Review: Hawkeye — Little Hits

Hawkeye: Little Hits by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Javier Pulido, Steve Lieber, Francesco Francavilla, and Jesse Hamm 

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Reviewing the middle collections of serialized comics is hard for me. Despite my new and eager devotion to longform media (I’m currently picking my way through Star Trek: The Next Generation; the sheer number of episodes left in the real Star Trek canon is heartening and terrifying), I’m unsure how to review something in progress. Book and film series, of course, are the exception, since each installment should be a satisfying story in and of itself. I suppose I should take my cue from those, but individual comics and television episodes are still too fine for me to parse in my journey as a critical consumer of pop culture.

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Review: Hawkeye — My Life as a Weapon

Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido

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Last week, instead of airing another episode of the tepid Agents of SHIELD, ABC instead aired Creating the Marvel Universe, a hour-long commercial for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. I say this as someone who whooped at the screen and side-eyed their efforts to pretend Edward Norton was never the Hulk. At the beginning, the talking heads discuss the difficulty of getting Marvel Studios up off the ground, especially since their A-list heroes—the Fantastic Four, Spiderman, and the X-Men—were (and remain!) controlled by other studios. The solution?

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