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Hawkeye #3: Review

Nov 1983
Mark Gruenwald, Mark Gruenwald

Story Name:

Beating the Odds

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Hawkeye #3 Review by (June 4, 2019)

Review: See full review at issue #1.

Comments: First appearances of Oddball and Bombshell. Hawkeye uses modular arrowheads, similar to those in the first Avengers movie but without the complex delivery system. A neat moment: Hawkeye yearns for an archenemy he can have all to himself and wonders if Oddball might want the job. Eliot Brown assisted with penciling backgrounds. Steve Rogers is carrying an art portfolio; he was the regular artist on the Captain America comic at this time in his own title. Really.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hawkeye #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Villains Oddball and Bombshell keep an eye on Mockingbird's apartment building: they have planted a bomb inside to kill her and Hawkeye when they return. The heroes arrive on the roof and head downstairs; seconds later an explosion destroys the top floors. Oddball rejoices—until Bombshell spots Hawkeye and Mockingbird among the crowd of spectators. [It is revealed that they spotted footprints in the dust outside the door so Hawks shot an arrow into the room from a safe distance.] Later, they assess the damage and the apartment is a total loss, along with Hawkeye's sky-mobile which was parked on the roof. Mockingbird flirts but Hawkeye brushes her off. H and M deduce that Cross Technological Enterprises is sending more hit men after them. With their limited funds, Hawkeye purchases more arrows and they take the subway to the address on the shipping list they took from CTE; on the train they run into Steve Rogers (Captain America!) who offers his help in whatever they have going on but Hawkeye declines, fearing being sidelined again as he was in the Avengers....

Walking through Grand Central Station, they spot Oddball who is clearly leading them into a trap. As Hawkeye pursues the villain, Mockingbird is zapped by Bombshell, disguised as a nun. This leads to a fight between the ladies and Mockingbird loses. Meanwhile, Hawkeye has cornered his foe and they exchange projectiles, throwing balls vs arrows. The baddie ducks into a departing train, leading Hawkeye to leap on the back and pursue him through the cars. At the next station, Oddball ducks out and climbs into the building's rafters; Hawks finally manages to trap his foe on a high girder when Bombshell arrives and knocks Hawkeye out with a small explosive, catching him as he drops. She tells her partner that the boss has changed his mind and he wants the two heroes alive for some kind of experiment....

Mark Gruenwald
Danny Bulanadi
Christie Scheele
Mark Gruenwald (Cover Penciler)
Bob Layton (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


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(Clint Barton)

Plus: Bombshell, Oddball (Elton Healey).

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