The Literary Corner: My Life As A Weapon

“Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life As A Weapon” is now available at all right-thinking booksellers everywhere. So if you’re afraid to walk into a comic book store, it’s OK — you can pick it up on Amazon and never leave the house.

“My Life As A Weapon” features the first five issues of the highly acclaimed (and not just by me — by practically everyone) “Hawkeye” series written by Matt Fraction with art by David Aja and Javier Pulido, colors by Matt Hollingsworth and lettering by Chris Eliopoulos.

hawkeye-volume-1-my-life-as-a-weapon-cover-540x833[1]As a bonus the book also includes “Young Avengers Presents Hawkeye” by Fraction and artist Alan Davis. It’s a key story as it provides background on Hawkeye’s (Clint Barton) sidekick Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) and how they met. Be warned that Clint appears as a ninja throughout the story.

Why should you buy this book? Because it’s really, really good. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a Hawkeye fanatic. Normally when I tell you to buy a Hawkeye comic I do so knowing that it’s probably not going to be that good, but I don’t want it to get canceled because I Heart Hawkeye. They usually get canceled anyway because, to be honest, most Hawkeye solo comics have been average at best and lame more often than not.

Until now. Fraction and Aja have crafted an excellent superhero comic in large part by not making it a superhero comic. The focus of “Hawkeye” is what life is like for Clint Barton when he’s not being an Avenger. It’s not nearly as dull as it sounds.

Here’s a rundown of the comic deliciousness you will find.

hawkeye2b[1]Issue 1: “Lucky” by Fraction/Aja, in which Clint saves a dog’s life (and vice versa) and has a run-in with some Russian thugs who own his apartment building.

2: “Vagabond Code” by Fraction/Aja, in which Clint and Kate take on the Circus of Crime and steal a boatload of money from the major crime families of New York.

3. “Cherry” by Fraction/Aja, in which Clint buys a classic car from a young woman who is all kinds of trouble. Also features the greatest car chase ever in comics.

4-5. “The Tape” by Fracton/Pulido, in which Clint has to intercept a videotape from falling into the wrong hands.

Normally this is the part where I beg you to buy “Hawkeye” so that it won’t get canceled and you ignore me and it gets canceled. Not this time. “Hawkeye” is actually doing quite well for a change and in no immediate danger of cancelation. Did I mention it’s one of the most acclaimed comics of 2012-13? Why else do you think there are a dozen different T-shirts in his honor over at WeLoveFine?

So this time you should listen to me not because it would be good for Hawkeye, but because it would be good for you, too.


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