Review: Hawkeye Freefall #2

Hawkeye Freefall #2Publisher: Marvel Comics
Author: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Released: January 29th, 2020
Rating: 4 1/2 Star

Hawkeye is back and more mischievous than ever in Hawkeye: Freefall #2. Clint Barton has been known by many names over the years. One of his most infamous would be that of Ronin. Being that he’s not the only person to have carried that particular mantle (or the mantle of Hawkeye, for that matter) things can get a bit complicated.

Say when somebody starts running around the city in the Ronin suit causing havoc and ticking off all of the heroes in town. That’s a good way to get a lot of eyes looking Clint’s way – and fast. And that is where our story begins.

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The Writing

Hawkeye: Freefall #2 was a whirlwind of an adventure. You know Barton – he’s the type of character who is all over the place. That remains true in this issue as well, as he bounces back and forth between his hero time and his time spent impressing his girlfriend (Night Doc – good for you, Clint). And a few other extracurricular activities to boot, because this is Barton we’re talking about.

Matthew Rosenberg has honestly nailed the whole Hawkeye vibe here. For starters, the guy almost always has a cut or bruise on his face, which is about par for the course. For another, he’s got readers constantly guessing about what is really going on here.

It makes for a chaotic and fun read, one that is unpredictable and entertaining. This is the Hawkeye I know and love, and I’m going to enjoy every minute of this story. Especially the moments that bring other Marvel characters onto the page – and that’s been happening a lot lately – much to my delight.

This issue left me with so many questions. Sitting here and thinking, I can sort of see how some of the puzzle pieces are going to slide into place. But I’m really looking forward to hearing the explanation from Barton himself, as that alone would be highly entertaining.

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The Art

The art behind Hawkeye: Freefall #2 is as entertaining as the character it’s portraying. Otto Schmidt was the lead artist for this issue, working alongside VC’s Joe Sabino for the lettering. And man, there are a lot of iconic (and crazy) moments to enjoy here.

One of my personal highlights would have to be Clint’s face. And by that I mean, how expressive he is. He’s one of those characters that doesn’t do a great job of schooling his expressions, and I love that this is portrayed so beautifully in the comics.

I’m also in love with the colors for this issue, but that’s probably no surprise. I love the lush and vibrant colors that Schmidt chose, especially as the backdrops. It makes everything feel so much more alive while making my eyes dance with happiness.

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In Conclusion

Hawkeye: Freefall #2 was a fun-filled and Barton-fueled barrel of chaos. And by that I mean, it was a blast to read. I’m very much looking forward to the next issue in this series, for I have a lot of questions that I’m hoping it will answer. Until then!

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