I really thought I was going to love this.
I loved Deadpool. I love Hawkeye — which I am aware puts me in the minority. What can I say? I love a marksman. Have them team up/against one another on a S.H.I.E.L.D.-related quest and it should have been a surefire kick at goal.
But the kick missed. By a lot.
It’s Halloween in Brooklyn, and a deafened Clint Barton is kind of a sad loser-type without his Hawkeye persona to hide behind. To his door, trick-or-treating with his daughter and robot wife (I have clearly missed a bunch of stuff in comic book Deadpool chronology and need to catch up immediately), comes our Merc with a Mouth, and into their laps falls a mystery, as stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. records threaten to expose every agent who is currently on their roster. They can’t agree on how to handle it (hence the “vs.” in the title) but both are essentially on the side of angels here, just with different agendas and priorities.
The thing is, the story is fine — if one that has been seen in every spy TV show ever made, plus in more than a few movies and books, as well — but the execution… no. Who is this Deadpool? Why is he not funny? Is that also a development in comic book Deadpool chronology that I have missed? Maybe I don’t need to catch up, after all.
And as for Hawkeye… well, he’s better off in the MCU, as far as I can see, and there he was a stone cold assassin for five years because his family got turned to dust.
It’s really a shame, because this could have been a hoot. But, you know who is a hoot here? Kate Bishop, aka Lady Hawkeye, aka Hawkette, aka Hawkeye, Jr. I liked her a lot in this mini-series, and want to see more of her elsewhere.
But as for the rest of it? Just… no.
TBR DAY 178: Hawkeye vs. Deadpool by Gerry Duggan, illustrated by Matteo Lolli and James Harren
GENRE: Comics, Superheroes, Marvel
TIME ON THE TBR: 3 years.
PURCHASED FROM: ComicsRUs.