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Review – Hawkeye: Freefall #3 (Marvel Comics)

Hawkeye: Freefall #3 (Marvel Comics) cover (detail) by Kim Jacinto
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Hawkeye: Freefall #3

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Letter: Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen+
Release Date: February 12, 2020

Hawkeye, Marvel Universe’s regular archer Avenger, has been acting quite strange. He would love to convince you and the rest of the Universe that he is not Ronin; I mean, how could he be?

 

Revelations Abound in Hawkeye: Freefall #3

Hawkeye: Freefall #3 attempts to sort out the shocking revelations of the previous issue. Clint Barton, the Marvel Universe’s purple-clad archer Avenger, was adamant that he had not put back on the Ronin costume. That somebody new, or old, had once again adopted the costume and is brutally taking out The Hood’s cronies. But it is kind of odd both Ronin and Hawkeye are going after The Hood. Clint has also recently, somehow, come into a bit of money? Ronin, suspiciously, also moves a lot like Hawkeye, as well? But if Hawkeye is Ronin and Ronin is Hawkeye, then how could they be around at the same time? One of The Hood’s tech guys uncovers the secret, and the truth is stranger than fiction.

Writing

Hawkeye: Freefall #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Kim Jacinto
Hawkeye: Freefall #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Kim Jacinto

I was not expecting Matt Rosenberg to deliver who was behind the mask of Ronin this soon, but it works extremely well. Instead of having the mystery continue to build I am glad he got it over within two issues. Now Hawkeye: Freefall #3 can focus on the why and how aspects of Clint’s decision. That builds its own kind of intensity into the story.

It also builds tension through Clint’s relationships through the issue. Now he has a huge secret he is keeping from everyone. His new girlfriend and the superhero community at large. Rosenberg does a wonderful job of making the uncertainty of the whole situation bleed throughout the issue. You get this feeling that any second this will certainly blow up in Clint’s face.

Matthew Rosenberg excels at creating wonderful dialogue throughout the issues. Each character has a “feeling” to them with the way they speak and act. He gives Clint and “voice” that you can hear in your head as he speaks. 

I really just love the intensity of Hawkeye: Freefall #3. It is a lot of fun still but you can feel on the tension starting to mount on Clint Barton shoulders as his secret slowly starts to crumble.

Art

Otto Schmidt is another artist that, if you follow any of my reviews, you know I am a huge fanboy of. I see his name on something and I am going to check it out. His sleek, seductive character designs continue to astonish on each and every page. I love that a lot of different characters in the Marvel Universe keep popping up in this series so I can see Otto Schmidt’s take on them. 

He is also a great visual storyteller. He sets up the panels in exciting and fun ways but also lets the story flow nicely. Probably one thing that I do not talk a lot about is Schmidt’s fantastic facial expressions and character acting in his art. It is incredible, and really just brings the book to another level. Schmidt can get feelings and emotions across the pages so well; with the way he has the characters’ faces react and/or their body posture, he adds a ton to the story.

I am also really enjoying the coloring work. It is delightfully bright when it needs to be, but Schmidt also plays with darkness and shadows extremely well in Hawkeye: Freefall #3. He also works well the Rosenberg’s scripts and words to hit comedy beats well through the issue, which is a hard thing to do in comic books.

Conclusion

Hawkeye: Freefall #3 confirms that there is no logical reason you should not be reading this series. It is fun and dramatic and keeps the reader on their toes throughout. The art is a visual splendor to look at and fits the tone of the series perfectly. Since the mystery is out that Hawkeye is Ronin, Clint’s life has gotten a lot harder. Can he trust a former henchman of The Hood to keep his secret? Why would Clint Barton, the Avenger, do this, and exactly how is he doing this? Find out in Hawkeye: Freefall #3.


 

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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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