On Target

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Marvel Comic's latest iteration of Hawkeye, Clint Barton's alto ego is a cracker of a read.  Written by Matt Fraction and drawn by David Aja and Javier Pulido, the collection of first five issues of this solo outing is packaged as Hawkeye: My Life As A Weapon Vol 1. According to Wikipedia the character was "created by writer Stan Lee and artist Don Heck, the character first appeared as a villain in Tales of Suspense #57 (Sept. 1964) and later joined the Avengers in Avengers #16 (May 1965). He has been a prominent member of the team ever since." 

Comics can be convoluted and this is a bit of a reboot - if you read the character's history it is as twisty and turny as General Hospital and Days of Our Lives.  That is why I tend to avoid the long running multi-universe and often rebooted titles, but this time, the recommendation of this latest version of this character peaked my interest.  It is self contained enough so that you do not have to read the who's who of comic characters to follow.  It is action comic with wry humour and great characterisation, a bit like the everyman's Bond.  

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I am also onto as new series from Image Comics called Saga and according to its website it is  from "Y: The Last Man writer Brian K. Vaughan returns to comics with red-hot artist Fiona Staples for an all-new ongoing series. Star Wars-style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama in this original sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war." So if you knew anything about Y:The Last Man, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples you must be very excited.  I, of course, do not, but again this series was recommended, and I must say rightly so.  It is well written, with great world-building and characters you like from the start, and some you are not so sure about.  I am looking forward to Vol 2.