Avengers Spotlight #22-26 (1989): Hawkeye

The name of this book has changed.  Is the content any better?

Well, it’s still a Hawkeye book, and that doesn’t bode well.  He’s a guy with lots of potential that has NEVER been realized in a solo story.

This arc starts with Clint and his wife Bobbi “Mockingbird’ Morse going to a marriage counselor.  Okay—great idea so far.  Hawkeye has blamed his soon-to-be-ex for being raped and then shamed her for killing Phantom Rider, her rapist, who really never died anyway because he’s a phantom.  Clint’s behavior has been completely inexcusable and hard-headed to a point that defies reason.  Maybe counseling will help?

We won’t find out.  The Brothers Grimm attack during the session.

“That’s no lady, that’s my ex-ex-wife” is no way to get your girl back, asshat.

The brothers are just the first D-lister to attack the couple in this story.

There’s Crossfire and Bombshell as well.  And Oddball, the juggling baddie.

There’s also Bobcat, Bullet Biker, Death Throws, Oddball, Mad Dog and others.

And Hawkeye’s old circus partner Trick Shot appears to help out.  All of them are working for Crossfire, who has paid them to steal Hawkeye’s bow…And his arm.

That’s pretty gruesome.

And the story is called “disarmament.”  Get it?

It ends with Hawkeye almost letting Crossfire fall to his death—the same way Mockinbird “killed” Phantom Rider.

Which makes Clint change his view on all of it.

I have to admit, this whole thing appeals to me in a garbage so-bad-it’s-good kind of way.

Creators: Howard Mackie and Al Milgrom
Grade: C+.

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