Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction (2013)
Goodreads Summary: The breakout star of this summer’s blockbuster Avengers film, Clint Barton – aka the self-made hero Hawkeye – fights for justice! With ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he’s out to prove himself as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! SHIELD recruits Clint to intercept a packet of incriminating evidence – before he becomes the most wanted man in the world. You won’t believe what is on The Tape! What is the Vagabond Code? Matt Fraction pens a Hawkeye thriller that spans the globe…and the darkest parts of Hawkeye’s mind. Barton and Bishop mean double the Hawkeye and double the trouble…and stealing from the rich never looked so good.
Goodreads Summary: Artist David Aja returns to the most critically acclaimed comic of 2012, as ace archer Clint Barton faces the digital doomsday of – DVR-Mageddon! Then: Cherry’s got a gun. And she looks good in it. And Hawkeye gets very, very distracted. Plus: Valentine’s Day with the heartthrob of the Marvel Universe? This will be…confusing.
I so wanted to like both these graphic novels but I just wasn’t impressed. I felt like they were so disjointed, jumping back and forth in time and the stories weren’t going together. I didn’t know who all the characters were and things didn’t always make sense.
Perhaps I should have known more about the Avengers but I thought these would stand alone. I think the idea was a great one but I was expecting much more and they just didn’t measure up to that.
Overall they are short, quick, pretty easy reads, so it couldn’t hurt to try them for yourself. I just had an idea of what they’d be like and they weren’t that at all. So yeah, not terrible, just not what I was wanting.
My Rating (for both): ★★★☆☆