From the House of Ideas: Explore Hawkeye Stories, Old and New

Unless you’ve been living under a very large rock, you know that this past week saw the arrival of the new Hawkeye Disney+ series, starring Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton and the wonderful Hailee Steinfeld as his would-be, archer apprentice Kate Bishop. As far as the past year of live-action Marvel shows, I have to say that Hawkeye has been the most fun for me. The combination of the holiday setting in New York City and the immediate winning chemistry between Renner and Steinfeld has made the series immediately entertaining and accessible.

Of course, the show hasn’t just manifested itself out of thin air. No, the series is based on Matt Fraction and David Aja’ instant classic Hawkeye comic book series from 2012, that first introduced the world to Kate Bishop and helped make Clint Barton a legitimate solo star. Fraction and Aja’s run has recently been compiled in a massive 555-page tome titled Hawkeye by Fraction and Aja: The Saga of Barton and Bishop. If you haven’t read the original 2012 series before, or want the entire run in one nice collection, this book is pretty much a must have. Get it for yourself or someone you love, bro.

Along with that blast from the recent, this past week also saw the launch of a brand new Hawkeye: Kate Bishop title from writer Marieke Nijkamp and artist Enid Balám. The story picks up with Bishop on her way back to NYC after some time on the West Coast. Before she can get home, she picks up a case at a swanky resort where she also encounters her sister Susan, who hasn’t always been supportive of Kate’s super hero ways.

The big star of Hawkeye: Kate Bishop is the wonderful art courtesy of Enid Balám. There’s an overhead shot of the resort in question that’s worth the price of admission alone. Like the character herself, Balám’s art has a kinetic energy to it that actually feels quite unique, a quality that we should always be looking for in a comic book.

If Hawkeye on Disney+ has whet your whistle for more Kate Bishop, as it should, both Hawkeye by Fraction and Aja: The Saga of Barton and Bishop and Hawkeye: Kate Bishop hit the bullseye and are well worth reading.

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