Matt Fraction has contributed to the mythology of several heroes, including Iron Fist, Iron Man, and the X-Men. Most comic book readers know the writer best for his exemplary run on Hawk Eye # 1-22. This legendary mandate is still honored in the Disney + series of the same name, on which Fraction is a consultant.
The entire first season is mostly adapted from its material in these issues, including Hawkeye’s encounters with the tracksuit mafia as well as her training as Kate Bishop. For fans of the streaming series, an accurate collection of the best of Fraction Racing may be enough to bridge the time between the character’s next appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
ten Number 7 – New Jersey Recovers From Disaster
Fraction tackles real-world parallels in Hawk Eye # 7 by putting New Jersey up against historic Hurricane Sandy, which hit the New York area in October 2012. The story is simple, depicting Clint Barton and Kate Bishop during recovery efforts. This leads to a pristine human angle and allows the heroes to shine outside of their costumes. The fact that Fraction donated the proceeds to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts makes this story all the more special for Hawkeye fans.
9 Number 2 – Hawkeye does the Robin Hood thing
The vagrant code depicts several memorable events that resemble the Disney + series. The use of cars and rigged arrows in archery feats has its origins here. The general plan of the story fits into Robin Hood’s gimmick: stealing from the rich to give to the poor.
There is no way that the comparison cannot be approached in a Hawk Eye title, but Fraction handles it in style and gives the archer an iconic scene of its own.
8 Number 6 – The most wonderful time of the year
The signature Christmas theme that permeated Hawk Eye with such charm finds its debut in this holiday story. Clint tries to competently run his apartment complex, with a group of interesting tenants who challenge both his charity and his patience. Artist David Aja returns after an absence and the story only gets better, like a family coming home for the holidays. The rather silly antagonists, the Tracksuit Mafia, are also making their presence known here. It should quickly become clear how much of an impact the Fraction stories have had on the development of the Disney + series.
seven Number 9 – Hawkeye, meet the clown
The beginnings of a major enemy in Hawk Eyehits from modern mythology in # 9: The Clown. A rather mysterious foe, he came to America after his family of circus performers were killed in a shootout.
The clown puts on a Saw-A clown inspired makeup that takes on shades of gray and black and is with the Mafia Tracksuit, which is also returning. While this villain is absent from the live-action series, it can be assumed that he could appear in the future.
6 Number 8 – Cherry has a gun
Featuring cameos from Spider-Woman, Kingpin, and Typhoid Mary, number 8 finds Hawkeye in a vulnerable position. He seems to be a bit distracted by Penny Wright aka Cherry, the wife of a member of the Tracksuit Mafia. She tries to escape, inevitably receiving help from Clint. A staple of Fraction’s race is their unique human portrayal of Hawkeye, which continues here.
5 Number 15 – Hawkeye is trapped
Clint has a complicated affair with his brother Barney, which is further developed in issue # 15 as the two are trapped in a building together. The Clown’s forces draw closer, and the Barton brothers are exposed if they attempt to escape.
Stuck for almost a whole week, this problem slows down the action and takes time to allow intimate moments between the two siblings. It’s interesting that Hawk EyeThe showrunners chose not to include Barney Barton in the first season.
4 Number 3 – Because … boomerangs
A comedic-only issue, # 3 has a great moment where Kate explores her mentor’s rigged arrows as he makes his comments. Hawkeye has never been funnier than in the Fraction race, especially this issue, and he lays the groundwork to further flesh out Clint and Kate’s relationship down the line. Another charming moment comes when Kate sincerely asks why her teacher has boomerang arrows coming back after being shot. Because, Clint replies casually. Boomerangs.
3 Number 21 – It’s starting to end
Hawk Eye. His brother Barney. The tracksuit mafia. The clown and … the spider woman? However, Kate Bishop is not invited to return for this penultimate issue on the Fraction race. Everything is starting to get critical in this issue and the stakes rise with each page flip and edge of the panel. Readers are even hesitant to uncover the fate of their favorite archer thanks to the intense storytelling and pacing thanks to Fraction’s dedication to concluding their race to the top.
2 Number 22 – It Keeps On Ending
The latest issue of Matt Fraction Hawk Eye lives up to the quality established in the previous 21 stories. Kate Bishop returns to help Clint in this big finale against the clown and his tracksuit mafia.
That’s a bittersweet question because it’s both a reaffirmation of the character and a goodbye from Fraction. As a writer, he elevates the character of Hawkeye to the prominence he holds in comic book circles today.
1 Number 11 – Lucky The Pizza Dog
Adorably titled Pizza is my business, Matt Fraction’s most inventive number comes in # 11. The whole story is told from the perspective of Hawkeye’s pet, Lucky. The Avenger Hound is tasked with solving a murder, and the matter is more captivating than many readers realize. This embodies the legacy of Fraction regarding Hawk Eye: Through ambitious experimentation, a character can be reinvented in a convincing way for modern audiences.
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