them for Kate’s convenience. Then again it’s been a while since I read this so I could be off.

I don’t know why people seem to think that I’m calling Fraction’s story worse than Morrison’s simply because I think they use very similar ideas. You don’t need to defend Hawkeye from me, guys! It’s my favorite current superhero comic!

I don’t know Omar: comparing this favorably to the story that got a lot of us to accept Connor as GA? Next you’ll be pointing out that John Byrne drew the “li’l hawkguy” used to cover Clint’s business. Then? REVOLUTION!

Oh no. Omar dont think that. I was just kind of mentioning what the the GA story was all about in case ppl hadnt read it.

I’ve already said I love this series, but also, having never read “Young Avengers”, issues 2 and 3 were the ones that made me realize how much I (profane term for copulation) love Kate Bishop.

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