Old Man Hawkeye #2 review
Writer Ethan Sacks, artist Marco Checchetto, and colorist Andres Mossa pick up right where Old Man Hawkeye #1 left off in the first issue quite seamlessly. Still capturing the essence of Old Man Logan, this team seems to know what they’re doing, and do it well.
The book’s opening scene is in Jebediah Hammer’s household. He’s just returned home from the mess of the smuggling run in the first issue with Hawkeye. About to sit down with his family to a nice dinner, he finds an intruder looking for information about the smuggling debacle. As a “marshall” in the area, the now mostly robotic Bullseye is seeking answers as to who helped Jebediah on the failed run.
Elsewhere, Hawkeye is looking for answers to his own questions. Finding himself in a club run by the Orb, a man with a giant eyeball in place of a head, Clint starts taking out the guards with his trusty bow and arrows. His eye condition is affecting his aim more and more, however, and he’s starting to notice it as he is missing more targets than usual. After finding some clues as to what he wants to know from the Orb, Barton leaves the club and starts on his mission of taking back what the villains have ripped away.
Sacks is still going strong in the writing department in this issue. Continuing from the previous one, all of the plot devices are being hit upon, even if it’s still not quite clear what role they’re going to play later on in the story. So far, everything is intertwining pretty well, with few questions as to what’s going on. The Venom symbiote at the end of the first book makes another appearance this time, bonded with the surviving member of the Madrox gang, seeking revenge. It’s not exactly clear why the symbiote is hunting for Barton, but it’s the reason it bonded with a Multiple Man clone. Bullseye’s deep-seated hatred for Hawkeye continues to drive him, doing whatever it takes to track the bowman down. While these are just a few of the questions that do pop up, it looks like they’ll all be answered in due time.
Checchetto and Mossa don’t skip a beat from the first issue to this one. Still giving the look of the issue a dystopian feel, this art and color team are bringing it. Washed out, dull colors make the reader feel as if they’re in a desert wasteland. Mossa’s coloring, while not vivid, makes the impression felt that this alternate future isn’t the happiest. From the visions Orb sees involving Barton, to the computer-like scans from Bullseye’s perspective, Mossa has crafted a bleak, stolid vision of the future while still keeping the pages pleasing to the eye..
Checchetto’s attention to detail hasn’t slacked up a bit, either. The facial expressions are translated well enough that the reader can tell what a giant eyeball is thinking and feeling. Capturing the disappointment on Barton’s face after a missed shot, and the menacing glare that Bullseye gives, Checchetto gives the characters a personality all their own with their unique looks and body language. The backgrounds are not forgotten either, as the dust bowl-like ghost towns and ramshackle homes look exactly as one would picture them.
With solid storytelling and artwork to back it up, this series is still on a roll. It will be quite entertaining to see how some of the plot devices carry through on to other chapters of this title. So far, it’s a bit more than a slow burn, but not quite catching the neighborhood on fire. Certainly something to keep up with, though. It makes for a great read, regardless.