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Here’s the One Comic you Should Read Before Watching Hawkeye

With What If…? airing its season finale last week, we now look towards November for Marvel Studios next Disney+ original series. Hawkeye will see Jeremy Renner reprise his role as Master Archer Clint Barton, alongside newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as beloved comics character Kate Bishop. Before you watch the new Disney+ series, which starts on Nov 24, you might want to read the acclaimed comic series that it is presumably based on.

Although the series’ head writer Jonathan Igla has kept details under wraps, the similarities between the trailer and the beloved comic are apparent enough to assume that plenty of the plot has been pulled from the incredibly witty comic. Even the first poster and title font have some serious similarities to the book’s cover aesthetic.

Matt Fraction and David Aja’s 22-volume series “Hawkeye” has been considered one of Marvel’s best comics since its first edition was released in 2012, focusing on the often-overlooked bow-wielding Avenger created by Stan Lee and Don Heck. In the comics, Hawkeye is born as Clint Barton before joining the circus as a child, where he learns his skills with a bow, eventually becoming an Avenger. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Barton first appeared in 2011’s Thor, portrayed by Jeremy Renner, who has appeared in multiple movies and will reprise the role in the upcoming Disney+ series. This makes him the last of the original Avengers to have his own solo project.

Fan favourite characters such as Lucky the Pizza Dog and Kate Bishop make the Hawkeye comic compelling, and its smart humour and unique visuals make it even more captivating. The initial one-off comic was so popular when it first came out it became a #1 New York Times best seller upon release, knocking the Walking Dead Compendium off the number one slot.

One thing that makes the Hawkeye Disney+ series such a unique part of the MCU will be Barton and Bishop’s lack of traditional superpowers, which will surely give the story more time and room to focus on its day-to-day characters lives. This is something that readers of the comic series will already identify with, making it more palatable for those looking for a less action-driven experience.

Probably the best comic of the Hawkeye series is No.11, which was voted the comic book of the year in 2013. The issue sees Fraction and Aja brilliantly tackle the challenge of telling the entire story through the dog Lucky’s perspective. It is this distinct and intelligent storytelling that makes Hawkeye a must-read title for comics fans. If you’re the kind of person who likes to do some extensive reading as research before diving into new MCU content, then you’ll want to get your hands on a copy of this comic series; it is an excellent addition to any Marvel Comics collection.

Hawkeye #1 – #22 are available to read on the Marvel Unlimited app now, along with almost 30,000 comics titles spanning the entire Marvel universe. You can sign top for a seven-day free trial then subscribe for only $9.99 a month. Alternatively, if you prefer your comics in physical form, the entire series is available now in hardback, with a paperback version being released on Nov 2. Your local comic book store will get you a copy of the book and back issues of the comics.

Marvel Studios Hawkeye is released exclusively on Disney+ Wednesday, Nov 24, with a two-episode premiere. New episodes will then release weekly.


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