Old Man Hawkeye #3
Writer: Ethan Sacks
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Color Artist: Andres Mossa
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Review by Anelise Farris
Old Man Hawkeye #3 continues Clint’s mission to redeem the Avengers. In the previous issue, we witnessed a bloody dinner party with a certain archer-hunting marshal. Here, in Old Man Hawkeye #3, the story takes place primarily in Arcade’s Murderworld, Nevada—a dark carnival if there ever was one. Clint is here for one reason and one reason only: to confront Atlas. Despite being encouraged to turn away from his revenge-seeking mission, Clint is bolder than ever as he takes on the big guy. We also learn more about what Bullseye and Red Skull are up to (and it ain’t good).
As I’ve said in each of my reviews of this series: it’s SO good. Old Man Hawkeye #3 continues this trend, as it excels in both writing and art. The writing, though modest, delivers careful dialogue, smart pacing, and a whole lot of depth. When Clint speaks, you can almost feel his mission-fueled rage radiating off the page. Similarly, the art tells this dark, post-apocalyptic story so well. The dark muted colors with occasional pops of neon suit this world, and the detailed linework help to deliver the emotion and gravity of Clint’s mission.
We also can’t not talk about the Atlas vs Hawkeye showdown at the end of Old Man Hawkeye #3. The panels are jagged, high-energy, boxes of mayhem. And the artists do a great job of highlighting the size comparison between Clint and Atlas. This is a big dude. Although the battle itself isn’t gory, there is a good bit of blood-soaked horror earlier on in the panels with Bullseye. As mentioned previously, this is one dark story. And I like it a lot.
Verdict: Buy it.
Old Man Hawkeye #3 includes a dark carnival, a confrontation with the big guy, and Clint saying lines like “Save that for your fortune cookies.” What’s not to love?