After last issue’s journey into canine-based storytelling, this instalment of Hawkeye takes us back into the world of humans, but interestingly, once again, the focus here is not on Clint Barton. Nope, this issue is all about his brother, Barney Barton, the former Trickshot and Dark Avengers Hawkeye. Just like how this series ignores what Clint gets up to as an Avenger, this issue ignores whatever Barney was doing in Dark Avengers, and we discover that Barney was the hobo that Pizza-Dog saved last issue.
It’s definitely going to be fun seeing Fraction slowly reveal just what went down in #11, we get one answer here, but there’s a lot more to come. Barney runs afoul of the Tracksuit Draculas, and is on the receiving end of a couple of brutal beat-downs. In amongst all this is a series of flashbacks to Clint and Barney’s childhood. This is before they joined the Circus, back when they were living with their abusive father. These scenes were very well done, very touching really, and it was very interesting to see that Barney is the one who taught Clint not only how to aim, but how to punch.
This was another excellent issue of Hawkeye, I love how each issue complete unto itself, but also ties in to the greater story. I will say however that the greater story does seem to be spinning its wheels a little. Grills was killed like, 4 issues ago, and we’ve barely moved beyond that point. I get that this is a unique book and it’s cool how it’s different, but it is a bit slow. Hopefully the one-two punch of the Annual and #13 will get things going. Francesco Francavilla once again filled in on the art, and whilst I still don’t think his two issues of Hawkeye are his best work, they look a little rushed, he’s still a brilliant artist with such a cool style, even his less-good stuff is excellent.