Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Ramon Perez
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 22, 2015

I’m going to go out on a limb and say something controversial here: Hawkeye has never been better.

This is not meant as a slight to Fraction & Aja, but rather one hell of a compliment to Lemire and Perez. Jeff Lemire gets this character, his relationships and how to build a history for Clint that makes sense with where the character is now. This issue is largely set in the past, with some great “silent” moments occurring in the present. The situation Lemire is setting up at the circus is very entertaining and I enjoyed how you can see “Avenger Clint” in “young Clint”. The Swordsman and Barney are written expertly, and I was blown away by how engrossed I was by this story. While nothing exactly revolutionary occurs, I was completely riveted. Lemire’s got my attention, to say the least and his take on Hawkeye is brilliant.

Lemire is good. Lemire is damn good. Ramon Perez is un-freaking-believable. The styles he employs are executed perfectly, and I was blown away throughout the issue that this was not penciled by a pair of artists. Perez’s style for the “current” tale captures the spirit of Aja’s work and makes readers feel at home while the “flashback” style sucks them into a time gone by. This style pulled me right into Hawkeye’s memories, and the way Perez renders these memories is perfect for the story being told. This is some of the best art you’ll find anywhere in comics this week/month and Perez is a gifted storyteller that not enough people are raving about.

All-New Hawkeye #4 is an exceptionally well crafted comic that has me more interested in Clint Barton than I have been in a long time. Lemire and Perez are great storytellers and the work they are doing with the parallel past & present storylines is fantastic. This is one of the best comics you’ll read this month and if you planned to skip it because it isn’t tying into Secret Wars, I strongly suggest you reconsider.

The Verdict: 9.5/10


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