Hawkeye: Freefall #2 Review – Going Down
Hawkeye: Freefall #2 Review
Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Otto Schmidt
Published by: Marvel Comics
After more Ronin attacks, Hawkeye keeps getting approached by the rest of the superhero community since they think he’s the one perpetrating them. Luke Cage, Tony Stark, etc. all want a piece of him. As for Ronin, while he’s focused on messing up The Hood’s arm deals as much as possible, there’s not really any plan, per se. It’s not like he’s attacking with the purpose of taking over or anything. So, what is Ronin actually doing? Can Hawkeye clear his name? And, say, where does Hawkeye keep getting all this money for charity, anyway?
I’m gonna be perfectly honest here: This week there wasn’t really anything I wanted to talk about. Yeah, sure, Snyder’s Justice League and Tynion’s Justice League Dark just finished, but it’s not like I was gonna recommend you go back and pick up upwards of 30 (in Justice League’s case) back issues and neither of them were introspective pieces pondering the end of an era or anything.
So, instead, I decided to review the next issue in a miniseries that I’ve been covering. If you recall, I reviewed Hawkeye: Freefall with a week’s delay and said I thought it was kind of underappreciated and that it was a bit of worthwhile fun. Nothing too substantial but a good way to pass some time. Well, issue 2 does something I don’t think I’ve ever seen and I’m fascinated by it: It’s generally ok, but slightly worse.
Once, I saw a discussion regarding what makes a piece of media “bad”, and one of the ideas I heard is that maybe some things aren’t defined by how much bad they have, but of how much good they lack. I was always intrigued by this idea and it seems that Hawkeye: Freefall presents a perfect example of this. It’s not bad, exactly, but it does seem to lack some of the good the previous issue had.
The scenes between Clint and Linda are still pretty good, but there are a lot less of them, and the interactions between him and the rest of the superhero community are ok, but not anything spectacular. I guess Luke Cage had a decent conversation with him and I actually really enjoyed this moment.
Apart from that, I just felt like this issue kinda stood still. There was a little bit of action with Ronin, there were some quips, we got to see a couple of other superheroes doing their thing… That’s about it, really. There’s not a great deal of insight into how Clint feels about the whole Ronin thing beyond mildly annoyed and even the twist at the end made me go “Yeah, of course you’re gonna do that” because it was kind of predictable.
On the whole, I don’t know if I can exactly call the writing for this issue “bad”, but it feels really lazy. It’s your average superhero story, a few frills here and there, but nothing super gripping or interesting.
Now, if we’re talking about the art, there’s plenty more to say. Specifically, how much worse it got from one issue to the next. I complained previously that it didn’t hold up to Schmidt’s art on Green Arrow, but overall I still thought it was ok. This issue though? I don’t know what happened but the flaws feel way more pronounced. The worst of it has to do with the looks of the characters and how, apart from Clint, no one looks like they should!
Like… This is Tony Stark:
And this is Peter Parker:
Have you ever seen either of them drawn like that? It was really off putting when I saw Tony and my first instinct was to scream “OH MY GOD THAT’S THE WORST”.
Plus, the action looks a lot sloppier, the poses just generally look like crap. For example, here I think the idea is that Ronin is kicking Spider-Man away, but their poses look so static and lifeless, it feels like Ronin is just holding is leg in the air, hoping that Spider-Man’s shin connects with his foot or something.
The problem isn’t that it’s bad, exactly, but it’s feels worse in small ways. A stray line here, a stray line there and boom, it all sucks.
Overall, this issue was pretty meh. While the first one wasn’t anything spectacular, it at least promised a fun adventure, but this? Nothing of interest actually happened, the art was worse and I had a big sense of “Why should I care?”. I don’t recommend it, there’s probably a lot of better stuff to buy.
Hawkeye: Freefall #2 Review