The writer of the Marvel Comics series Hawkeye, Matt Fraction, will be signing at the House of Secrets in Burbank on January 30th. Fraction will be there to promote the release of Hawkeye issue 7. This is a special issue that has the Avenger Hawkeye dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Fraction is donating all of his royalties from the sale of this issue to the Red Cross.
The signing at House of Secrets will begin at 6 pm this Wednesday night. Not only will you get to meet the writer of Hawkeye but you will be able to enjoy the Grilled Cheese Truck and you will be able to make Red Cross donations.
The story in the issue is not just a stunt to increase sales. The entire Hawkeye series has focused on what this everyman hero does when he is not off saving the world as a member of the Avengers. It turns out Hawkeye can’t stop being a hero. Whether it is stopping the slumlord owner of his apartment building to rescuing a stray dog to getting involved in a car chase to save a woman from the mob, Hawkeye is out protecting the people from all sorts of threats. Hurricane Sandy brings the real world to the series and Hawkeye’s involvement in helping in the crisis was inspired by the real heroes of Hurricane Sandy.
Here is what Fraction had to say about Hawkeye 7 in an interview with Newsarama.com:
Here's the spiel: Every issue of Hawkeye is self-contained, pretty much. Hawkeye #7 could have very easily been our first issue. I wanted to help the book, I wanted to draw attention to our book, and I want a lot of people to read it, and I want to write for a nice, long time on it, so I'm putting my money where my mouth is and giving all of my incentives to the Red Cross, earmarked for Sandy relief and recovery. If you are on Team Hawkeye, or if you're Hawkeye-curious, contact your retailer and have them hold you a copy — don't count on getting one off of the rack. Let them know you want one for the numbers to really count . . . It's for a good cause. You can buy this book and help it while, in a demonstrative and literal way, help people, with actual literal money. How great is that?
The character Hawkeye had a huge 2012. Jeremy Renner brought the Avenging Archer to the big screen as one sixth of the Avengers in the biggest blockbuster movie of 2012. The man armed only with a bow and a quiver of trick arrows stood beside the Hulk and Iron Man and played an integral part in the defeat of the Chitauri.
Later in the summer, Fraction teamed with artist David Aja to launch the all-new Hawkeye comic book series. The series has received critical acclaim for doing everything a super hero comic should do in a new and exciting way. Easily one of the best series of 2012, Hawkeye has caught what is special about the title hero and given him the spotlight series he deserves. By approaching the series from the point of view of what Hawkeye does when he is not an Avenger, Fraction has struck gold with exciting, fun and different stories about the hero who is as fearless as he is surly.
The series not only features the stunning artwork of Aja, but Fraction has told Hawkeye’s story with artist Javier Pulido and Hawkeye 7 will feature artwork by Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm. The artists have kept a consistent style to the book that is striking in its beauty giving the work a simple look that is anything but simple.
So come to the House of Secrets this Wednesday to support a good cause in the Red Cross. By reading Hawkeye 7 you will see what the buzz about this title is about. While you are there you can also check out Fraction’s other Marvel Comics work too with his equally excellent work on Fantastic Four, FF and Invincible Iron Man.
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