Series: Hawkeye: Kate Bishop
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Penciler: Enid Balam
Inker: Oren Junior
Colorist: Brittany Peer
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: November 24, 2021
Man, it has been a hot minute since we’ve been lucky enough to see Kate Bishop in a solo series, hasn’t it? I’m still lamenting the loss of the West Coast Avengers (if you haven’t read that series, please consider checking it out, it’s a blast!).
Given the new Hawkeye series on Disney+, it makes sense that we’re getting a new Kate Bishop series. And personally, I’m not going to complain! I could certainly use some more Kate Bishop in my life.
Kate is in the wind in Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1. Well, not literally, but pretty close. She’s left the West Coast, but not knowing where ‘home’ lies, she’s putting off heading in that direction. Thankfully, it seems there is a case or two that will help keep her distracted.
Granted, this case is totally a trap. But Kate knows that – she’s a private investigator, not an idiot. She knows the sudden appearance of this character cannot mean anything good. The real question is, what are they up to?
Cards on the table: while I was super excited to hear about this new Kate Bishop miniseries, I was a little sad when I learned that Kelly Thompson wasn’t the author behind it all. I’ve enjoyed her take on the character. However! I’m always willing to give new (to me) authors a try, and thus far, I’ve enjoyed what Marieke Nijkamp has to offer.
Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 is full to the brim of that classic Kate Bishop charm and sass. In other words, she’s still willing to speak her mind – regardless of the situation. Hrm, I wonder where she got that from?
There are so many little moments to appreciate here, starting with a group chat between Kate, America, and Cassie and ending with family drama galore. There is something so very human about Kate’s desperate need for a distraction while she figures out what to do next in her life. I think we’ve all been there, right?
Alongside all of that self-doubt/discovery and dozens of quips, one will find some action to appreciate. After all, Kate does have a talent for finding both trouble and bad guys. It once again strikes that perfect balance for Hawkeye.
Now, let’s take a minute to talk about that artwork, shall we? Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 is a bold issue – partially due to the characters within and the artwork itself. The characters and colors pop, and overall there’s a very cheery vibe from this series. In other words, it is perfect for a Hawkeye series, and I am here for it.
Enid Balam (pencils) and Oren Junior (inks) somehow fit so much visual information into a single issue. Each panel is an impressive feat, come to think of it. There are dozens of details for fans to appreciate, including a Gwenpool mug (is this a thing? If so, I need one ASAP).
Brittany Peer’s colors help to set the tone for obvious reasons. I adore the brighter color palette here. It feels like a vacation to a warmer climate, when really it’s just another adventure with Kate Bishop. Gotta love that warm feeling, though, right?
As for the letters, I can’t help but feel like VC’s Joe Caramagna had a little bit of fun here. To be fair, there’s a lot to play with here. There’s dialogue, chat windows, sound effects, signs, and other little surprises. It’s a blast.
Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 is every bit the fantastical issue I had hoped for. It reminded me how much I love this character and how badly I need to go back and reread the rest of her series sometime. You know, as an act of self-care. But seriously, I am looking forward to the next issue of this series.
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