Hawkeye #3: Rip-Roaring Recklessness

Clint Barton flies by the seat of his pants... and everything else in his pants.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

Hawkeye #3

I've been enjoying Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye series so far, but I've had reservations, waiting for the other shoe to drop, because I've never been a big fan of Hawkeye nor Fraction. However, with Hawkeye #3, I'm checking in entirely. This is just too much goddamn fun.

This issue is organized around nine terrible ideas that Clint Barton has in one day, Kate Bishop driving a 1970 Dodge Challenger like a madwoman while her morally-challenged mentor tries to fight off a mob of bad guys from A-Ha's "Take On Me" video in identical mini-cars and a whole slew of wacky trick arrows that come in useless as often as they come in handy. Plus, casual coitus with a mystery nameless woman at the center of the whole mess who appears to be wearing Movie Wolverine's jacket.

It's a freewheeling, frenetic festival of fantastic funtimes, and a rip-roaringly raucous roller-coaster ride of recklessness. The bad guys all say 'bro' all the time, Clint's an all-too-casual badass, Kate is far too cool for any school, and Aja makes everything look like a Steve McQueen movie. It just works and works well. Will this mystery woman return, or was it a one-time adventure of multiple levels of strange that will just be a story to tell at future poker nights? Who knows? It doesn't much matter-  this reminds me of the late, lamented series The Good Guys, where most episodes were stand-alone throwbacks that still packed a hootenanny.

Not much needs to be said beyond that. Fraction and Aja are just nailing it in this series, and it's a damn good time reading comics.