At the rate Marvel is going we’ll have an “Old Man Blank” for every hero by 2500. This week, they begin their long journey to do just that with Old Man Hawkeye which is set in the Old Man Logan universe Mark Millar began in 2008. Seems fitting we’d get a new view on this universe 10 years later and this time it’s brought to us by writer Ethan Sacks and artist Marco Checchetto.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview!
Why does this matter?
If you love Old Man Logan or loved the trade paperback this is a no brainer read because it sheds a bit of light on that universe prior to Logan going on his journey. Yep, this is a prequel to that story and it shows us how Hawkeye went blind.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Who is Mr. Hammer…hmm.
I’m all for elseworld tales so color me excited when this was announced. Hawkeye was an interesting character in Millar’s original story due to the old and broken way about him. Given Red Skull and all the villains took out the heroes you can imagine why, but this story appears to be shedding more light on what truly broke him in the end.
Sacks opens and closes the issue with action and then fills up the middle portion with Hawkeye checking in with his family and his doctor. To say his life isn’t so great is an understatement. His daughter hates him and his eyes, well, I’ll let you find out what the deal is with those. Sacks is clearly going for a similar tone with this story as Millar did with Old Man Logan, focusing on the end days of a hero who was once great and is now a bit slower and more reflective. For the most part it works.
I’ve been a big fan of Checchetto’s work for some time be it space action in Gamora or his work on various Star Wars books. There’s a gritty look to everything and most importantly of all he gets Hawkeye’s long hair right. Hair ain’t easy folks and it looks solid in this issue. There’s also an excellent full page splash (with some panels dashed in over it) of an epic surprise villain that’s quite spectacular.
Multiple Man has become a real douche, eh?
It can’t be perfect can it?
The action is good sure, and the villain reveals (plural!) are probably the best part of this book, but that leaves Hawkeye who isn’t very interesting. Something tells me I should have read Millar’s run before reading this, because my interest in the character isn’t super solid. His life is rather mundane and not very special. A hero who has a kid who hates them is nothing new. I’m holding out hope future issues will make for more interesting backstory.
Is It Good?
Old Man Hawkeye #1 effectively sets up the villains and the main character while delivering some pulse-pounding action too. Sounds like a win for many, though with that said, I don’t know how many folks will dig this story, especially if they haven’t read Old Man Logan.
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