Hawkeye Vol. 2 #21

Hawkeye Vol. 2 #21

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: David Aja, Matt Hollingsworth Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 4, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 11
9.2Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

The Finale, Part 1:
•  David. Clint. Barney. The Building. The Tracksuit Draculas. The Clown.
•  Ever seen "Rio Bravo?" Check it out, it's pretty good.

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Feb 9, 2015

    Clint Barton has known loss and heartache; sometimes he's directly responsible for the fallout, but Hawkeye #21 shows just how good of a man Clint can be and the how dearly that can cost him. Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Matt Hollingsworth tapped into something special with the debut of Hawkeye and as the series barrels toward its conclusion, the title has become less about the lovable loser that pals around with Avengers, despite his normalcy, and more about a man desperate to do the right thing in the face of a cruel world. Hawkeye #21 is one of those rare comics that makes a reader feel a myriad of emotions from start to finish. It will make you laugh, it will thrill you, and leave you feeling breathless as you take in the final pages, but even rarer still, it will show you a character that has become something more than what he began as - a man worthy of his place among earth's mightiest heroes. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Feb 4, 2015

    You don't need me to tell you that this is a book you cannot miss, so go grab yourself a copy of part one of the finale of one of the best superhero books in decades. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 4, 2015

    HAWKEYE is back and things are looking good for Clint or his neighbors. Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Matt Hollingsworth are wrapping up the series and the suspense and heartbreak is building. With where this issue is headed, there is a feeling of reluctance in finding out what the next issue might have in store for us. Things get pretty heavy. It's been a long journey. There's been unfortunate delays. But the quality and storytelling is exactly what we love and expect. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Feb 5, 2015

    My emotional response to Hawkeye #21 was intense. From the anxiety at the start to the excitement of the battle and finally the dread and pain of the end" It all feels real, and that's because it is. Aja, Fraction, and Hollingsworth are all musicians. They are making perfect use of the comics form to create emotion. No matter how loose or organic the experience may be, their choices are exacting and precise. They are masters of their art and the result is enthralling, pulling you in and refusing to let go until the final page is turned. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - J.A. Micheline Feb 4, 2015

    Hawkeye #21 is everything that weve all come to love about this series. Heartbreaking storytelling thats achieved not just with dialogue but also with brilliantly crafted art. The thought that this run with this team is coming to an end so soon is genuinely painfulbut I am breathless with the thought of the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Feb 5, 2015

    Clint and Jessica Drew's interaction here is sweeter and more intimate than the overt romance you'll see in most comics. Matt Fraction is masterful at telling a moving character story. Barney is a critical figure because he bridges our understanding between Clint's past and his present. I can't wait to see next issue how Fraction concludes this masterpiece of a story. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Feb 6, 2015

    "Hawkeye #21" is the best issue of the sereis in a long while, and it's sad to know that such a great issue is coming right at the end. Despite all of the delays damaging the momentum of the series, this is still one of Marvel's best, and I will be sad to see it go next month. As long as the final issue delivers as much as this one, this will be known as one of Marvel's greatest and most beloved runs ever. Make sure you check this one out, it's definitely a buy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 11, 2015

    Oh, for crying out loud, we're still not through with this arc yet? I started covering Hawkeye with #5 at the tail end of 2012. Two years later, and the series still doesn't have two dozen issues to its name, which says a lot about its pacing. It wasn't all time well spent, either; for every brilliant page of character development, there was also a page of Clint scratching his head as to what's going on, a lot of brain-farting, or a bunch of guys saying "Bro" a thousand and one times.* Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Feb 5, 2015

    But Hawkeye is and always has been a comic about heart and keepingit in the right place (even if our hero still tends to lousethings up more often than not). Though we only have one more issue to enjoy from this Eisner Award-winning team, Fraction, Aja, Hollingsworth and Eliopoulos are at least giving our favorite archer a send-off worthy of all that's come before. All good things must come to an end " which is doubly true in comics " but every once in a while, that end is truly worth the wait. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Stephen Hardman Feb 8, 2015

    This issue had everything that has made the series so excellent " tension throughout, great action sequences, emotional depth, comedy, heartbreak. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 7, 2015

    Hawkeye has changed the way I look at comics, has changed the way I want to write my own comics. Hawkeye is masterpiece-quality. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 5, 2015

    "Hawkeye" #21 is a dark issue, one that puts its characters through the wringer. Yet, even as tragedy strikes Hawkeye as the attempt to stop the Tracksuit Draculas crumbles all around him, there's a moment of hope on the last page that is so perfectly timed that I suspect a lot of readers will give a little gasp; I know I did. It's the perfect cliffhanger, that moment that makes you desperately want to see the conclusion. I'm sad to see Fraction, Aja and Hollingsworth on their way out, but they're giving us one hell of a ride in doing so. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Feb 5, 2015

    Hawkeye #21 is a bitter-sweet beginning to the end of Clint Barton's most stylish solo run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Feb 4, 2015

    As always, Fraction's timed beats and engaging quirks live and die with artist David Aja. He hasn't disappointed yet and he sure as heck doesn't now, his pages at once brilliant and immersive. The artist has such a keen understanding of what is happening and what needs to happen, his panels numerous but never wasted. He combines with colorist Matt Hollingsworth for some incredible imagery, mixing detailed lines with beautifully simplistic design. The initial arrival of the Tracksuit Draculas is punctuated by the vanishing of a bike and the growing dots of headlights, Aja using little to convey much. And that final page...good luck making it out of that one unscathed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Tyler Edwards Feb 24, 2015

    You feel Hawkeye #21 in every fiber of your being. The final pages are a rollercoaster of heart pounding action and the culmination of so many emotions built up throughout the series. It is hard to imagine a reader not welling up over the penultimate issue of Hawkeye. Whether it is from the heartbreak of loss, the joyful anticipation for an impending reunion, or simply mourning the near end of one of the best series in recent comic book history. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Book Herald - Matt Lehn Feb 7, 2015

    It will be a damn shame when this volume of Hawkeye wraps. However, it will be nice to have a completely self-contained short and sweet run. It started out fairly opened-ended but wound up telling one long story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 7, 2015

    The penultimate issue ratchets the tension and looks great doing it… Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper Feb 6, 2015

    The whole issue is a whirlwind of a read, delivering a lot of story in a standard length comic. Aja's gifts as a storyteller extend it, as he uses unique and rapid fire paneling to make these 20 pages worth 40 of an ordinary book. It reads fast, it reads breathlessly, but it's dense at the same time. It's a cleverly made book, and one with a hellaciously impactful ending. Read Full Review

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