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Review – Hawkeye: Freefall #6 (Marvel Comics)

Hawkeye: Freefall #6
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  • Writing - 7.5/10
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  • Art - 9/10
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Hawkeye: Freefall #6

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 1, 2020

Clint Barton has made some questionable decisions lately that have led to death and destruction. It is finally time to bring it all to an end in Hawkeye: Freefall #6.

 

Fin Hawkeye: Freefall #6

Well, sadly, the end is here for the avenging archer in Hawkeye: Freefall #6. The series comes to a dramatic close as Clint Barton has to not only face off against Bullseye, but also finally bring down The Hood for good! But what about Bryce? In the last issue Bullseye had filled him full of arrows; will Hawkeye’s irrelevant “sidekick” survive?

Hawkeye: Freefall #6 (Marvel Comics) cover by Kim Jacinto
Hawkeye: Freefall #6 (Marvel Comics) cover by Kim Jacinto

Clint has already lost too many people and it seems his list keeps growing. How will he come back from what he has done as Ronin? Will he make amends with everyone he has lied to? The superhero with a bow and arrow has a lot of decisions to make in Hawkeye: Freefall #6. Does he get his feet on solid ground, or continue to fall down?

Writing

So, the big question for Hawkeye: Freefall #6 is does Matthew Rosenberg stick the landing for the ending of this 6-issue mini-series? That is a bit of a tricky question, since I am pretty sure originally this was going to be an ongoing series. Then it got changed to six issues and is also now only being released digitally.

Does it stick the landing to wrap up a six-issue story? I would say yes and no. It leaves Clint Barton in a very weird place. I won’t go into spoiler details, but it just doesn’t feel like this is where Rosenberg wanted to leave the character. Rosenberg brings Clint Barton to a new, emotional type state and it feels like he was ready to build on that after this issue. So the ending just feels a bit off. I wanted to see the repercussions of what happens in this issue.

I do like how it ends, though, and where it leaves the character. Just not that Rosenberg will not get to follow up on anything that he has put into the last six issues. The next time we see Hawkeye none of this will probably be examined or talked about too much, which is sad, because I feel Rosenberg had kind of changed the direction of the character after this issue. He had toned down the “Hawkguy” attitude a bit and it seemed a new direction for the character.

Art

Not much to say that I haven’t said in my other reviews for this series. Otto Schmidt continues to do incredible work in Hawkeye: Freefall #6. Just a truly wonderful, dynamic style. His character design, aesthetics, and style are all his own. He is one of those artists who as soon as you see his work you know it’s Otto Schmidt. He has done incredible work throughout this series.

Schmidt does clothing so well, which is something that is overlooked a lot. From casual wear to superhero costumes, it all looks great. Bullseye’s costume is fantastic (I am looking at you, Daredevil #20) and, slight spoiler, but they actually put Hawkeye in a superhero costume in Hawkeye: Freefall #6! So, I hope that sticks around.

Schmidt has great coloring work, as well. A bit more of a flatter tone, but bright as well; the colors really pop off the pages. I just really hope Schmidt continues to do work at Marvel (well, anywhere, really, but I would like to see him tackle more Marvel characters). He is a wonderful talent we need to see more of.

Conclusion

Wrapping it up: I liked Hawekeye: Freefall #6 and I disliked it. I didn’t like that Rosenberg isn’t going to get to follow up where he leaves the character. He has done some interesting things in this series and I would have loved to see what he was going to do with the character after this story arc. In that same vein, I really liked what he did with the character of Clint Barton and what happens to him. I just don’t like that we don’t get to follow up with Rosenberg’s vision. One minor quibble for Hawkeye: Freefall #6: something happens to Captain America in this issue and, as a Cap fan, that would never happen (just saying).

The art, obviously, I love, and Otto Schmidt continues to do stunning work. I hope Hawkeye: Freefall #6 is not the last we see of him at Marvel. There are a ton of other characters I would love to see him draw. Just great work all around; the art has been fantastic through each and every issue of this series.


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