Review – Hawkeye: Freefall #1 (Marvel Comics)

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  • Art - 9.2/10
  • Overall - 9.1/10
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Hawkeye: Freefall #1

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Release Date: January 1, 2019

Writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Otto Schmidt bring an exciting and high-octane story to the life of Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye. The hero tries to stop a new villain wearing his old costume.


“Here Comes the Hotstepper” Hawkeye: Freefall #1

Writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Otto Schmidt bring us a raucous new series in Hawkeye: Freefall #1. We follow everyone’s favorite avenging archer, Clint Barton, as he tries to clean up the city. Hawkeye has his eyes set on a new mission stopping big-time criminals and he won’t miss. This new quest will lead him against some heavy hitters in the Marvel Universe and into a mess of trouble! Not only that, but someone new has donned the Ronin costume and they are up to no good. It is up to Clint Barton to put a stop to this new mysterious villain.


Hawkeye: Freefall #1 (Marvel Comics) Cover art by Kim Jacinto
Hawkeye: Freefall #1 (Marvel Comics) Cover art by Kim Jacinto

I really didn’t know what I was getting into with Hawkeye: Freefall #1. I had seen Matthew Rosenberg promoting it all over social media, and with Otto Schmidt attached as the artist, I was already intrigued. But it seems Clint Barton has been in an odd space ever since the fabled “Fraction/Aja” run ended in 2015. Is he the lovable slacker, the guy looking for redemption, the swashbuckling hero? It seems no one has really been able to put a stamp on him since then. But Rosenberg did have a very contagious exuberance promoting this series, plus I really love New Mutants: Dead Souls and he already did a solid job writing Hawkeye in the Tales of Suspense mini-series.

I was very pleased with the story in Hawkeye: Freefall #1. Rosenberg does a good job of setting up “his” Clint Barton. It feels like a good combination of the swashbuckling hero, lovable slacker and a man looking for redemption. Rosenberg puts his own nice twist on it with some lovely dialogue that is a little “cheeky” at times but works extremely well for the voice of Hawkeye.

I really love the cast of characters we are given, as well. Rosenberg does a great job of putting a “new” crew around our bow-and-arrow hero. Hawkeye: Freefall #1 feels full and lively throughout. Rosenberg does a fantastic job of pacing the issue and letting the story slowly develop. I also like that we have a lot of different things going on. We get a little bit of Clint’s new mission of really putting a stop to villains, a little of his new relationship, and then a slow burn with this new Ronin.


No lies to be told: I saw Otto Schmidt attached to Hawkeye: Freefall #1 and I was automatically going to check it out. He is one of my favorite artists and I was very excited to see him over at Marvel Comics. Schmidt brings his unique style in full force in Hawkeye: Freefall #1. It has this wonderful animated type feel to it. His lines actually feel a little bit tighter and a little “cleaner” than normal and it looks spectacular!

I just adore Otto Schmidt’s character design. He brings such “looseness”, visually, to everything. There is also this odd sensuality to all of his characters. It is weird and really hard to put your finger on but his characters just have this “vibe” to them that only Otto Schmidt could bring. His action flows nicely as well, and his more animated style and that visual looseness make for some stunning panels and pages to look at through the issue.

His coloring work also feels right at home, as well, in Hawkeye: Freefall #1. It is bright and vivid and helps add a sense of fun and adventure to the story. Hawkeye’s purple-colored wardrobe stands out and makes for some nice visuals. This isn’t Otto Schmidt’s fault but, slight spoiler: The Falcon shows up and, man, Marvel has to do something with his costume. That thing is terrible!


I had some high hopes for Hawkeye: Freefall #1; Otto Schmidt on art and Matthew Rosenberg writing was a creative team that I was really excited to see together. Luckily everything comes together just about perfectly. Rosenberg weaves a fun and dramatic story and looks to be putting his own stamp on the character of Clint Barton. Meanwhile, Otto Schmidt delivers some splendid visuals that add in a fun and adventurous tone to the series. If you are looking to start off the year 2020 with a new good comic book series then check out Hawkeye: Freefall #1.

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