Hawkeye’s Southeast Asian adventures continue as the Ultimate Marvel Universe continues to be reshaped…
Ultimate Comics: Hawkeye #2
As S.H.I.E.L.D. agents try to evacuate two scientists wanted for assassination, they are caught by the local army. Just before they are killed, Hawkeye saves the day. Before getting the scientists to safety, he witnesses a small girl stand up to, and utterly destroy, a tank in a downtown street. Thinking back to his recruitment into S.H.I.E.L.D., something just doesn’t sit right with the archer. Before he and his S.H.I.E.L.D. accompaniment can reach their destination, the local super soldiers destroy the lab they were headed to. Hawkeye and Nick Fury meet and watch a broadcast from the leader of the “People” promising a revolution in the form of the super soldier serum they have in their possession. Fury then tells Hawkeye that not only is he sending him the X-Men, but he’s also sending him a Hulk.
I find this series to be smart and interesting, but very tough to read. It’s not that I dislike intrigue or espionage. In fact, I love that sort of stuff, but this series, only halfway through mind you, is extremely dense. I have to admit that I’m feeling a bit lost. Not lost in a “C’mon, Grant Morrison, what the hell are you smoking tonight?” sort of way, but in a “Man, I just can’t figure out what I’m supposed to be paying attention to” way. That’s not to say that this book isn’t good, but it’s a struggle at times to the point of tedium. I enjoy Jonathan Hickman’s work. I think he’s far more brilliant than the aforementioned Grant Morrison (excuse me while I duck the tomatoes being thrown at me from the crowd), but I’m hoping this book turns it around in the last two issues and brings about clarity.
Needless to say, but I’m going to anyway, Rafa Sandoval’s art is the most attractive thing about this book. Visually, the story makes some sense. Hawkeye is a hell of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and he’s fighting against an army that wants to kill Fury’s prize, the two scientists. On a visual level, the book is fairly cut and dry and certainly maintain’s the look of an Ultimate Marvel title. There are definitely some cool panels like when the little girl blows up the tank. Being a little more of a words guy, I’m not sure that will entirely save this miniseries.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Great art. If I can understand this book correctly, then there are levels that I’m sure I’ll see play out nicely.||I just get this very heavy feeling when I read it. I may be looking a little too much at it, but the story feels almost too dense to follow properly.|
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