Who is Hawkeye outside of the Avengers? What does Clint Barton do when he’s not being Hawkeye? Apparently start lots of fights, shell out tons of cash, hang out with young Avenger Kate Bishop, and also be a total smartass.
Each issue is a sort of stand-alone thriller with Clint and Kate getting in and out of all kinds of trouble. Some of the conflicts are as small as saving an apartment building or a dog, and as large as a billion dollar sting operation in Madripoor. Fraction’s Hawkeye is also very different from the one I know from the MCU. He’s much more lively (and handsome) and is very quick of wit (see former smartass comment). The relationship between fellow sharpshooter and sharer of Hawkeye name Kate Bishop is also really fun, although I can’t tell if it’s really a brother/sister sort of thing as they both claim, or whether they’ve got chemistry going on.
My only complaints would be the weird prevalence of the word “Bro” in a couple of the issues, and also that it felt pretty disjointed at times and I found it challenging to keep everything straight.
The artwork for the first three issues was awesome and really stylized. I especially love how David Aja sticks to the purple and beige color palette. But when it switched from Aja’s art to Javier Pulido’s, it wasn’t as great, even though Pulido’s art still tries to maintain that stylized cartoonish look.
There’s a random Young Avengers issue in the back of the book, also written by Fraction, but I mostly skimmed it because if I wanted to read Young Avengers, I would have read Young Avengers.