Everyone in the Avengers fucking party! I know, I know. Spreading thin, et cetera. I don’t care. Hawkeye by Fraction and Aja is coming, bringing with it a groin swell from my corner of the room.
Covers and deets post-jump.
Marvel has announced that writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja are set to reunite for an ongoing series starring none other than Hawkeye/Clint Barton, which begins its run this August. The two are collaborating for the first time since their work on Immortal Iron Fist with Ed Brubaker. Below are comments from Aja and Fraction, as well as the covers for the first two issues in the series.
“Hawkeye was one my favorite characters when I was a kid,” Aja recalls. “One of the first Marvel comics I read was AVENGERS #25, and I [fell] in love with [the] guy; he acted as real person, was a complete jerk, so I suppose I identified with him.”
“Never had the chance to write a character like him, or to do a book like this before,” Fraction divulges. “And I wanted to chronicle him in an ongoing series because it’d keep me from getting bored. Repetition bores me to death. I had this idea for how to do a book that wasn’t like anything else we’d seen him in before, wasn’t like anything I’d done before, and couldn’t stop thinking about.”
“Hawkeye is more about what inspires Clint Barton,” Fraction explains, “We got Clint in AVENGERS, SECRET AVENGERS, and anywhere else at any given time–but we wanted HAWKEYE to be about what Clint does when he’s not at work, about what drives the guy. He’s got some stuff coming up in [Avengers Vs. X-Men] and afterwards he’s in a place where he’s gotta figure out what he’s doing with himself and why. What moves him, what’s meaningful for him.”
“I’m thinking lately I’m going more iconic, more cartoony. You know, less is more,” Aja sayss. “Your style evolving is the perfect excuse when you are cutting corners. Note to self: remember to do lot of black silhouettes and black panels.”