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‘Marvel-Verse: Hawkeye’ lets you get to know Clint Barton

Marvel-Verse: Hawkeye is an interesting collection of stories that mostly focus on a less modern take on Clint Barton.

Right in time for the upcoming Disney+ television show is Marvel-Verse: Hawkeye, a smaller-in-size collection that gives readers a smattering of tales featuring the title character. Collecting five stories that span the decades of the character’s existence, fans can now enjoy some of Hawkeye’s harder-to-find stories over its 120 pages.

Having reviewed every single one of these (including Doctor Strange, Shang-ChiCaptain MarvelDeadpool & WolverineIron ManVenomThanos, and Black Panther) it’s safe to say this series is going for an all-ages taste-tester — a smattering of stories that don’t require deep knowledge of Marvel canon, some all-ages tales, and a general idea of who this character is throughout the decades of their stories. This is certainly not a good start if you know nothing about the character, but if you’ve seen the movies you’ll get the gist of it.

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This book opens with Marvel Adventures: The Avengers #16 by Jeff Parker, Steve Scott, and Ronan Cliquet. It’s a good start to the story since Hawkeye is unfamiliar with the Avengers, which allows some introductions. He’s also a potential villain in secret, which suits his original origins. Parker infuses the story with plenty of pop culture references, gives each hero including Spider-Man and Wolverine things to do, and even plays around with a romance you won’t see coming. Hawkeye must prove himself, and given the standards of the Avengers that’s asking a lot!

Next up is Hawkeye #1 by Mark Gruenwald and Brett Breeding, which features Hawkeye’s full origin story. An orphan, he joins the carnival and learns the ways of the bow and arrow becoming a “trick shooter” and making the owner a lot of money. It gives a good, albeit hokey explanation for his costume, reveals Iron Man inspired him to be a superhero and introduces Mockingbird. All in all, it’s a good ’80s tale.

Avengers #223 by David Michelinie and Greg Larocque follows this tale, which features the iconic Hawkeye shooting Ant-Man on an arrow cover. Featuring Taskmaster, it’s a good action-focused romp at the carnival.

Paul Tobin and Ronan Cliquet (his second story in the collection!) tell the Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes #17 story. Featuring the Mad Thinker, this tale has Hawkeye teaming up with Tony Stark after Tony’s armor is stolen. This story shows how Clint can think on his feet.

‘Marvel-Verse: Hawkeye’

Hawkeye…vs….Hawkeye!
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Wrapping up the book is Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye by Kelly Thompson and Stefano Raffaele. This is part of a series of one-shots where young versions of heroes meet the original with a bit of time travel or other supernatural means. In this story, Kate Bishop meets Clint in a battle royale in the jungle. Thompson explores Clint as a mentor, even though he’s a bit dull and uninterested in the role. They find mutual respect, though, and since Kate is from the future she has some perspective Clint can’t have.

Marvel-Verse: Hawkeye is an interesting collection of stories that mostly focus on a less modern take on Clint Barton. This era of Clint, who is a bit more bullheaded, on the edge of being a villain, and more of a vigilante certainly is one of his more unique personality types of the years, though it comes as a bit of a shock David Aja and Matt Fraction’s version of Clint doesn’t make it in the collection.

‘Marvel-Verse: Hawkeye’ lets you get to know Clint Barton
‘Marvel-Verse: Hawkeye’ lets you get to know Clint Barton
Marvel-Verse: Hawkeye
Marvel-Verse: Hawkeye is an interesting collection of stories that mostly focus on a less modern take on Clint Barton. This era of Clint, who is a bit more bullheaded, on the edge of being a villain, and more of a vigilante certainly is one of his more unique personality types of the years, though it comes as a bit of a shock David Aja and Matt Fraction's version of Clint doesn't make it in the collection.
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Features the more bullheaded Clint in nearly every story
Nice collection of stories including Hawkeye's origin
Kind of a shock Fraction/Aja's Hawkeye didn't make the cut
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