Hawkeye Vol. 2 #2

Hawkeye Vol. 2 #2

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: David Aja Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 5, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 4
8.8Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

What you need to know: Fraction. Aja. Hawkeye. Kate Bishop. Cars. Guns. Stealing from the rich never looked so good. Get. Now.

  • 10
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Sep 7, 2012

    This might be the last time I review Hawkeye, as it's a difficult book to review. Much like Daredevil, there are only so many things a person can say each month to get people to read this book. If you like Immortal Iron Fist, please pick up this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Sep 7, 2012

    "Hawkeye" #2 is sublime. There is nothing wrong with this book. The story is sharp and to the point, the art gorgeous and on point. Even Chris Eliopoulos shows greatness with the letters, especially with Barton's whispering moment. Matt Hollingsworth brings style and cohesion to his colors. This is the ultimate second tier Marvel title as it offers everything readers generally won't get in a tentpole book. "Uncanny X-Force" finally has a tight challenger at the house of ideas. The winner, thankfully, is everyone. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 7, 2012

    Hawkeye #2 does what I thought was impossible, improving on #1 and deepening my fascination with the character and his new life, earning a full-on 5 out of 5 stars overall. There may be hope for mainstream Big Two superhero comics after all, if this series is any indication... Read Full Review

  • 10
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Sep 7, 2012

    The issue could work as a strong standalone, but hints at a bigger story, indicating that the off ill-treated character is in safe hands for now. Aja and Hollingsworth's artwork is once again phenomenal, bringing a gritty realism to this world of costumed heroes. It will be interesting to see what they do when Hawkeye suits up on a more regular basis. A must read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Nick Verissimo Sep 5, 2012

    There really is not a single dull moment in this issue.  Its witty, the art is terrific and the characters are very well realized.  You know where the series is going both physically and emotionally and its one that just about anyone could pick up and enjoy.  Just dont get too hung up on the whole any character could be in this thing.   This is a uniquely human, Hawkeye story and its fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Sep 8, 2012

    Nothing short of a revelation, this has emerged as one of the best books at Marvel. If you like Waid's Daredevil, buy this. If you just like great comics with two talented creators making the most of the medium, you must read this. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Sep 6, 2012

    While there are only these two issues of this series from which to judge, Hawkeye is turning into one of the best series Marvel releases each month. Matt Fraction is a volatile writer whose work either flourishes, as is the case here, or flounders terribly, as was the case with last year's Fear Itself crossover event. What makes Hawkeye so great, fortunately, is it's ability to mine emotion without taking advantage of the medium. At every turn, this series becomes more and more relatable and grounded, while still keeping the high-concept idea "Robin Hood" idea intact and - I'm assuming - a future with at least a few super-villains thrown in for good measure. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper Sep 7, 2012

    I am a big fan of Hawkeye anyways, but this? This is the Hawkeye I want to see. This is the bow and arrow equivalent of Waid and team's Daredevil. It's not an apples to apples comparison, but they both just capture this sense of spirit and vitality that previous iterations of the characters had lost touch of. And I for one am very thankful that this book is around, even if Aja is off after issue three. Don't miss this book, people. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Sep 20, 2012

    Marvel seems to be following a small trend here, because Captain Marvel's second issue was standalone from the first, as isHawkeye. So if you haven't read issue one by now, you can jump in right here. However, missing out on any issue of Hawkeye means missing out on some of the best superhero comics this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 5, 2012

    After his time in the salt mines of event comics, Matt Fraction has earned the right to have some latitude, and thankfully, Hawkeye is proving the right avenue for he and Aja to run wild. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Sep 5, 2012

    David Aja soars in this issue. This is a stunning book, a visual masterpiece. He structure is impeccable; the book just flows. It's beautiful stuff. The colors, courtesy of Matt Hollingsworth, give the book an overwhelming sense of purple. I know there were other colors in this book, but all I can remember is purple. Lots of purple. That is not a criticism. Aja's line work is enhanced by the simple color palette. These two guys click and the results are one of the best looking comic books on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio Sep 7, 2012

    Due to Fraction's writing and Aja's museum-worthy artwork, I've noticed that this series is starting to resemble a TV show. It could be my own experience as a graduate of film school, but throughout this book, I was constantly seeing shots and hearing dialogue in scenes that were just so reminiscent of some really good television programs. You know what? Screw 'Arrow' on the CW! Someone needs to get working on a Hawkeye TV show starring these two for ABC Family. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Sep 9, 2012

    Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Matt Hollingsworth are doing some really cool things in this book, all of which add up to make it well worth your while. Whether you're a fan of the creators, character, or superhero comics in general, you should give this title its fair shake, because it's doing some exciting stuff, all while telling interesting stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Kat West AKA Comic Uno Sep 10, 2012

    This is a great addition to a great series. If you have not been reading this series I recommend you to start with this issue. It is a great jumping on point, and this series is a must read. Pick this issue up! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Sep 5, 2012

    As much as I have enjoyed the opening two issues I remain hesitant. I've said before that I'm not a fan of Matt Fraction's work and have been felt let down after the first couple of issues of Defenders and Invincible Iron Man so I can only hope that it doesn't end up that way in a couple of months time. In the meantime I will just hope that the book remains good and as long as that happens they will continue to get my money. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Sep 5, 2012

    Now that weve had two very solid issues that have built the character, I am excited to see what kind of test Fraction is going to put Hawkeye through in the future. I really hope we see a great villain emerge to challenge Clint. Oh, and dont forget to download David Ajas recommended listening this issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 10, 2012

    Now I know your convinced. Buy it right now!! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 14, 2015

    Because it's an unusual take, not everyone will enjoy it. But if you were a fan of Fraction's Hawkeye, you'll probably like this take, too. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 6, 2012

    The two of them are teaming up to intervene in some shenanigans involving the Ringmaster and a bunch of high-end criminals who are planning to rob other criminals by distracting them with a fancy circus act. While Fraction drops in some amusing bits (like a Daily Bugle headline that reads "EVERYTHING AWFUL Oh God Somebody Do Something"), the first time he's actually made me laugh out loud comes from Barton's perception of Ringmaster's appearance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 5, 2012

    I've never loved purple as much as I do when I read an issue of HAWKEYE. Matt Fraction and David Aja (with Matt Hollingsworth) have created a great little corner of the Marvel Universe for Clint to hang out in. Having Kate Bishop appear is a great mix and adds a different dynamic. I wasn't completely thrilled with the 'villains' in this issue but I definitely welcome the repercussions that will result from this fiasco. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Sep 7, 2012

    At this point Hawkeye is becoming one of my favorite monthly super-hero books and is one of the best comics to be produced by Marvel. That is not bad for a comic that features a “Second-String” hero as the lead and I look forward to many more issues to come. Consider me a fan! Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Sep 8, 2012

    Um, this comic just didn't do it for me... I mean it was okay, but it wasn't great. But it WAS a Hawkeye comic, so that makes anything better. Sure, I don't know why the likes ofKingpinand Hammerhead would be dumb enough to go to a show being put on by the Circus of CRIME, nor do I get why the Circus would want to make enemies with KINGPIN, of all people, but whatever I guess. I was definitely happy to see Kate pop up here and become Clint's partner, because I AM a huge Young Avengers fan, but this issue was strangely lacking for me. I can't really put my finger on it, but there was something missing here for me... But hey, it IS Hawkeye, so that's still a huge boost, regardless of the story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Sep 7, 2012

    There are parts that I loved about the story, but there were others that I hated. I don’t care for this version of Clint because he comes across as being bipolar. I don’t need him to be witty (even though he’s known for it), but I do need him to act like he’s been in public before. Don’t get me wrong I love the bone breaking destructible Hawkeye, but I wish he was an adult more than a kid ramped up on sugar waiting to crash for nap time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Tom Parry Sep 14, 2012

    Bottom line, the issue is what is. Its a disjointed piece of impersonal personal storytelling with sub par artwork that's hoping to pull in and sustain a reader base, but continues to alienate the reader in such a way that retention just seems unlikely. Here's hoping that we see a change sometime soon, and that it comes in time to prevent cancellation. Read Full Review

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