Sunday, September 3, 2017

Generations Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1

   With the Generations mini-series Marvel Comics is leaning terribly close to creating a Silver Age DC Comic (that's not entirely intended as a criticism).

   I say that because the entire concept of "modern" versions of heroes going back in time to meet a more classic edition of the hero they were based on seems all too convenient - a "gift" from the Cosmic Cube in the wake of Secret Empire.

   Why the gift? Who knows?

   But that being said, this issue focuses on the two Hawkeyes - the original, Clint Barton, and the young woman with the same hero name, the funny and personable Kate Bishop.

   They find themselves on an island taking part in a deadly competition between some of the world's greatest marksmen, trying to prove which one is the best.

   What makes the issue is the interaction between the two heroes - they're witty and smart and have a lot of fun with the whole "dangers of saying too much and revealing the future" element of time travel.

   It's a fun fast-paced adventure by writer Kelly Thompson, and the art by Stefano Raffael is outstanding, adding lots of spirit and energy to the competition.

   They may duplicate each other's schtick, but these are two heroes who are better together.

   But preferably in the modern day.

Grade: A-


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