5TIL: Hawkeye (Fraction/Aja)

5 THINGS I LIKED ABOUT HAWKEYE

As you know (if you don’t know, now you do) this blog hugely consists of my amateur opinions and excessive excitement over… well, everything. While not everybody likes what I like nearly as much as I do, and while I’m not an expert and I don’t like everything, I like most things and this is one of them. So, if you like reading about what I like about the things I like, here’s 5 Things I Liked about Hawkeye (2012-2015 by Matt Fraction/David Aja)!

* SPOILER ALERT *

01: I DUNNO, MAN. DOG LIKES PIZZA, HOW BAD CAN HE BE?

Barton to Tracksuit Mafia guy

The one thing I love without a doubt, under any circumstance, in any case imaginable, is a dog. Man I love dogs. Any breed, any age. Give me all the puppers and old doges and everything in between, please and thank you. I just love dogs so much. So when Lucky the Pizza Dog not only became a prominent character in the series, but got a whole full issue all to himself, I knew this was going to be the greatest comic series I would ever have the pleasure of enjoying, and it has yet to be topped. Sweet, precious, one-eyed Pizza Dog. Gotta love ‘im.

02: AW, COFFEE, NO.

Barton to his cup of coffee as it spills on the counter

The only inanimate thing I love as much as a dog is a good cup of coffee. It doesn’t even have to be good if the morning has been rough enough… it just has to be a big enough cup of a strong enough coffee. And maybe love isn’t even the right word… need seems more accurate. It’s a necessity, ranked somewhere between oxygen and three square meals a day. While Hawkeye’s non-super-superhero status makes him appear more realistic, nothing makes him more relatable than his constant need for caffeine, which more often than not requires him to drink it straight from the pot. The end of the world can wait – just let us have our coffee first.

03: THEN YOU AND ME ARE GOING TO HAVE WORDS. HAWKEYE OUT.

Bishop on the phone with her father

The female counterparts or versions of some male heroes in (and out of) the Marvel universe are often named or titled in a way that provides a clear distinction between the two characters, such as Lady Deadpool, Spider-Woman, She-Hulk, and more. These distinctions make conversation much easier, since it eliminates having to explain which Deadpool, Spider-person, or Hulk is being discussed, since there can be a mountain of variables in their characteristics and storelines besides their genitalia. I personally see these distinctions as nothing more than helpful to conversation, but I understand that others may find these distinctions offensive, or find them to be unnecessary or unequilizing to the characters. To each their own. From either perspective, the intentional lack of distinction between Hawkeye Clint Barton and Hawkeye Kate Bishop (and the snippets of dialog illustrating the confusion this causes to the background characters) is an interesting take on a duo/counterpart relationship. Additionally, giving Bishop a hefty amount of page time (some completely without Barton), and showing her as equally as essential to the series without being a love interest is refreshing.

04: (THAT SON OF A B(ENCH) ?)

Young Clint reading young Barney’s lips

Between Hawkeye’s lack of superhuman abilities and his relentless dedication to spending every free moment relaxing in his apartment and avoiding literally everything except for Lucky, a pizza, and Kate (if she’s lucky), he is a refreshingly relatable superhero, but there is one characteristic that sets him apart from his colleagues and connects him even more closely to a specific demographic: his deafness. Hawkeye’s experiences with his deafness- both in childhood and adulthood- are illustrated beautifully through empty talk bubbles, detailed expressions, and almost an entire issue done in ASL alone. It is a fascinating (and in some ways, entertaining) insight to a condition that doesn’t seem to get a lot of page or screen time in this genre of character, and stands to set Clint Barton apart, not just as a hero but as an inspiration and a friend to anyone with a similar condition.

05: ATTABOY, HAWKGUY.

“Grills” to Barton, on the roof

The overall, bottom line appeal of Clint Barton is that, in his humanity, he’s both comfortably familiar and also all the things we should aspire to be. Yes, he wakes up on the wrong side of the bed nearly every morning. He’s clumsy, occasionally messy, and always hungry. He has his highs and lows, in some moments having an almost childlike excitement over TV shows or the smallest investments in his craft, and in others, experiencing the isolating self-doubt or depression most of us are capable of facing in certain moments of our lives. Beyond the eyebags and bandaids, however, is a caring,compassionate, and generous friend and neighbor, who goes above (literally) and beyond to provide for and protect those in his life.

Ultimately, Fraction, Aja, and company did an absolutely incredible thing with this series, and I look forward to enjoying it again and again and again!

Is one of these 5 things your favorite? Did you like something else that I failed to mention? Any other thoughts? Let me know! (click here)

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