Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1
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Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1

Writer: Marieke Nijkamp Artist: Enid Balm Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 24, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 23
7.5Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Kate’s heading home! Or at least, back to New York. And as much as she wants to go back to where her friends – her chosen family – are, she’s changed since she was last on the East Coast. So she’s picked up a pit stop case first. A confidence-booster, to prove to herself she’s making the right decision and not going to backslide into her past just by changing time zones. Besides, the case is perfect: Swanky resort? Check. Jewel heist? Check. Almost definitely 100% a trap? Check. Don’t miss this exciting new miniseries from New York Times bestselling writer Marieke Nijkamp and artist Enid Balám! 

  • 9.5
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Nov 30, 2021

    A fairly strong start. The dialogue is fast and quippy, which is expected and appreciated. This opening chapter sets the story up well but doesn't give too much away. There's enough here to whet your appetite enough to hang in for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Megan Peters Nov 24, 2021

    Hawkeye: Kate Bishop pushes forward with a strong start in its debut, and this first issue finishes with that same power. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Nov 24, 2021

    Kate Bishop returns in a hilarious and action-packed first issue. Mystery and sass abound! What more could a Hawkeye fan ask for? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Nov 22, 2021

    Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1has me hopeful for what Kate's latest investigation will bring. The creative team seems to have a wonderful grasp of the character and if the scenario they craft can pan out well, this story could be another installment in Kate's comic history. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Nov 28, 2021

    I would recommend this one if you enjoyed the character in the recent TV series and want to see them in their own story. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Watch - Sasha Kaplan Nov 22, 2021

    I hope to see Cassie and other Young Avengers members pop up in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 24, 2021

    Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 is a pretty solid start that kicks off what feels like a fun mini-series. I don't see this as a world-changing story but enough entertainment that long time fans should be pleased and new ones will feel welcomed. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Nov 24, 2021

    It's not the best debut of a Kate Bishop comic, but it does what it needs to do to establish this new series as a memorable one. Fans of the character will want to jump in to see where this series goes, while those who want to get to know Kate will get a good idea of what makes Kate special. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 22, 2021

    Not being a big Hawkeye (either of them to be honest), fan I had very little interest in this book. I am glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised to find an easy going, light-hearted book that fits the mould of any of Marvel's main universe line of books. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Nov 22, 2021

    Marvel's HAWKEYE: KATE BISHOP #1 is tons of fun. This creative team captures the "goofy yet capable" nature of their main character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Nov 24, 2021

    One aspect I really enjoyed about this issue though is the art by Enid Balm, recently of this years Reptil. I liked his pencils in that series, but his sketchybut polishedstyle really pops here. He draws Kate with a dynamic springiness (seen especially in the opening set piece) that suits the character. The additions of Oren Junior and Brittany Peer to the art team also really illuminate just how much an inker and a color artist can affect the look of a pencilers linework; his Reptil art looks similar to the visuals here, yet somehow feel very different in tone with Juniors inks and Peers colors. Balm is definitely an artist to watch after his Marvel work this year. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 27, 2021

    This new series is off to a good, if slightly shaky start. Character work is strong and the new story has simple potential, but the issue is not as tight as it could be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 24, 2021

    Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 is a decent enough introduction to its title character, but it pales in comparison to her earlier appearances. While it isn't a bad book by any means, I think those fans of the new Disney+ series looking for more stories of Kate in action would be better served tracking down the trades of the Matt Fraction/David Aja Hawkeye series than picking up this book. Established fans of Kate Bishop, however, will want to grab this just to see what Kate's been doing since West Coast Avengers ended. Read Full Review

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