The first issue’s out and I can say that there are ingredients here that I like: crowd-sourced social justice that approximates how technology gets used in the real world and a cast of new characters that riff on the X-Men/Teen Titans/adolescent alienation template.
But, Simone deals her protagonists an extremely easy hand by making their milieu fictional—which isn’t so weird since it’s DC and their comics generally don’t happen in real-world locales—and by making the cops and their political ecosystem seem totally reprehensible. From the little bit that we get in this first issue, Coral City makes Gotham seem like a paradise.
First issues are tricky, since they have to sell a new series’ premise in a tightly compressed way. I generally like most of Gail Simone’s writing, particularly her deft hand at interpersonal dynamics and her skill sketching out her characters’ emotions. Freddie Williams III’s art can run hot or cold for me. I’m okay with the exaggerated faces and proportions that seem to be a hallmark of his style but the art here feels too drenched in ink. I’m not sure if that’s Williams, inker There’s enough here to make me want to read through the first story arc.
And the more disturbing subtext is that Kazi’s emotional hollowness echoes Clint’s inability to make lasting emotional relationships with women. That stuff is all good but I was missing the lighter tonal aspects that have made Hawkeye a great read. Don’t get me wrong: this book is still one of the best in superhero comics today. But this new chapter will probably be bringing it to a really grim place for the next few issues.
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