FORMAT: TRADE PAPERBACK | RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 15TH
An ageing ex-superhero seeks revenge in a post-apocalyptic wasteland run by President Red Skull and an army of supervillains. But not the one you’re thinking of. Before Old Man Logan, there was Hawkeye, running a quest of his own across the wastelands of America. Not deemed worth killing by Red Skull and his old compatriots in the Thunderbolts, Hawkeye hunts them down one by one, working his way up to criminal mastermind Baron Zemo. But can he take down Zemo and the Thunderbolts ‘before’ he loses his eyesight entirely? And what does the surprisingly dapper Bullseye hope to achieve amidst all this?
A prequel to Mark Millar’s iconic Old Man Logan, this twelve-issue epic takes in the preceding five years, dropping in on familiar faces and old foes along the way. Ever wonder where Logan’s kids got their Xbox from? Wonder no more! Although the story does occasionally suffer from such prequelitis, it is largely its own beast. The greatest addition to its canon is companion Kate Bishop, who shakes up the formula quite nicely and should be worthy of a spin-off of her own somewhere down the line. Its villain game is strong too – particularly big bad Bullseye; doing rather well for himself in Daredevil’s absence.
Old Man Hawkeye isn’t quite essential reading, but it is one of the better books in Marvel’s Old Man Logan universe. It hits far more than it ever misses – even if it ‘does’ only aim for the easy targets.