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Subj: Re: RATE Hawkeye I -as an Avenger- from 1 to 10
Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 at 08:31:00 am EST (Viewed 475 times)
Reply Subj: RATE Hawkeye I -as an Avenger- from 1 to 10
Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 at 09:30:07 pm EST (Viewed 623 times)

    How would YOU rate RATE Clint Barton, Hawkeye I -as an Avenger- from 1 to 10

I think I would have to rate him a 10. He was the perfect Avenger. Even his imperfections were perfect. His insecurities. His hot temper. His cynicism. His grandstanding. We watched him actually evolve as a character.

Many of the great Marvel heroes are seeking redemption. Peter Parker, Stephen Strange, Tony Stark, even Reed Richards in so far as he feels guilt over Ben's unsightliness. Hawkeye, too, spent a long time in a redemption arc, with Captain America as the catalyst. The relationship between these two men, developed over many issues, is one of the high water marks of superhero writing at any company in any era.

And then we had his relationships with women, beginning with his almost Shakespearean doomed love with the Black Widow, followed by his fruitless quest of Wanda, continuing on through various other fruitless courtships, and then came Mockingbird and the various highs and lows of that romance.

We saw him as a Defender - we saw him as a Thunderbolt - yet somehow he was always an Avenger.

As a kid he wasn't always a favorite of mine, because he wasn't very powerful. But as I matured, I realized what he represented. Even more than Captain America, he was the guy with no powers who dared to go up against any threat no matter how huge. I never really perceived Captain America as having no powers. There was always something about him that seemed more than human, even if it couldn't readily be quantified. Hawkeye never seemed anything but human. Yet there he always was. All hell was raining down upon the earth, and staring it down was this guy with a bow and arrow who didn't flinch.

    Optional QOTM's:
    1. What do you recall as your favorite Hawkeye shot and/or scene and/or issue (in any medium)?

Avengers #109. The issue with Imus Champion. Hawkeye quits the team at the end. If I'm not mistaken, this sets him up for joining the Defenders just in time for the Avengers/Defenders War.

    2. Which issues can you cite that he said "I QUIT!"?

#109. Sad to say that's all I got.

    3. How much do you want Kate Bishop to relinquish the codename?

She can keep it. The poser pretending to be Clint nowadays is not Clint so who cares?

    4. What is a question about Hawkeye that you would enjoy to hear AMB answers about?

Who are all the women he has had romances with?

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