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All-New Hawkeye #2 Blends The Past With The Present

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All-New Hawkeye #2, written by Jeff Lemire and art by Ramón K Pérez, continues the dual story lines and art styles.

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All-New Hawkeye #2 cover by Ramon Perez from Marvel.com

All-New Hawkeye #2

WRITER: Jeff Lemire
ARTIST: Ramón K Pérez
COLORIST: Ian Herring
LETTERER: VC’s Joe Sabino
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: April 8, 2015
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All-New Hawkeye #2 continues the dual plotlines that we saw in issue #1. In the past we see Clint and Barney flee their foster family and run to the carnival for safety. The members of the carnival see their foster father beating Barney and intervene, setting up how Clint and Barney would learn their skills as adults. In the present Kate and Clint are still trying to escape a compound with some children that have been held captive and have some unusual abilities.

At time of writing I have already seen Avengers: Age of Ultron and one of the things that I liked the most about the movie was that I have finally seen the live action version of the Clint Barton that I love so much. I have a feeling that he is going to be the Hulk of this movie as he is going to be the one who walks away from this with the most new fans. I’m very glad that I have a new series that focuses on Hawkeye that we can point people toward. The creative team behind this comic is doing what was thought to be impossible and that is following in the footsteps of the Fraction/Aja Hawkeye series.

In this series we continue to enjoy the two different stories told with two different art styles. I really love this as a narrative device and I think that more comics should adapt it for flashbacks. It just makes the two stories seem very different while keeping the reader engaged. There is also the fact that it makes it very clear to the reader that these are two different times in history without needing to put an obnoxious sepia filter over your art.

It also makes sure that writer Jeff Lemire gets to keep things interesting. It takes a lot of talent to tell two stories at once and make sure that they still feel tied together somehow. I give him a lot of credit for making sure that the past and present storylines in All-New Hawkeye feel connected while still being two separate stories. The art by Ramón K Pérez and colors by Ian Herring continue to blow me away with the water color” in the past” sections being my favorite. The contrast keeps the story from ever being boring visually and gives the book a unique look unlike anything I’ve ever read.

All-New Hawkeye #2 continues to show promise, and if this creative team continues to capture the voices of two of my favorite characters so perfectly I won’t be taking this one off my pull list anytime soon. Once you realize how awesome Clint Barton is after you see Avengers: Age of Ultron pick up the first two issues of All-New Hawkeye.

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All-New Hawkeye #2 variant cover by Kevin P. Wada from Marvel.com

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