Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Released: May 20th, 2020
Clint Barton’s slightly chaotic journey continues in Hawkeye: Freefall #5. Given who we’re talking about here, you just know that this entire issue is going to be full of great action scenes, and more than a couple of moments in which Clint will regret his decision-making process.
For those that aren’t following along (something I highly recommend, by the way); Barton, aka Hawkeye, has gotten a new scheme into his head. One that allows him to hunt down a plague in his community: The Hood. Unfortunately, the cost for this task is high, as more allies become suspicious of what he is up to, which really is just the start of his troubles.
Where the first few issues of Hawkeye: Freefall felt almost light and comical (but not quite), this fifth issue has taken a dark turn. That isn’t to say that Clint’s humor doesn’t shine through – it absolutely does. But the stakes have finally and officially been set, and along with them? The cost of what Hawkeye is trying to do.
Honestly, I love that Matthew Rosenberg has added consequences to Barton’s actions. These series always feel more real when there’s a reaction to any plan – but especially the plans that are high right/high reward, such as this one.
There was a lot to enjoy about this issue in particular. It isn’t every day that you get to see this side of taking down a villain. Normally it’s all about the dramatic fight, and while that is sure to happen, we’re not quite there yet.
Another highlight of this issue? There’s a total mic-drop moment. Ironically, it wasn’t by Clint, but by another character in the series. Granted, I’m not sure how much longer they’ll be sticking around now. But it was such a powerful moment, I’m almost okay with the price that has been paid.
One thing I do know: I am extremely anxious to get my hands on the next issue, as I have so many questions about that ending. And about what is going to happen next.
Otto Schmidt was the lead artist behind Hawkeye: Freefall #5, as with the rest of the series so far. They’ve been doing an excellent job of bringing this entire series to life – it’s easily some of my favorite artwork out there.
The action is bold and, dare I say, fun, while the colors are vibrant, especially that iconic purple we’ve all come to expect. Together it makes for a visually compelling issue (and series), one that doesn’t pull punches.
VC’s Joe Sabino was responsible for the lettering, which means that there is a certain level of quality to expect here. Don’t worry, those expectations were not let down. I actually adore the pairing of Sabino and Schmidt, as they clearly work well together.
Hawkeye: Freefall #5 was exactly what I had hoped it would be. No, I’d say it was a bit more than that. I loved the intensity, and the fact that the ante has been upped. I’ve been actively looking forward to this issue for a while now (longer than usual, thanks to the break-in comics releasing), and it was totally worth it.
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