HAWKEYE: FREEFALL #1
Writer: Mathew Rosenberg
Art: Otto Schmidt
Letterer: Joe Sabino
I was actually looking forward to this new series quite a bit as I really enjoyed the Tales of Suspense: Hawkeye & The Winter Soldier mini series that Rosenberg had written previously. This felt like it would be a natural extension of that series but unfortunately it doesn't quite live up to my expectations. The issue opens up with Clint infiltrating a weapon deal by The Hood at a sketchy warehouse where Clint being Clint gets caught in the act, fights his way out and brings in the police to help stop the deal and arrest everyone. I do feel like this scene was played up for laughs a bit too much, I understand that Clint is generally written as a joker but I felt given the plot of the Tales of Suspense mini, that had a bit more urgency underneath the humor.
After that we do get one scene that stood out, Clint goes to the courtroom to see how The Hood and his henchmen get sentenced and finds that Parker has been released which frustrates Clint. Showing the aftermath of a superhero catching the bad guys isn't something we see often unfortunately and I do think it could lead to a Hawkeye series with more depth.
Then we transition to a scene featuring Bucky and Sam Wilson that unfortunately feels like it was added because of the upcoming Disney+ show and the upcoming comic series. The come with word that there is someone out there dressed as Ronin killed some ex-SHIELD soldiers and are suspicious of Clint. It's fine enough of an introduction to presumably the villain for this first story arc but I would rather have focused on The Hood or this Ronin imposter and not both.
The art by Otto Schmidt is good but nothing noteworthy in my opinion but I do think he does a good job capturing the kinetic feel of the action scenes. The action scenes dealing with car crashes in particular stand out.
Overall it's a fine entry for this new series, I do hope Rosenberg doesn't completely focus on the humor and takes the opportunity to add some more depth to Clint that I feel he's been missing for the last couple of years.