Kate Bishop takes centre-stage in the first ever Hawkeye annual, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. The story begins with a return to the conversation we sort of read in #11. Only this time, we actually see what the words are, because we aren’t dogs (no offence to any dog readers out there, I have checked my biped privilege).
Clint is in some kind of funk, and Kate tries to bring him out of it, but he’s so infuriating that she heads off to LA with Lucky instead. I said it about #12, but I’ll say it again, it’s very exciting reading these issues as they explain in greater detail what exactly went down in the dog issue.
So, Kate and Lucky are in LA, where they get tangled up in a revenge scheme from Madame Masque, who was humiliated by Kate in #4 and #5. I don’t really want to talk about the plot here, not because it’s not good or important, but because, like the Hawkeye series as a whole, this book is more about a certain mood or a sense of style. This issue was wonderfully drawn by Javier Pulido, who makes some interesting choices here, particularly in his heavy use of silhouette. Seriously, every second panel in this issue is silhouetted. It’s a little distracting at first, but by the end, I was really digging it, it made for a unique read. Hawkeye is one of those books where the artwork is so important, so I’m sure there’s some reasoning behind this choice, is it because the villain of this story is someone who hides their face? Hmmm…
I also really liked the little cartoon version of Kate inside of her narrative captions, they were cute and funny. That narration was also very important to this story, because getting inside her head made me really like Kate Bishop a lot more. Up until now, in both this book and Young Avengers, she’s been this surface-level bad-ass who’s good at everything and is super-cool and great, but here, we find out who she really is. I particularly liked the scenes with her Dad and her step-mother, they were really illuminating. This was another great issue of Hawkguy, there’s not much else to say really, you need to be reading this book.