Hawkeye Vol. 2 #20

Hawkeye Vol. 2 #20

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Annie Wu Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 10, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 11
9.0Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

• KATE-GUY! MADAME MASQUE! LOS ANGELES! EXPLOSIONS! THE END OF SUMMER VACATION! THE FINAL SHOWDOWN FOR ALL THE MARBLES! THE MARBLES ARE A METAPHOR!
•  YOU BELONG YOU BELONG YOU BELONG YOU BELONG TO THE MERRY MARBLE MARCHING SOCIETY!
•  This is... THE BIG ONE. Fraction and Wu and Hollingsworth too -- OH MY!

  • 10
    Nerds Unchained - Magen Cubed Sep 12, 2014

    Likewise, this issue features some of Wus best artwork to date. From Kates mugshot on the fourth page to her dramatic final departure on the last, Wu employs stunning page designs and storytelling techniques throughout, cleverly incorporating gutters into the story to break up space. Together with the unfailingly shrewd palette choices of colorist Hollingsworth, Wu leaves her mark on this series with a truly affective, compelling and memorable visual reading experience. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 10, 2014

    "Hawkeye" #20 is the sort of comic that you could talk about all day long and still find little sparks that jump out at you. This isn't the comic where you want to read it over and over again because it makes you feel so good; rather, you want to re-read it because you need to re-live those moments being at Kate's side. A part of her new family, so to speak, being the support that she needs. I'm sad to see this story at an end now -- but what an ending it was. Hopefully this won't be the last time we see Fraction and Wu work together, because this was amazing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Rachel Greeman Sep 12, 2014

    All in all: Hawkeye is one of those comics that reminds me why I still love the medium. And Hawkeye #20 is a perfect issue of a really spectacular series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 10, 2014

    I've always preferred the Clint Barton stories in this series but Fraction, Wu, and Hollingsworth completely sold me on Kate taking the spotlight with this issue. There's a crazy range of emotions going on and things don't go great for Kate, despite her usual upbeat and cheerful nature. This is the sort of comic you want to read slowly to savor each moment. You simply don't want it to end. This issue was well worth the wait and you'll be bummed once you've read it and it's over. But you can always read it again. It's definitely going to be interesting to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdophiles - Ashley Leckwold Sep 11, 2014

    Just read the damn thing. Between this and #19, we've really gotten some of Fraction's best work. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Sep 10, 2014

    So for now, so long, Annie, but we've still got a few more issues to go before we have to say our final tearful goodbye to Hawkeye altogether. Until then, you can find me painfully in denial rocking gently in the corner of my local comics shop. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Sep 11, 2014

    Matt Fraction knows how to write a fun Kate Bishop story, and Annie Wu's artistic talent brings Kate to life. Perhaps more than any other artist, Wu has given Kate her definitive expressions, body language (storming off!), and most memorable panels. This issue wins because Kate's personality wins at keeping us interested, entertained, and sympathetic. One of the most tragic things about Hawkeye's upcoming end is how much we'll miss these stories of Kate exploring her emerging adulthood. I hope both Kate Bishop and Annie Wu maintain a prominent place in comics after this volume of Hawkeye concludes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 14, 2014

    I'm running out of superlatives. Highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Gregory L. Reece Sep 16, 2014

    Not-so-loveable loser? Can't be happy even when things go his way? Stumbling from one thing to another? Kind of guy that attracts friends like Kate? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Sep 10, 2014

    Kate's adventures in Los Angeles have been a thrilling interlude. They've managed to both maintain the overall tone of the comic, while telling a story that is entirely its own. It gave Fraction an opportunity to explore detective noir (in addition to his work on Satellite Sam) and Wu a chance to show off her design skills. This story has been outrageously fun and surprisingly potent, but it has come to a close. Now it's time for Hawkeye to do the same. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Kat Vendetti Sep 12, 2014

    The large gaps between issues do make it hard to recall the purpose and recurring elements of Kate's adventures; "L.A. Woman" would fare better as a trade, but Hawkeye #20 is a solid conclusion to Kate's story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 13, 2014

    Kate's rivalry with Madam Masque is just a wonderful take on the hero vs. villain dynamic. Hawkeye as a series has earned every praise it has received,especially considering Fraction is writing essentially two separate comics, and both of them are just as great as the other. It's going to be a sad day in comic land when Hawkeye comes to an end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Sep 10, 2014

    Really, the script as a whole benefits from Wu's gift for subtle nuance. Her facial contortions and physical quirks are fantastic -- you can tell the mood and general demeanor of Kate just by looking at her, no small feat when that mood changes every three panels. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Cassandra Clarke Sep 12, 2014

    A gritty and grand farewell to Marvel's first self-declared female private eye detective/Avenger; a must-have uproarious adventure Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - M. 'Pawz' Williams Sep 12, 2014

    Hawkeye #20 is a satisfying conclusion to Bishop's dark L.A. odyssey. Fraction, Wu and Hollingsworth collaborate beautifully in this issue Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Touch of Grey Sep 16, 2014

    I only wish other Young Avengers characters could get the airtime Kate's been getting with Hawkeye, though I'm glad of all the characters to be featured in another book, it's her. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 10, 2014

    It was a simple job. Maybe. And admittedly, neither Kate Bishop nor Matt Fraction really accomplished it. Kate Bishop's jaunt to L.A. wound up taking over a year to wrap up, and all she has are some newly discovered daddy issues to show for it. That's life, sometimes. That's drama. And for a comic that's as goofy, self-effacing and naturalistic as Hawkeye, maybe that's fitting, too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 17, 2014

    Entertaining enough, but it could have been so, so much more. Read Full Review

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