Old Man Hawkeye #1 Review
When Wolverine was encased in adamantium in Death of Wolverine (sorry if I spoiled that 3 years old story for you) I knew Marvel couldn’t afford to keep one of their best and most adored heroes “dead”, so I I waited to see what excuse they would have to bring the Canuck back to life. So far, they haven’t, although in the latest Legacy reboots we’re seeing our grumpy friend make small appearances here and there, hinting at a not so surprising return.
What was surprising was a little book from Brian Michael Bendis, pencilled by the epic Andrea Sorrentino called Old Man Logan. I do understand Mark Millar and Steve McNiven had a book years back with the same name but I want to focus on the Old Man Logan post Death of Wolverine. In this book we’re taken to a future dimension, akin of the old west, ravaged by a savage and brutal Hulk bloodline.
What does this have to do with Old Man Hawkeye? I’m glad you asked, it has everything to do with this book since it takes place in the same timeline. I absolutely love this era, I’m craving more of it, I can’t get enough of it. Ethan Sacks jumps right into where Bendis and Jeff Lemire have left off bringing an old man Clint Barton into the wild west. This is outlaw country, an area of expertise for ol’ Hawkeye if I don’t say so myself.
In the first book of Old Man Hawkeye we find Clint doing “side work” when he’s confronted by a gang of Madrox. The entire scene is brilliantly written, while the art from Marco Chechetto pieces it all together seamlessly. Barton obviously lives through the ordeal but a terrible thing happens… he misses. Our beloved Hawkeye is losing his eyesight, and that’s not even the biggest piece! There’s so much in issue one I want to scream it from atop a mountain and talk to everyone about it, just so much good stuff.
Fans of Hawkeye, lovers of everything Logan and spaghetti westerns need to jump on Old Man Hawkeye now. You can’t predict what happens in the last 4 pages. Get on it!