Okay, this looks bad. On July 10 just after 1 p.m., comic book writer Matt Fraction told the world via his Twitter that he's currently working on the final script for the wildly successful Hawkeye comic. Thus marking a very sad day for not only superhero fans but for fans of the graphic arts, fantastic writing and pretty much everything good in the world. Okay, maybe that last one is a little a dramatic, but this is a seriously great comic.
Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon was the 7th best selling graphic novel of 2013 and the only trade from Marvel Comics to make the top ten as well as ranking #3 on Amazon's Best Books of 2013: Comics & Graphic Novels right behind Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half and Saga vol 2 headed by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Not bad for the little archer that could, not bad at all.
Hawkeye first came out in the summer of 2013, the summer following Marvel Studio's astronomical blockbuster The Avengers, in which Hawkeye himself, Clint Barton made his big screen debut with a whooping 12 minutes and 44 seconds of screen time -- the least of any of The Avengers. Fraction proved that even the less popular characters can support a solo book if it’s done right, and with sharp character grasp, funny, innovative writing and drop dead gorgeous art by David Aja they just don't come more right than Hawkeye.
The series will presumably end shortly after issue #21 titled “The Finale, Part 1” which signals the curtain close of one of Marvel's best series to date. While, we're sad to see Matt Fraction and Hawkguy go, we can all die happy knowing that this book ever existed at all. We wish all the best to Matt and his future projects and can't wait to see what happens to Clint, Kate Bishop and Pizza Dog from here. Especially, Pizza Dog.
And from the bottom of this writer's heart: Thank you Matt Fraction, for this wonderful, funny, thoughtful, amazing comic book, bro.