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Hawkeye (2003 Series) #6

April 3, 2004

Quick Rating: Fair
Title: Resurrection (The High, Hard Shaft Part Six)

The mysterious column has been uncovered… but who will claim it?

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Art: Stefano Raffaele
Colors: Ben Dimagmaliw & Brian Reber
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Scott Kolins
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Reviewing this title, I must admit, feels like something of an exercise in futility, with the news that the book will be canceled with issue #8 as part of the cleared slate of Avengers-related books. In an instance like this one can only look around and imagine what could have been done differently that would have saved the book – and actually, most of those things can be summed up pretty well in this last issue.

After five pretty twisted issues, we finally come to the jungles of Vietnam where Hawkeye has uncovered an ancient tiled column with an image of Jesus Christ, a column important enough to kill over and to die for. Fabian Nicieza knows this character inside and out, and his depiction of Hawkeye has always been beyond reproach. Unfortunately, the storyline he chose to launch this title was so twisted and tangled that it almost certainly turned off a lot of people – a more straightforward action tale probably would have served the title better and kept more people coming back.

The big strike against this title from day one, though, has been the artwork. Stefano Raffaele has never really been a fit for the title. His style is too grim and dark for a basically light character like Hawkeye, and while his action scenes are usually sufficient to tell the story they’ve never been outstanding or thrilling enough to get things across. They’re awkward sometimes and often just plain unattractive.

And then there’s the covers. Let’s talk a bit about the covers. Marvel’s current “pin-up cover” policy is bad enough with characters like Spider-Man and the X-Men, where you can at least count on name recognition to sell a title, but six covers in a row that essentially consisted of generic shots of a guy with a bow and arrow were disastrous for this title.

Two issues left, I’m hoping Nicieza manages to serve up a couple of solid stories about Hawkeye. I suspect he will, even if the artwork still won’t be my cup of tea. After that, I’ll just keep my fingers crossed for Nicieza and Hawkeye to be reunited in the pages of a new Thunderbolts.

Rating: 6/10

(2010 Note: The joke was on me. While there was a new Thunderbolts, literally called New Thunderbolts, Hawkeye wasn’t on the team, as he was “killed” during Avengers Disassembled.)

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