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Solo Avengers #1: Review

Dec 1987
Tom DeFalco, M. D. Bright

Story Name:

Here Comes Hawkeye

Review & Comments

4 stars

Solo Avengers #1 Review by (February 9, 2022)

Review: A nice debut for this split book which manages to kick things off by having a pair of intertwined tales. Hawkeye and Mockingbird are seen to best advantage and while the art isn’t flashy, it gets the job done. Not a lot else to point out.

Comments: First story: Part one of five parts. First appearance of Trick Shot. Second story: First solo adventure for Mockingbird. Issue includes an essay by Mark Gruenwald on the creation and scope of the book in hand.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Solo Avengers #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hawkeye is involved in a serious battle against…clowns. He’s at the Los Angeles Coliseum rehearsing for a charity show that evening. Mockingbird and Wonder Man are watching the rehearsal and talking over Hawkeye’s origin, though they can’t understand why his mentor the Swordsman taught him archery. The rehearsal over, Clint and Bobbi take off on a jet cycle and she asks about the Swordsman but he makes a dive, driving all thoughts from her head but nausea….

Elsewhere, a mystery villain is training a team of assassins to kill Hawkeye during that night’s show….

That evening, a curved arrow is shot into the clowns’ dressing room and gas is released, knocking them all out….

Hawkeye enters the ring and is surprised to find the clowns using real weapons against him. He improvises some defenses, taking down several of the baddies but one of them manages to break Hawkeye’s bow….

Meanwhile, Mockingbird, arriving late and heading for Hawkeye’s dressing room, discovers the unconscious clowns and the curved arrow—and then she is seized from behind….

The remaining clowns start hurling ivory balls at the disarmed archer but it turns out Hawkeye can hurl arrows just as if he had a bow and he nails the last of the bad guys to the tentpoles. A disheveled Mockingbird comes out to warn him (a bit late) and she shows him the curved arrow which he recognizes as coming from the man who really trained him…

Trick Shot, who has emerged from the shadows to challenge Hawkeye for the title of the greatest archer in the world….

“Listen to the Mockingbird”
Writer: Tom DeFalco. Pencils: Jim Lee. Inks: Al Williamson. Colors: Ken Feduniewicz. Letters: Jack Morelli.
Synopsis: Mockingbird, stuck in traffic and not wanting to be late for Hawkeye’s show at the Coliseum, begins leaping and running over the immobile cars and jumping to grab hold of the traffic helicopter (arranged by radio a few minutes earlier) to take her to the stadium. On the way to Hawkeye’s dressing room she spies the unconscious clowns and the curved arrow. She is seized from behind by Trick Shot’s fighters, armed with lacrosse sticks and ivory balls. Using her battle staves and acrobatic abilities she clobbers the bad guys who retreat and capture a woman as hostage. They run to their van and take off with the woman. Mockingbird races across the parking lot and pole vaults onto the getaway van, dodging the gunfire from inside. She smashes through the windshield, causing the driver to lose control and ram into several cars in the lot. Mockingbird pulls the hostage to safety and takes down the rest of the baddies. Trick Shot fires a flaming arrow at the wrecked cars’ leaking gas tanks. Bobbi flips through the air and nabs the arrow between her feet as the villain escapes in his limo. Bobbi enters the stadium where the show is over and shows Clint the arrow. He recognizes it and its sender. Bobbi makes Clint promise not to go after him alone….

M. D. Bright
Joe Rubinstein
Ken Feduniewicz
M. D. Bright (Cover Penciler)
Joe Rubinstein (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jack Morelli.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Clint Barton)

Plus: Trick Shot (Buck Chisholm).

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