Hawkeye has been one of the best books coming out of Marvel recently.,and that’s largely been down to the focus on Kate Bishop as the lead. The two previous Hawkeye runs were quite a bit of fun with the focus on the relationship between Clint Barton and Kate Bishop. However, the ongoing run has developed Kate quite a bit as a standalone person, untethered from her relationship with Clint, while developing herself as a hero in her own right and context. So what better time to explore how much Kate has changed – as well as the original Hawkeye himself – in Generations?
As with all these issues, it takes place at an undefined point of time (usually the past). Generations: Hawkeye throws a wrench in that by having everyone originating from different points in time, which is how Kate Bishop the latest Hawkeye runs into an original flavor (complete with pink mask) Clint Barton Hawkeye who’s part of a competition to find the best marksman in the universe. This of course leads to a lot of traded barbs over who has the more ridiculous costume, as well as lame attempts to hide who she really is.
Where this differs from those other two runs of Hawkeye, is that it’s more of an attempt for Kate to find out what her mentor was like when he was younger, and how ultimately they’re not that much different when you look beyond the goofy or sometimes incompetent “Hawkguy” persona. Kelly Thompson milks this premise for all it’s worth; and while it’s very different from the noir, Blue Velvet-esque tone her version of Hawkeye has taken, there’s ultimately a great deal gleaned from having Kate interact with a younger Clint instead of the one she always knew.
Generations: Hawkeye continues with having a guest art team for this particular issue, this one in particular being Stefano Raffaele and with Digikore as the colorist. The art is serviceable if a bit Carlos Pacheco-y, though it’s hard not to want to see what the main series’ artist (Leonardo Romero) would have done with this story. While the story is great, comics are very much a visual medium and art that’s muddled can hurt the end product. This issue is hard not to enjoy, regardless of those misgivings. If you are a fan of Hawkeye or Hawkguy, you’re going to enjoy this comic.
3 Bullseyes out of 5