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Hawkeye #2: Review

Oct 1983
Mark Gruenwald, Brett Breeding

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Point Blank!

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Hawkeye #2 Review by (May 21, 2019)

Review: See full review at issue #1.

Comments: Presents Mockingbird's origin. Her first partial appearance was in ASTONISHING TALES #6, full appearance in #12, showed up as Huntress in MARVEL SUPER ACTION #1 then as Mockingbird in MARVEL TEAM-UP #95. Only appearance of Silencer. Joe Rubinstein did some uncredited inking.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hawkeye #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In an abandoned railroad tunnel, Hawkeye, still wearing the outfit that was torn up last issue, has been practicing his archery for the last 42 hours and has yet to hit a bulls-eye. He collapses from exhaustion and his depression over what happened last time; a gang of punks discover him, recognize him and plan to torture and kill him. His instincts kick in and he fights back, clobbering them and heading off. He returns to his apartment and finds that, having lost his job as security chief for Cross Technological Enterprises, he has forfeited the company-owned apartment and all of his stuff was removed. Mockingbird meets him there and takes him back to her loft where he asks who she is. She tells her tale: Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, science student, SHIELD Agent, tracked down Ka-Zar, investigated corruption in SHIELD under the code-name Huntress, changed her name to Mockingbird, got shot, recovered, went free-lance. Clint falls asleep, Bobbi runs some errands, a Cross hitman called Silencer (black outfit with shiny metal eyes) enters to assassinate Clint. Feeling a gun barrel to his head wakes him up and there is a fight but Hawkeye is at a disadvantage since the bad guy makes no noise at all; it's Bobbi who saves the day and clouts the villain who dives out the window and flees. Clint deduces that the baddie had a sound dampener in his suit (“Great gimmick”). Clint dons the costume Mockingbird repaired for him and they visit scientist Jorge Latham who can brief them on the changes in security made since Cross fired Clint....

The two heroes break into CTE's administration building where they search the top secret files for evidence on the mind-control project. They are interrupted by Silencer; Hawkeye takes him on while Mockingbird continues the search. The two enemies scuffle silently for several pages (“Weird character. I'm used to baddies who can't shut up”) and go crashing through the window to land on Hawk's sky-mobile was hovering outside. The fight continues on the moving craft and ends with Hawkeye dropping Silencer into a smokestack. He returns to the office where Mockingbird joins him, having found the info they were looking for—and she doesn't mention the eight guards she took down in the process....

Brett Breeding
Brett Breeding
Bob Sharen
Mark Gruenwald (Cover Penciler)
Bob Layton (Cover Inker)
Layouts: Mark Gruenwald.


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