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Hawkeye: My life as a weapon

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last posted Oct. 23, 2014, 7:11 a.m.
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Hawkeye has always been the most tedious of Avengers, indeed perhaps the most tedious of superheroes.

Compared to the Green Arrow he's probably the worst of the Robin Hood clones.

My life as a weapon is good though, significantly good. Even if the first issue acknowledges the essentially lameness of the non-superpowered archer.

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The first story focuses on Clint Barton as he recovers from major injuries. This is a story of a man rather than a superhero. A man who is saved by a dog and who then saves a dog.

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It also has a thuggish antagonist who is also strangely sympathetic; a Russian mafia slumlord who wants to sell his property and get rich. He points out the that he has broken no laws while Hawkeye has assaulted him and his men and forces him to sell his building.

There's a beautiful ironic playing with the American love of violence.

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There are lots of imaginative uses of comic conventions. One I particularly like is "<something french="" sounding="">" in a speech bubble where Clint isn't following what someone else is really saying or doesn't understand.

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All the uses of "bro" by villains and Clint is just the right side of cute.

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Sudden casual sex.

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Quote from the Kingpin:

Clint Barton of the Avengers has just robbed us all. I suggest we begin workshopping solutions.

The bold works a bit better on the page.