Post by Marvel Boy on May 10, 2013 23:40:00 GMT -5
Everyone, from critics to fanboys, have been raving about this title by Fraction and Aja. This raises my suspicions because no book can be that good, right?
So I bought the Vol. 1 TPB to find out for myself. Mind you, Clint has never been one of my all-time favorite characters or Avengers, in fact, I find Marvel's recent change to have him wearing a uniform similar to his uniform in the Avengers movie to be tiring.
That being said, I really enjoyed Aja's art here. He always seems to push the envelope of what is possible within the comics medium. The panel layouts, construction, facial expressions, action scenes, all of it thrilling by Aja.
The book also carries a unique sense of humor, almost parodying the common tropes of comics. They have fun with the foreign language translation dialogue balloons that use < >.
My favorite was a Daily Bugle paper with the headline "EVERYTHING IS AWFUL! OH GOD! SOMEONE DO SOMETHING!"
The stories by Fraction were decent, making Clint into more of a street-level, crime fighter versus fighting the likes of Thanos or Ultron. Kate Bishop of YA tags along for some of the adventures, which was okay seeing as how I don't know that much about her to start with.
Overall, a decent fun book but one I'd be more inclined to read as a TPB rather than a monthly book.
I have been reading it, but for the first time ever I can say that somehow I don't... understand it. I can't put my finger on it, but by the end of the read I'm often left scratching my head at Fraction's storytelling style. Not my cup of tea, I think.
Post by Marvel Boy on May 12, 2013 10:16:30 GMT -5
I can relate to that feeling. After reading it, I felt....underwhelmed by it all.
Maybe it's because I've never thought of Clint as being that much of a street-level fighter. Being an Avenger, he's just a simple guy with a bow and arrow fighting alongside thunder gods, tech geniuses, and legends. And he succeeds at it, which to me, is a huge part of his appeal. He's the Everyday Guy on the team.
Here in this title though, he's...just an everyday guy with a bow and arrow. I don't know, it's hard to explain.