We’re at part four of Hawkeye: Freefall and Matthew Rosenberg and Otto Schmidt are keeping this series firing on all cylinders. One major thing that I have been enjoying with this series is all the guest appearances — in this new issue, we are guaranteed Daredevil but luckily, we get a couple more in the newly assembled task force to stop Ronin…that Hawkeye is a part of. So that is going to be entertaining for us to see Hawkeye be in two places at once and boy do shenanigans occur in this issue. Let us dive in and check out the highlights.
Taking a look at the art of the issue, there is a major appreciation from me in a series that keeps its consistency; so, a major shoutout to Otto Schmidt for keeping the tone. He has made this book his by keeping his style dynamic and with a strong pacing that helps keep with the dialogue. Otto is also showing how much of a Marvel Universe artist he can be with all the guest stars in the series; I wouldn’t mind seeing Otto on Daredevil, Winter Soldier, or Falcon…honestly maybe even with some seeds planted in this issue that could be great to see Avengers West Coast come back with Otto on art duties.
Otto does a great job keeping the characters clean in style and also keeping with their current appearance and matching their demeanor with their image. Matthew Rosenberg does a great job of giving Otto a lot to play with in this issue. The comedy bits shine when Hawkeye is face to face with Daredevil and how DD’s blindness actually is a benefit to Hawk in this moment as he is in full Ronin garb when the two meet; talk about blind man’s luck. Later on, in the issue when Hawkeye does meet up with the task force he is treated to a reunion with Mockingbird, USAgent, and others. Matthew Rosenberg really does his research when it comes to interactions that will matter for great moments.
The story does continue to snowball for Hawkeye as he is still trying to throw everyone off his Ronin trail; now he no longer has the time machine to help and a crazy LMD of himself that is causing hijinks. With this issue Hawkeye decides to enlist the help of a Skrull and that just makes for great comedy for us. The interactions between the Skrull and Hawk are perfect…when Hawk goes up to him to offer a job he starts with, “Do me,” and the Skrull plays very well to this strange request. Overall, this is a fun issue that does carry the plot along and makes it worth your time and money.