Right off the bat, I’m going to tell you this was a fun issue — Matthew Rosenberg and Otto Schmidt just killed it! This had the perfect amount of intrigue, comedy, and absurd situations, making this a fun read. Plus, we don’t have to wait as long for more information on who is running around as Ronin. So, let us jump into some of the highlights on this great comic!
I’m going to start with the art — Otto Schmidt has a style that works for this comic. I appreciate the art and have to say that I love how he uses realism to capture the figures and surroundings but also has such a life to it that it helps with the sarcastic tone of the comic. Clint Barton could almost look like a James Bond type of guy when he is decked out in a suit…but then you see his face and mannerisms and it just reminds me of how cartoony Clint can be as well. Kudos to make sure the hearing aid is visible with Clint.
I also appreciate how much Otto gets to draw upon the Marvel Universe in this series. We get cameo appearances from Linda Carter/Night Nurse, Tony Stark, Aunt May, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Red Hood, and “Ronin.” Just so awesome and I have to say, after seeing Otto Schmidt draw Spider-Man, I would love to see him get a turn as the main artist on a Spidey book. He captures so much movement with his figures on the page and his faces show so much expression that you really enjoy each panel.
As we saw with the art, the story was a tour de force of the Marvel Universe. I enjoyed getting to see an actual F.E.A.S.T. fundraiser hosted by Aunt May. That was just the perfect scene to get characters together, plus having Tony Stark and Clint Barton interact was just hilarious. Toss in the ever-beautiful Night Nurse to get Tony and Clint acting like hormone-laced teenagers and you have some fun interactions. Matthew Rosenberg is brining the humor along with the action which is making this a Lethal Weapon-esque blockbuster of a comic book. I just love reading the interal monolouges of Clint.
I appreciated how the book would interlock Clint scenes with something happening with Ronin — plus, getting the confrontations of Ronin with Spider-Man and other thugs helped to not just have talking heads in funny scenes, as it kept the action moving and showcased Otto’s dynamic art. As I was reading the issue I did laugh at how Clint was starting to feel almost like Bruce Wayne with all of this money and witty charm…then I started to see that Ronin was also talking in a voice similar to Christian Bale’s Batman. So, in this issue follow the money, see how it comes and see where it goes. I won’t spoil the last page for you — it does provide evidence in who Ronin is, but I’ll be honest: I don’t think I can trust it.
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