Marvel’s coolest title continues with a look into the origin of the mysterious Clown who showed up at the end of last issue and shockingly killed poor Grills. We discover that he was the child of Circus owners in Eastern Europe somewhere, who, when his parents were killed due to some War or another, was rescued by the Tracksuit Draculas (bro) and inducted into a life of crime.
It’s a fairly simple origin, with plenty of tragedy behind it (not only dead parents, but his brother too), and it looks like this guy is going to be a great villain. Along with the origin flashbacks, we see The Clown in flirtatious conversation with Kate Bishop at one of her father’s fancy parties. Not only is this a very interesting conversation filled with insights about how Kate views her life as Hawkeye and as a superhero, but also how someone from Old Europe views the crazy new world of New York City, how it’s a city that doesn’t really appreciate it’s history, it’s always moving forward, unlike many other places around the world.
And then to top it all off, we see Grills get killed again! Not cool Fraction, not cool. The artwork for his issue comes from Francesco Francavilla, who is normally one of my favourites, but his work here was some way below his usual standards, and seemed rather rushed. It was still good, and fits very nicely with the style of this book, but it was not his best work, which is a shame.