Hawkeye Vol. 2: L.A. Woman by Matt Fraction with art by Javier Pulido and Annie Wu
Genre: Superhero Comics
Series: #3 in the Hawkeye series
Publication Date: 2014
From the back cover:
Kate Bishop heads to Los Angeles to get away from New York, life, and Clint Barton – but not away from trouble! Because Madame Masque is hanging out at poolside with the rich and famous as well! As Kate helps a reclusive and Sixties-damaged pop music genius find his lost masterpiece, Madame Masque finds Kate. By which we mean starts trying to kill her again. This one has it all! Characters! Plot! Story! Dialogue! Theme! Meaning! Message! Action! A little exposition! Fire! Arrows! Criminals! Neighbors! Large bodies of water! Clients! Cops who don’t care! A system that victimizes the victims! The dog! In a broken town where cynicism and apathy has its claws around the throat of the good and decent, Lady Hawkguy is the only hero you can trust!
Superhero comics aren’t my normal thing but for some reason I really enjoy this Hawkeye series. Neither Clint Barton (the Hawkeye associated with the Avengers) nor Kate Bishop (Hawkeye of the Young Avengers) have special powers. They’re both just the best archers EVER. Clint is a bit of a smartass and Kate is full of wry wit too.
It’s a little bit of the Marvel Universe that I enjoy outside of the movies. This is not an Avengers thriller. This one’s not even about Clint Barton that much. This edition is a compilation of issues featuring Kate Bishop after she decided she needs to get away from Clint for a while to forge her own path.
She takes off to L.A. with Clint’s dog (coolest dog in comics). There she runs across a former nemesis who wants her dead. She gets away and lands a job cat-siting that soon leads to helping out her new neighbors that soon has Kate acting as a private eye.
There’s plenty of action, a lot of humor and some pretty involved story. I missed Clint a little but it was great to focus on Kate on her own for a while.
Only one of the issues in this edition is drawn by Javier Pulido and that’s fine with me. His art in this one is a little simpler and makes Kate seem much younger. Annie Wu’s art in the rest of the book is much more interesting. She does a much better job of expressing story in the characters’ faces.
It’s a fun series even if like me, you aren’t fully invested in the whole history and world of the Marvel characters.
I’m looking forward to reading volume 4 soon.