Review: HAWKEYE #4

HAWKEYE #4
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Leonardo Romero, Jordie Bellaire, Joe Sabino & Manny Mederos
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: March 1, 2017

Kelly Thompson is doing excellent work on this book. It’s funny and it’s heartfelt and it’s poignant. Every question answered or problem solved opens up a further line of inquiry or a new set of challenges for Kate to tackle which keeps the reader engaged and wanting more. Kate’s inner monologue allows for the reader to understand how unprepared Kate is. She is literally making things up as she goes along and this really highlights how beneath the bravado she is just another person trying to make it on her own. That’s not to say that Kate is portrayed in a way that contradicts her independence or her competence but it’s an important reminder that Kate is young and she’s not super powered but she’s still going to fight and help and do her best.

Alongside the hero-ing and detective work we also see get to see Kate developing new relationships away from the Young Avengers, and Clint. As a character Kate has always been positioned as not quite an outsider but unwilling to trust or give too much of her self away. However, throughout the last few issues it has becomes clear that Kate has found a new family through Hawkeye Investigations whether she is able to recognize it or not.

Leonardo Romero’s art is quite restrained with neither the characters nor the backgrounds being overly detailed, however he manages to convey so much. For example, the facial expression Romero produces are wonderful – seriously – go through and look at Kate’s eyebrows in every panel and you’ll know what’s coming before you even read the text. Romero also captures a great sense of motion and the action scenes in particular are incredibly dynamic. The little details are also not to be ignored for example the outfit Kate wears towards the end of the book which is definitely throwing off the She-Hulk casual cosplay vibes, the ponytail, or the Band-Aids on her face – a not so subtle nod to Hawkguy. Teamed with colours from Jordie Bellaire who utilizes a palette which is reminiscent of pulp detective novella covers, Romero’s lines become even more effective.

The Kate in this book is the Kate I love. She is very good at what she does while simultaneously being a complete mess. She is a caring, intuitive, smart ass who absolutely cannot stop talking and I think we should be best friends. I look forward to seeing more from this team, and can’t wait to see what they do with the upcoming team up.

The Verdict: 9.0/10

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