by Matt Fraction and Francesco Francavilla, in stores now!
Despite this series being titled Hawkeye, Clint Barton appears very little in this issue. Instead, we see, rather than be told, the tale of the man who "comes from hell." That man, the “Clown,” happens to strike up a conversation with the other Hawkeye, Kate Bishop.
Of course, Kate has no idea who she was talking to, but we see the pain and struggles that turned this man from a mere circus performer into a contract killer. After his conversation as a regular bro with Kate, his transformation into the Clown is shown while also tying things up with what happened at the end of issue nine.
David Aja has been the main artist for this series, but, in his place, Francesco Francavilla did a masterful job staying within the style Aja has set for this book. He also did some great illustrating with the origin story of the “Clown.” Usually, the writing explains what's going on, but in Hawkeye #10, the art explains everything one needs to know. Another great issue for the recently Eisner nominated series.
Superior Spider-Man #9
by Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman, in stores now!
After Doc Ock found out that a little piece of Peter Parker still exists in his body, he has now decided to get rid of him permanently. The two meet in another epic battle for control of the body of Spider-Man. In a great back and forth between the two a victor finally emerged.
Unlike most tales, the hero did not win this one. Doc Ock not only gains control of Peter's body, but, in the process, removes him from his own brain. I have been a fan of Spider-Man for many years and I can safely say I didn't see this coming.
I know Otto is the Superior Spider-Man but I didn't think Pete's chances of regaining control would be nixed so quickly. While it is not impossible he can come back, things don't look good. I have been skeptical of this series from the start, but, despite the outcome for Peter, this is the best issue of the series so far.