Marvel Comics has announced that they will be releasing a brand new ongoing series starring Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye. The upcoming series will be helmed by writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja who will be collaborating for the first time since working alongside Ed Brubaker on Immortal Iron First back in 2006.
The new series, simply titled Hawkeye, will take off immediately after the events of ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ and have Barton searching for his true purpose as a ranked superhero in the Avengers team. There’s no doubting that Marvel is trying to capitalize on all of their Avengers team members with the upcoming film from Joss Whedon arriving in theaters next month. Despite the potential for both creative character exploration and development, Hawkeye hasn’t always had the greatest success in his own solo series.
Fortunately, he won’t be the only regular superhero to be featured in the upcoming title. Joining him in the new series will be Kate Bishop, the former Young Avenger who also took up the mantle of Hawkeye after being given Barton’s original bow and arrows as a gift from Captain America.
While speaking about the new series, David Aja went on to explain his attraction to the character and why he can appreciate his personality.
“Hawkeye was one my favorite characters when a kid,” he recalls. “One of 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.”
Fraction also shared his thoughts about how he plans to write the character in the upcoming title.
“Never had the chance to write a character like him, or to do a book like this before,” the writer 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.”
Fraction also went on to talk about the inclusion of Kate Bishop and where she’ll fit in alongside Clint Barton.
“She’s his junior partner, his apprentice,” says Fraction. “It’s a very Avengers relationship—meaning Steed and Peel—and she’s as adrift as he is. What the hell are these two doing with their lives? Turns out, helping people is what they have to do to get through the night. In costume, in life, doesn’t matter. Good guys don’t punch a time card at 5:00.”
Hawkeye #1 is expected to ship in August, 2012.