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Saturday Morning Review: Hawkeye #19

Book: Hawkeye #19
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: David Aja

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Summary from Comixology: “While helping his brother Barney get back on his feet, Clint finds himself in hot water. And in the melee, he ends up with severe ear damage. In this special sign language issue, watch as Hawkeye makes his way in the world without hearing.”

Overview:
Hawkeye and Avengers/New Avengers (You really need to read those together) are my two favorite books. I have been following Hawkeye since issue 4, I jumped on a little late, and every issue has been great. I am slowly turning into a Matt Fraction fanboy, after you read this review, go buy Sex Criminals from our friends at Comic Collector Live: The Store, they have one volume left! When I heard this issue of the book was going to be about Clint losing his hearing, my first thoughts were “Come on Fraction! You have three issue left, don’t get lazy!” And let me tell you something,being lazy is the last thing this writer did in this book.

The Good:
It was good to have hawkeye back, it’s been 3 months since Hawkeye #18 came out, and that was a Kate Bishop story in LA, but Bro, It was good to have Hawkguy back in the book. If you don’t know sign language, you are going to be completely lost in this book, and it’s done beautifully. At times when speech takes place, the text bubbles are blank and you have to instead read the characters body language. The issue also takes a darker turn to a flashback of a young Clint and Barney who are drinking their father’s liquor and Clint looks abused from his father, which caused him hearing problems from a young age (Recently Matt Fraction stated that Hawkeye has had hearing problems since issue one of his run.)

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The Bad:
The wait for this book SUCKED, but it was really worth it in the end. I’m going to miss this title, but sometimes it’s good to see stories end on a high note.

The Final Say:
Run down to CCL: The Store before they close this afternoon and pick up this book. You will not regret it, Matt Fraction has some great thing planned in the next few issue of this book before it all comes to an end, you’re going to want to read this ending. This book gets a 4 out of 4, thanks for helping me see what it’s like to have hearing loss. If you read this book, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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