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Hawkeye Issue 22 Review With Spoilers
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This final issue to Matt Fraction, and the rest of the creatives, run is severely damaged by its late arrival. There is no tension regarding whether one of the Hawkeye will die. It also fails at resolving anything. For example the Kingpin and his ilk talk about killing both Hawkeyes but with 2015's Secret Wars and the different creative teams this will probably be dropped. Another example is Barney Barton's happy ending will probably be stopped and he will come back as a villain or character at some point. (This is just the nature of the Big Two and corporate comics.) I will say the art is still great, but I do not see why it took so long to get done.
This entire series as a whole is great! However this issue is not good or recommended on its own. Wait for the trade or any of the massive collected edition formats.
Below is my brother and his fiancé's thoughts on the bottled version of Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale. The beer had a good
"drinkability" in that it was the type of beer that you could have
several of and not get sick of the taste. The medium bodied nature of the beer
made it so it wasn't overpowering in any one aspect and created a nice balance.
The hops were noticeable but not to the point where they felt like it was
overdoing it. There seemed to be a slight citrus tinge
that was a pleasant surprise.
Overall, we felt this was a solid beer
that is a good example of a quality microbrew.
My thoughts are that the one night only draft was better for someone who very rarely drinks. Though I have to agree with my brother and his future wife when it comes to the taste of both the draft and bottled versions. However, I think the draft had a slightly nutty taste in draft form which was probably due to the foam.
The art, coloring and lettering are fine. However, the characterization and plot are inexcusably weak. We still have no idea what has been going on in a wider scale sense, and with 4 issues to go it feels like beginning with this issue that things are going to be rushed along. There is also the fact that Willow, Buffy, and Spike act due to what the plot needs instead of like characters. Heck, Buffy fans who remember her referencing abuses of civil rights back in Season 4 episode 8 "Pangs" will be pissed at how Christos Gage fails to add a moment there.
Lastly Buffy, Willow, and Spike fail to consider that allowing Buffy and Willow to be de-powered in order to leave the safe zone/reservation/prison/concentration camp are not going to be targeted by a corrupt government are insane. Examples of why they should be more wary are: Soap Operas, classical literature, comic books from Xander and Andrew's collections, The Council of Watchers, movies, c…
The art is good in staying on model, and actually shows Dawn as being older than 18. However, there is a bit of a problem with Xander's visual positioning when the magic based storm starts. Also Christos Gage may do better with this 12 issue season based on the quick and even pace of this issue. Though there is seemingly a plot contrivance with the Riley, being on the Magic Council last year, yet the U.S. government acting uninformed. Finally I think the bad guy, or at least one of them, is the Vice President.