Wow, now this is a truly unique comic, especially coming from a mainstream publisher like Marvel. Already a rather experimental series, Hawkeye goes right off the deep end here with a story not just about Clint’s dog, Lucky (AKA Pizza Dog), but one that’s all from his perspective. Which means you only really see about half of the dialogue that is said. That you see what it is that Lucky is smelling, and that everything is lower down.
This was basically a visual tour-de-force from David Aja, not only does he do his usual style, but he also busts out some serious Chris Ware-influenced work here, with diagrams and dioramas. This was a beautiful-looking comic. I will say that at times I felt the story a little hard to follow, but I think that’s pretty much deliberate and that future issues told in a more traditional way, from a human being’s perspective, will shed a lot more light on what’s going on. We’ll find out what exactly Kate and Clint were arguing about, and why she’s going to California.
In many ways, this issue succeeded to well in it’s aim to tell a story from an animal’s perspective. Lucky may be a very intelligent dog, but he can’t comprehend everything, and so neither should the reader. The scene I’m most confused by is the one in the old lady’s living room, she’s speaking an Eastern-European language or something, and she has a necklace in the shape of an Uzi! Is she a spy for the Tracksuit Draculas? Who knows!
This was a fantastic comic like nothing else on the stands, and I love that Marvel are allowing Fraction and Aja to go so crazy with a character that is big enough to feature in the movies. This is the real mark of difference between Marvel and DC these days, the amount of creative freedom that each company allows.