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Hawkeye #22

January 25, 2016

Hawkeye 22Matt Fraction // David Aja
September 2015
*****

Together Kate & Clint save the BK brownstone & its families from the ‘Tracksuit Draculas’ & harlequin hit-man. Fraction & Aja close their outstanding run, adding a gesture to set up next ‘season’. Superlative comics on every level, the sort of collection you can lend to a non-fan of superheroes.

last issue: Hawkeye #21
continued in Hawkeye #1

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Hawkeye #8

January 10, 2016

Hawkeye 08Matt Fraction // David Aja with Annie Wu
April 2013
*****

The redheaded femme drags Barton into another encounter with the tracksuit gangsters of “Little Irkutsk”. Delightfully, she gets the evil eye from the other gals in H’s life: Widow, Hawkgirl, Mockingb, & naïve GF Spider-W. Covers to fake romance comics, by Wu, act as exposition and punctuation.

last issue: Hawkeye #7
next issue: Hawkeye #9

Hawkeye #2

January 4, 2016

Hawkeye 02Matt Fraction // David Aja
November 2012
*****

Hawkeye & his namesake from the Young Avengers steal $ that a criminal circus (shown here as Cirque du Soliel types) stole from organized crime. Aja seems inspired by Steranko’s pop-art layouts, but w/ a 21C graphic angle: see the A+ cover, & a page of Barton slowing time as he draws the bow.

last issue: Hawkeye #1
next issue: Hawkeye #3

also indexed for Nov. ’12
Captain America #17
The Fantastic Four #610
FF #22
Winter Soldier #10

Daredevil #91

October 27, 2014

Daredevil 091Ed Brubaker // Michael Lark
January 2007
*****

The hero dumps a cement-skinned goon into the Siene & then resists the super-perfume that drives other men mad! Artist Lark throws lines across his 4-tiered layouts, stages kinetic fight scenes, & supplies the rich atmosphere of the City of Light, turf of Fantomas, an early masked man of mystery.

last issue: Daredevil #90
next issue: Daredevil #92

also indexed for Jan. ’07
Annihilation #4 of 6
Astonishing X-Men #19
Civil War #7 of 7
Nextwave, Agents of HATE #10

Daredevil #90

October 26, 2014

Daredevil 090Ed Brubaker // Michael Lark
December 2006
****

Shifting the scene to Paris, this mag’s hero breaks fingers to find an albino superthug. Has DD‘s debt to Batman ever been stronger or better? Moddishly violent about their urban vigilantism, the creative team deploy that classic, sexist noir trope: the victim who’s actually a femme fatale & schemer!

last issue: Daredevil #89
next issue: Daredevil #91

also indexed for Dec. ’06
Annihilation #3 of 6
Astonishing X-Men #18
Civil War #6 of 7
The Immortal Iron Fist #2
Nextwave, Agents of HATE #9