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Hawkeye: Freefall #1: Review

Jan 2020
Matthew Rosenberg, Otto Schmidt

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4.5 stars

Hawkeye: Freefall #1 Review by (July 7, 2020)
Review: A new series (limited or ongoing? I don’t know) for Hawkeye sends him on a personal mission to take down the Hood, demonically powered gangster. It has all the comedy that a Hawkeye series of this century that readers have come to expect, leaving it a bit lighter than most Marvel fare these days, even the demonic Hood. It also has more profanity than I was expecting from a hero, even though it’s covered up with the usual grawlix (you know, those #$%&! symbols). It’s a bit more sexually explicit than most with Clint and Night Nurse leering at one another in a comic bedroom scene. But the mystery part is the new Ronin, adding a bit of gravitas to the proceedings, like there has to be something actually at stake for the good guys and bad guys to fight over. So, one of Marvel’s most entertaining series of recent years.
Comments: Clint Barton was the first Ronin, Maya “Echo” Lopez the second, third was Alex Shostakov, the Red Guardian, fourth was Eric “Blade” Brooks.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hawkeye: Freefall #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Hood has an initial meeting with new gang members at a sketchy warehouse. One of those in attendance is Hawkeye/Clint Barton, who, the moment he is recognized, starts fighting everybody. Clint takes down almost everybody and sends an arrow into the tire of the villain’s getaway vehicle. When the Hood goes after Hawkeye with his guns, the police are waiting….

Clint goes to court where he witnesses a judge being touch on all of the Hood’s henchmen…and then he learns the Hood himself was released with an apology on orders from the Mayor. Clint dashes outside and intercepts the Hood before he can drive away. The two have a conversation wherein Clint reiterates his desire to take Hood down and Hood reminds him that Clint is a vigilante, the both of them operating outside of society. Clint threatens violence, Hood shows his demonic form and threatens worse. Their cat and mouse game continues…but who is the cat…?

Clint goes home to his new girlfriend Linda Carter the Night Nurse but he ruins a sexy evening because he can’t stop thinking about the Hood….

The following night, two vans full of Federal agents are waylaid by Ronin who wrecks the vans, beats the agents, and steals the briefcase they were delivering….

The next day, Clint is relaxing at an outdoor café when Redwing drops a bit of guano on his jacket. Falcon and Winter Soldier arrive to question him as to whether he was the Ronin as the other three people to have worn the costume have been ruled out. Clint is miffed that they think it was him and he mentions he will be going out on a mission that night and the other two insist on joining him….

That night, the three heroes are on a rooftop watching one of the Hood’s hangouts. Suddenly Ronin assaults the gang members and the guys swoop down to question him but Ronin takes advantage of the three heroes getting in each other’s way and delivers a mild beating before escaping. Clint says to Bucky, “Told you it wasn’t me. “

Otto Schmidt
Otto Schmidt
Otto Schmidt
Kim Jacinto (Cover Penciler)
Kim Jacinto (Cover Inker)
Tamra Bonvillain (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Sabino.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Sam Wilson)

(Clint Barton)
Night Nurse
Night Nurse

(Linda Carter)

(Clint Barton)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

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