Happy New Year! What better way to ring in 2020 with two new comics starring two of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes from two of the hottest writers working for Marvel?
Trick question. There is no better way.
Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Nic Klein
First up is the debut issue from the new Thor team of Cates and Klein, who are picking up the God of Thunder’s story follow a long run crafted by writer Jason Aaron. Things are different in Thor’s world – he’s not just the God of Thunder, he’s also risen to the role of All-Father of Asgard, with an incredible amount of power along with the anxiety that comes with ruling.
It’s been a while since I followed the exploits of Thor and as I cracked open my digital copy of the book, I was skeptical that I’d be able to get into it. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I didn’t need to have any knowledge of the recent past. Cates has created a story that gets you subtly up to speed so that you know where Thor is currently when it comes to his personality. There’s humour and heavy stakes in #1 that effectively set up the first arc, including an appearance from everybody’s favourite world eater. If you’ve never read a Thor book or haven’t been reading his exploits over the last few years, this is a great place to start.
For digital readers, definitely pick up the Director’s Cut edition, complete with Donny Cates’ script for this first issue. It’s extremely enlightening to see the writer’s creative process at play.
Hawkeye: Freefall #1
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Otto Schmidt
I loved the work Matthew Rosenberg did on Uncanny X-Men last year, and I was eager to see what he’d deliver with a new Hawkeye series. The bar has been set pretty high, as Matt Fraction and David Aja breathed new life into the character with their instant classic run. We’ll see if Rosenberg and Schmidt are able to do the same (no pressure, fellas), but they certainly nailed the first issue for the most part.
Here we see a solo Hawkeye running up against The Hood, Parker Robbins, as Clint Barton stops a weapons deal from going down. However, his expectations aren’t met when The Hood manages to avoid jail time while his men are sent to jail. This sets up some nice character moments between the two, featuring dialogue that just jumps off the page. Throw in some cameos from a few fellow Avengers (some of it played maybe a little too much for laughs, mind you) and this book is also on the right track to me becoming a regular reader. Let’s hope the creators get the time to tell their tales and put their own stamp on Hawkeye.