It’s the story everyone has been wanting to read. What is life like through the eyes of a dog? More importantly, through the eyes of a dog that has been taken in by an Avenger. This story is all about how life goes through the eyes of Lucky a.k.a. Pizza Dog. From picking up only a couple comprehensible words from an argument between Clint and Kate to his investigation of a murder to his hunt for food to finding romance with a neighbor’s dog. This is the story everyone has been waiting their whole life for.
It’s issues like these that make Hawkeye such a wonderful book. Matt Fraction is able to take an idea and shape it into something grand. Seeing much of what happens from where the last issue leaves off onwards through the eyes of Lucky creates an interesting narrative, making readers guess what appears to be on the horizon for Clint Barton and the residents of his apartment. But then the real appeal is seeing how things work in Lucky’s mind. When he passes by the various doors of Clint’s neighbors, he registers a few distinguishing traits about them for him to know who they are and if they’re friendly. The same goes with the why he tries to go about investigating the murder of one of the residents on the roof, such as point one listing the victim and his traits, point two listing surroundings, and point three noticeable evidence. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to have a Lucky issue take place at least once a year from this point onward, given how fun it is to read.
David Aja, I believe, is given some writing credit as well since the majority of the book is based on the visuals. Aja maps out a wonderful look at the way Lucky sees the world and constructs excellent illustrations the showcase this. From the number of panels needed to get the picture across to how big the diagram of how Lucky’s mind works makes for an excellent look through that I’m sure will result in numerous analysis from readers with different opinions about what everything means to Lucky and what it could really mean for Clint in the months to come. Let’s not forget the great coloring by Matt Hollingsworth. Hawkeye is a book that does not really need a whole lot of shading or vibrancy in colors. It’s flat, but it’s part of the appeal and charm of the book as it takes away the glamorous side that is usually found in the super hero world.
Hawkeye #11 is a fine example of an experiment that not only works, but deserves to be executed again. Matt Fraction and David Aja have come up with one of the most brilliant single-issue episodes that fans will not only want more of, they’ll also be doing a lot of examination to figure out the clues of what is to come for the series. Shame on you if you’re not already reading this series. It comes highly recommended.
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