Hawkeye Vol. 2 #16

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Annie Wu Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 22, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 14
8.2Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

• The adventures of Lady Hawkguy out west continue as Kate helps a reclusive and Sixties-damaged pop music genius find his lost masterpiece.
•  Madame Masque, meanwhile, finds HER. By which we mean starts trying to kill her again.
•  Also the cat needs cat food and there's none to be found. What's THAT about?
•  Hey not for nothin' but you guys gotta try these Cronuts!

  • 10
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jan 24, 2014

    Whether Burton or Bishop, Hawkeye continues to be one of the best titles Marvel cranks out. Fraction, Wu, Aja and Hollingsworth are a revolution. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jan 24, 2014

    Whether Burton or Bishop, Hawkeye continues to be one of the best titles Marvel cranks out. Fraction, Wu, Aja and Hollingsworth are a revolution. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Jan 26, 2014

    Hawkeye #16 makes me want to write about music again but I still cant find the words. I still cant find something new to say like I can with comics now. Ive exhausted my repertoire of things to write about for music but at least this issue had the power to strike inspiration in something I no longer have the heart or mindset for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Magen Cubed Jan 24, 2014

    As for the artwork, Wu unfolds the plot with a wealth of strong drug-fueled imagery. She brings a welcomed shade of weird to this adventure, through the use of thoughtful panel composition and page design. As with the previous California-centered issue, her artwork makes for a pleasant tone shift that feels uniquely Kate. Hollingsworths clean, cool color choices once again paint Kates settings as uniquely sun-bleached, while still maintaining the purple tones were accustomed to with this title. Strong as ever, Hawkeye #16 is a solid read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Jan 24, 2014

    Hawkeye is a diamond in the rough of comic books. There's nothing else out there like it, but I wish more comics followed its example. There is a lot of humanity in Marvel's resident archers. And humanity, especially adorable humanity, makes for good comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Alison Berry Jan 24, 2014

    It will be nice to see Clint Barton again next issue, but its been incredibly rewarding to watch Fraction flesh out Kates world and voice as fully as he has Clints. It proves that Hawkeye is every bit as compelling as the Hawkguy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 25, 2014

    Hawkeye #16 is a shining example of why this series gets so much praise. This is a comic about ordinary people trying to live in an extraordinary world. Kate may not be saving all of New York from Dr. Doom, but she sure as hell is making a difference in some lives, while improving her own, all with the spirit and energy it takes to put on a purple costume and try to fight crime. And the art by Annie Wu is just as perfect for Kate's adventures as David Aja is for Clint's. Kate looks every bit as adorable as she reads, and that is how you put together an amazing comic book. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Jan 24, 2014

    If you would've told me a year ago that "Hawkeye" would take over three months away from Clint Barton to follow Kate Bishop in L.A., I would've been pretty bummed at the prospect. That said, if you had told me back in the summer of 2012 that one of the best super hero books in decades would be a Hawkeye solo title, I would've laughed in your face. Once again, Matt Fraction has managed to surpass expectations, giving us the stories we never knew we wanted. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 23, 2014

    With references to the nonsensical line-up of the L.A.-based Champions to a hideous traffic jam on the 405, I love that "Hawkeye" #16 really feels like it's in Los Angeles, not just a generic location with a few palm trees. However much longer Kate's sojourn on the west coast lasts, it's going to be a lot of fun thanks to Fraction and Wu. Who cares that "Hawkeye" #15 isn't out yet? "Hawkeye" #16 is a winner and a half. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jan 26, 2014

    The story peters out towards the end and does little to bring Kate's new life to, well, life, but Fraction and Wu's execution is strong enough to deliver an entertaining read anyway. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Troy Wheatley Jan 27, 2014

    Along with Casanova, Matt Fraction's Hawkeye is his best work to date, giving him free rein to try out his 'too cool for school' ideas, some of which fall flat, but many of which work brilliantly. Like Mark Waid's similarly exuberant and scaled-down Daredevilit is hard to know when the novelty and charm might wear off. At the moment though, while I always like seeing the interaction between Clint and Kate, separating them has helped keep the title from getting stale too quickly. Hawkeyeis certainly self-consciously hip, and its use of pop history in this issue (such as name-dropping the sixties LA band Love) continues in that vein. However, in a superhero milieu of ret-cons, rehashes, and every '70s superhero joining the Avengers, it is refreshing to have a series that wants to forge its own path forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Henry Varona Jan 30, 2014

    Overall, Hawkeye is a book that many are writing off due to delays, but it's still as much fun as it was in the beginning. It's fun and the fragmented structure of the issues works to the books strengths, allowing for them to balance multiple stories at once. I'm sticking around for the long haul and I can't wait to see how it pays off. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 22, 2014

    As usual with these Kate-centric issues, Annie Wu steps in to provide the art. She has a softer touch that suits Kate's world well without veering too far outside the established Hawkeye aesthetic. The art manages to be both laid back and dynamic as the situation demands. However, Wu doesn't bring the same eye for design as Aja, nor the emphasis on small, repeated panels that makes his issues so visually appealing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 26, 2014

    All in all, this issue somehow doesn't feel quite as self-assured as some previous issues of this book have, though the reappearance of the Eliot Gould-type detective is cute, and the shot at Marvel's most unlikely seventies super-team was pretty funny. Part of my discomfort is probably the amount of time it's been since we've seen Clint, Barney and the rest of the cast back in NY (something that wouldn't have happened, if not for the production issues) and Kate's fish-out-of-water situation feels a little forced this time around. Still, even a not-as-great issue of this title is a better than average affair, and Kate's adventures in wonderland are still engaging, with Hawkeye #16 earning a better-than-average 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jan 24, 2014

    This has been a phenomenal series, but it seems some of the behind-the-scenes delays have finally started to have an effect on the comic, so hopefully, Marvel can correct whatever production and editorial issues forced a delay in Issue #15 causing this this issue to be rushed out to newsstands. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Jan 22, 2014

    Hawkeye #16 was a cute issue with some fun dialogue, but it would be nice to see more from this series. However, the book was definitely an enjoyable read with some great humor that probably wont disappoint the Hawkeye fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Refueled - ironmarco Jan 23, 2014

    This was a nice mellow issue and told a very self-contained story. You probably wouldn't miss out terribly if you skipped this issue but it was definitely an enjoyable read and if you like Kate Bishop you should definitely give this a read. Read Full Review

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