Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Ramon Perez
All-New Hawkeye #2 picks up immediately after the first issue, continuing to exhibit the greatness of this new creative team. Both Hawkeyes are infiltrating a H.Y.D.R.A base in search of a secret weapon under development. Kate was separated from Clint, and then discovered that this “weapon” is a small group of severely deformed children with terrifying abilities.
Jeff Lemire’s follow-up to Matt Fraction’s run has so far been a huge success. It’s clear that the writer has a perfect grasp of these characters. Clint is still full of mistakes and quips, while Kate continues to defy pretty much everything Clint wants. The dynamic is well understood by Lemire, who not only characterizes the two well, but also puts them in the best possible situations to show off their clashing personalities. What’s even better is the clear friendship and undeniable respect the two have for each other, despite all the banter throughout the issue. When Clint gets into trouble, Kate is there to pick him up and carry him to wherever he needs to be.
Like the first issue, the past is juxtaposed with the present in a manner that doesn’t take away from the story. It actually enhances it, and everything flows surprisingly well. During the flashbacks, Clint and Barney are living the life, enjoying the circus and the spectacles that come along with it. It doesn’t take long before they end up working for the performers in an attempt to be free from their terrible home situation. Scenes of the two young boys being rescued by the circus are paired up with the children being guided out of the base, and it makes for heartfelt scenes. The theme of finding a way home is prevalent in this issue, and it makes for a fantastic read all the way through.
Ramon Perez’s art is spectacular in every way. The panels are laid out in a clean manner and make the story flow with ease. Flashbacks are created using gorgeous watercolors and evocative colors. During times of danger, the color red starts to consume the pages, creating a sense of urgency. The art for present day is fun, with simple lines and very expressive faces. The art really brings out all the humor between the characters as they struggle with their tasks. Backgrounds are simple yet clean, and no panel seems rushed.