This volume takes us to the point where Clint and Kate go their separate ways. The plot is laid out in flash backs and forwards in time. This volume has more of Kate’s background than Clint’s. It feels like there needs to be one more volume to tie the three together.
The main plot of this volume is project Communion. We see Clint and Kate on a mission for Maria Hill of SHIELD in the Hydra headquarters. The project is actually three children to whom Kate becomes very attached. This becomes a source of tension between Kate and Clint. So much that it looks like the two of them are going to break up the team.
We then flash forward into the future to see what would become of Kate and Clint twenty years in the future. We see that they drifted apart and haven’t kept in touch much. It’s sad really. We come back to the present to see Clint visit Barney and gets some sound advice.
This volume played a lot with past, present, and future and I liked it. It kept me engaged with the plot and trying to figure out where we were going. I’m doing so, it gave depth to the characters. Especially Clint. He seemed to finally find his moral compass and instead of being a victim he can now be active in his own future. I find the relationship between Clint and Kate really intriguing. They’re platonic and have very much tied their identities together. Almost like Batman and Robin, but in this case the Hawkeyes feel more equal to one another. I’m looking forward to reading the next volume to see where we go from here.