The action, adventure, and humor continue with the adventures of Hawkeye in this new series. I am enjoying the consistency of the book and also the fact that a lot of other players from the Marvel Universe are dropping by to see what is happening and how Clint is involved. With last issue’s reveal of who Ronin is, we get an explanation of how Ronin is able to pull off his tricks, why Clint has so much money, and of course how this hinders Clint’s love life.
Otto Schmidt is just fantastic on this book; he is keeping the pacing great, showcasing the action and humor scenes, and delivers with a consistent vibe. I enjoyed his take on the guest stars in this book and would totally love to see him work on some more Daredevil…hopefully next issue. Otto’s style of body language is great for the opening of this book — with even just a simple conversation, he emphasizes the humor that would go along with talking to Clint since he ducks and dodges questions and responds with sarcasm as a coping mechanism. Both scenes with Night Nurse were hilarious and Otto just nailed her reactions perfectly. The scene with Black Widow was great as they hold a conversation while taking on a group of ninjas.
Matt Rosenberg is making some great scripts with witty humor and excellent drama. I enjoy the fact that this issue’s guest stars were Black Widow and Daredevil. It was awesome to see the reference to Rosenberg’s last turn on Clint in his Tales of Suspense mini-series — I just love how Natasha plays people’s feelings and she did a great job of rubbing it in Clint’s face about her run off with the Winter Soldier/Bucky. Daredevil making an appearance was great as well, especially the fact that they kept him in his current “Netflix” styled costume. I can’t wait to see how that plays out with their attitudes and judgments.
The explanation as to how Ronin is able to pull off his actions was decent, but I have to say it really is making S.H.I.E.L.D. look like a bunch of amateurs. I don’t mind being wrong about the early review being a red herring and it does make for an interesting situation which I want to read about. I do like how Clint manages to get one of the Hood’s men to work for him, who is basically a kid, and is just tossing so much onto this kid to help with his problems. This kid, Bryce, brings an element of humor to the book that helps to explain why Clint is in these crazy situations.
Consistent action and humor deliver in the newest issue. Worthwhile guest stars that will lead into next issue’s confrontation, and how Ronin is able to do what he does makes for a fun issue to keep this mini-series hot and exciting.