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Hawkeye #4: Review

Dec 1983
Mark Gruenwald, Mark Gruenwald

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Till Death Do Us Part

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4 stars

Hawkeye #4 Review by (June 10, 2019)

Review: See full review at issue #1.

Comments: And yes, Hawkeye is mostly deaf after this until he is cured in the Heroes Return event; he loses his hearing again later during Matt Fraction's epic run. Crossfire was introduced in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #52; this is his second appearance. Eliot Brown, Ian Akin, and Brian Garvey assisted with inking.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hawkeye #4 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hawkeye and Mockingbird awaken as captives, tied to a rack in a mortuary. The mastermind enters and introduces himself: Crossfire, ex-CIA agent turned mercenary bent on eliminating all costumed heroes. His current plan is to kill Hawkeye and his company will be hired to arrange the funeral. With all of the superheroes in attendance, Crossfire will activate his new mind-control device and send them into a rage, killing one another. Why me? Hawkeye asks. Because he is the weakest most vulnerable of the heroes and so easiest to kill. Ouch. Crossfire orders Oddball and Bombshell to take the two into the White Room where they will be guinea pigs for the mind-control weapon. Realizing there is no way out, H and M share a tender moment and a kiss—and then Crossfire turns on the machine. They try to resist but quickly begin battling one another and Hawkeye is clearly outclassed without his bow. After Hawks takes a real beating, Crossfire turns off the machine just to see how long it takes them to recover. While he has his wits, Hawkeye realizes he has some special arrowheads concealed on his person; he selects a hypersonic head and pops it into his mouth. When the machine is switched on again the arrowhead cancels out the ultrasound device. In his right mind, Hawks uses his brute strength to knock Mockingbird out—and then he fakes passing out. Crossfire sends Oddball and Bombshell to bring the heroes out of the White Room and Hawkeye, although mostly deaf from the sonics, conks the two henchmen on the head and heads off to confront the Big Bad. Hawks enters to find Crossfire aiming his own bow at him—but the villain isn't strong enough to pull the bow and he drops the explosive arrow, knocking himself out. Recovering his bow and quiver, Hawkeye, fearing he's killed Mockingbird weeps over her but she awakens and they kiss. After the police have picked up the baddies, Mockingbird suggests to Hawkeye that they become a team—and a couple. Hawkeye, unwilling to let her know he is deaf, says “See you around” and walks off, confusing her....

Epilogue: Later we see Clint and Bobbi in a honeymoon cottage in the Poconos, glad that she ran after him and demanded a real answer. And for now they are going to live happily ever after....

Mark Gruenwald
Brett Breeding
Bob Sharen
Mark Gruenwald (Cover Penciler)
Bob Layton (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Clint Barton)

Plus: Bombshell, Crossfire, Oddball (Elton Healey).

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