Old Man Hawkeye #1 – Written by Ethan Sacks and Illustrated by Marco Checchetto

HawkeyeIt seems like nowadays Marvel has a real flair for the geriatric. If they want it to be sold its gots to be old. This might not be the greatest of strategies, but this time it works. Old Man Hawkeye gives us a superhero-free wasteland ruled by villains and populated with lowlifes. This may not be the freshest thing you’ve ever read, but it’s impossible to read this and not enjoy yourself.

Not Just Shooting Blanks

Hawkeye has aged, and people will whine. Most will probably say this is a rehashing of Old Man Logan, and maybe it is. However, that doesn’t mean this book is absent of originality. Old Man Hawkeye brings its own style and personality to the table. Ethan Sacks (Secret Empire: Brave New World) gives us a fun action filled story, fully equipped with twists and unexpected character cameos. The future of our anti-hero seems to be a bleak one riddled with bullet holes and formidable adversaries. Sacks definitely knows how to grab your attention and how to keep you guessing. I’m not sure what road Old Man Hawkeye will go down, but I’m sure he’ll do it with a sufficient amount of fury.    

If I have one thing to say about Marco Checchetto (Star Wars: Captain Phasma), it’s that the man can sure draw dust. After reading this book I feel like I’m covered in it. Checchetto definitely nails the desolate wasteland look, and his backgrounds work well to set the dreary tone of the story. He also gives us nicely paced action scenes, as well as top notch facial expressions. He has an art style that I wouldn’t mind seeing more of.

Old Hawkeye, New Trick Arrows

Old Man Hawkeye is most likely what you’d get if you put a dvd of Mad Max and a Hawkeye comic into the teleporter from The Fly. It’s a pleasant combo of the two and should appeal to fans of both properties. It gives us a new take on old characters and sets them in a harsh unforgiving wasteland. With an interesting plot and great art, this book is a fun read for young and old alike.