Hawkeye #14

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Annie Wu Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 27, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 20
8.5Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

•  This one has it all! Characters! Plot! Story! Dialogue! Theme! Meaning! Message! Action! A little exposition! Fire! Arrows! Criminals! Neighbors! Large bodies of water! Clients! Cops who don't care! A system that victimizes the victims! The dog!
•  In a broken town where cynicism and apathy has its claws around the throat of the good and decent, LADY HAWKEYE is the only hero you can trust!

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Nov 29, 2013

    It's a dramatic, well-executed ending for "L.A. Woman," which meets the book's standard of splashy yet casual excellence. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Rafael Gaitan Dec 3, 2013

    This is the one-shot comic version of The Long Goodbye, and if you recall the previously all-capitalized letters tag, this is what I meant. You should watch the hell out of that movie too. Even if you don't care about ANY of this, HAWKEYE still a goddamned great comic- it's sharp, gorgeous and clever and literally unlike anything Marvel or any retailer is publishing. It's also a great jumping-on point for a series that knows no nadir. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 30, 2013

    This issue is everything I love about modern day comics. It's fun, it's funny, it's adorable, and it's delightfully human. Hawkeye #14 is the story of a plucky young hero saving the day. She only ever fires her bow once, and never wears a mask or a costume in solving the case. I suppose some might say that means it's not a superhero story, but I beg to differ. Kate is who she is because this is a world of superheroes. Fraction gives Kate such a wonderful voice. She's quirky and clever, but also just a little bit oblivious. The art by Wu is equally fun, fitting the character and the story perfectly. This comic is just all around great. It's exactly the kind of thing I want to read when I buy my stack of comics each week. Kudos Fraction and company for everything you do. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Nov 27, 2013

    There really is no dropoff with these Kate Bishop stories, and that's a fantastic thing to see. They have a similar Average Joe Superhero tone, but Kate has a very different personality from Clint Barton, and her head-on approach is a lot of fun to read. I could read a whole series just with her. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 1, 2013

    From a textual and artistic standpoint, a Kate-centric issue is easily the equal of a Clint-centric issue and is, appropriately enough, even more focused and purposeful. Already looking forward to the next one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Nov 27, 2013

    This is one of the best issues of Hawkeye in recent memory. Fraction and Wu work really beautifully together, as they foster an amusing tale of early adulthood. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Connor Relyea Nov 28, 2013

    Fraction and Wu did an excellent job with their first Kate-centric book and with the reveal of her main villain at the end of the book (which really wasn't a surprise) it will be fun to see what Kate gets into in her next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Magen Cubed Nov 28, 2013

    Overall, Hawkeye #14 is a pleasant break from the titles recent darker tone, and serves to widen the books scope. Fun and funny, with a few tender moments interspersed throughout, this issue cleverly brings us up to speed on Kates misadventures and hints to future exploits. A solid read from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Stuart Kirkham Nov 28, 2013

    When all's said and done this is a nice little issue that does it's job and entertains along the way, even tying in to the ongoing story with the twist at the end. This should be an entertaining few months as the two parallel plots build and inevitably converge as Clint and Kate are reunited, and it's a relief to see that even with a new collaborator, team Hawkguy is as strong as ever. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Alvin Minon Dec 18, 2013

    Once again I'm sorry this has been an uber late post. It's a good read and I shouldn't have delayed letting other people know how enjoyable this Hawkeye is. It might not hit the same intensity set in Clint's parallel narrative, but this issue has its charms and Kate continues to prove that the LA Woman is no longer Clint's foil. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Melissa Grey Nov 27, 2013

    This Hawkeye is bursting with youthful energy, which is sprinkled with a heavy dose of navet, and the art (by Matt Hollingsworth) is a solid thematic match. It's bright and chipper, without any darkness to temper it. Even the villain who puts in a brief appearance at the end is right at home in Kate's preternaturally sunny world. Overall, it's a confection of a comic that cleanses the palate after last month's emotional beat down, but it doesn't quite hit the high notes that Clint's parallel narrative does. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Sam Burgess Nov 27, 2013

    All in all this comic was enjoyable. The best in the series so far? Na. But it's still of high quality as always. A complex plot isn't provided but the comic does it's job in introducing new characters and future plot points. I can't wait to read the next installment of Kate's saga which sadly won't be here until 2 months. Read Full Review

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