Title: Old Man Hawkeye (2018-) #1 (of 12)
Writer: Ethan Sacks
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: Joe Caramangna
Publication Date: January 10th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: The super heroes have fallen. The country has been divided into territories controlled by super villains. Among the wastelands lives CLINT BARTON – one of the few Avengers to survive. But it’s been 45 years, and he’s no Avenger. Trying to eke out a living anyway he can, the former HAWKEYE is confronted with a startling discovery: the sharpshooter is going blind. With time running short, Clint realizes there’s one last thing he wants to see: revenge for his fallen comrades-in-arms. Rising-star writer ETHAN SACKS and superstar artist MARCO CHECCHETTO take you back to the Wastelands in a story set five years before the original classic OLD MAN LOGAN.
For fans of the Old Man Logan run picking up Old Man Hawkeye (2018-) #1 and giving it a read should be a no-brainer; essentially, Old Man Hawkeye serves as a sort of prequel to Old Man Logan, and given what I’ve read in Old Man Hawkeye (2018-) #1, even those of you who are unfamiliar with Old Man Logan should absolutely pick this one up for a read because it is well worth the cover price.
After scanning the pages of this issue, it quickly becomes apparent that this series has a unique look and feel that stands out from most other books currently being published by Marvel. This uniqueness is a good thing; the first few pages give off a sort of ‘Mad Max’ vibe that I am quite fond of. Checchetto’s detailed illustrations coupled with Mossa’s color work make for an immersive experience.
Old Man Hawkeye (2018-) #1 gets off to a great start. The first few pages are packed with action and work well to hook readers, and then, once some of the dust has settled and the ‘story’ begins, there is enough drama and character-work to keep readers reading. Sacks’ script is tight, every word counts, and although I would like to see Hawkeye developed some more and given more of a personality, I am confident that this 12-issue run will be a great one.
The Bottom Line:
Old Man Hawkeye (2018-) #1 is brilliant. The look and the feel of this books is strong and intense and gritty and everything that it should be. Writer Ethan Sacks and Artist Marco Checchetto have worked together to create an enjoyable reading experience.