Interest in the superhero Hawkeye is high due to the arrival of the next Disney + Serie. Marvel fans generally haven’t shown as much dedication towards this Avenger as others, but all of that will change once he’s seen in a lead role with the benefit of the MCU’s core appeal.
The best way to fully learn about the character is to review the source material, and Hawkeye has a long history in this type of media dating back over half a century. These are the comics that show rank in their characterization, making them the best choice for those who like to follow the adventures of the superhero.
10 Hawkeye # 1-4 by Mark Gruenwald and Brett Breeding
This was the first comic book series to star the title character, although he had debuted quite some time before. The story remains low-key, which is what Hawkeye should be, as he is a shooter and not a hero of epic proportions. It also gave readers the closest villain Hawkeye has to an arch nemesis.
Crossfire seeks to use a sonic weapon to destroy the superhero community, and Hawkeye stops him. The story begins the romance between Hawkeye and Mockingbird, as well as being the first to show that Hawkeye becomes deaf, this particular case due to damage from a sonic arrow.
9 New Avengers # 26-30 By Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev
Although a Avengers title, the story focuses heavily on Hawkeye, who returns from the dead after the House of M arc. After an intimate encounter with Scarlet Witch, he comes back to life as a superhero, where he rejects the offer to become the next Captain America by deciding to be a different kind of force.
To this end, Hawkeye takes on the Ronin disguise as he heads to Japan to rescue Echo, who was the original Ronin. He accepts his new personality and perspective on his superhero activities, as the character undergoes a significant change.
8 Hawkeye Vs Deadpool # 0-4 by Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli
There’s not much to mention about the story, as that’s not the main draw, as Hawkeye’s interactions with Deadpool are the real selling point. Filled with exclusive quotes from Hawkeye, including him poking fun at Deadpool and vice versa, the comic is a fuss to follow.
Told about four issues, it’s one of the many pairings Deadpool has, with Hawkeye being more of a match for him in the cheek department, as Hawkeye doesn’t just let Deadpool’s loud voice run wild. The story also involves Kate Bishop, so it’s two Hawkeyes against a Deadpool.
7 Old Logan Vol. 1 By Mark Millar and Steve McNiven
This story featured an “older” version of Wolverine, who is still one of the best versions of the character. Hawkeye plays a supportive role, though still important, being a blind old man at this point in the future who hires Logan to deliver a package containing Super Soldier Serums.
Hawkeye can still get things done despite being old and blind, with a long history of struggles and battles while being the father of this universe’s version of Spider-Woman. The bravest version of Hawkeye and the Marvel Universe is a thing of its own, with the chemistry between the main characters a definite advantage.
6 Hawkeye # 6-11 by Matt Fraction and David Aja
Among the most popular events in Marvel comics is this story where things are kept smaller in scale but large in characterization. This story sees Hawkeye as the backdrop to Hurricane Sandy, as his daily life as a superhero is shown.
It’s a comic that reinvents the character on a grounded level, bringing a level of relationship with Hawkeye by immersing himself in his love life, superhero activities, and all that goes with it. There is even a funny story from your dog’s point of view.
5 JLX # 1 by Gerard Jones, Mark Waid, Howard Porter and John Dell
In this stunt time stamp story “Amalgam Comics”, Hawkeye is a different take on the character, with the style and appearance of the Green Arrow, the latter of whom serves as Hawkeye’s romantic rival for the love of Canary, a fusion of Marvel Mockingbird and DC’s Black Canary.
This Hawkeye is named Clint Archer and the comic refers to his adventures alongside Green Arrow with both members of the Judgment League Avengers. It’s a mix of a crossover and a world of its own that sees both shooters in the same story.
4 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows Vol. 1 # 1-4 by Dan Slott and Adam Kubert
This comic features Spider-Man from an alternate universe where he is married to Mary Jane. Because of this, he was not there to assist in the battle against Regent, which is why Hawkeye despises him. Hawkeye assumes the role of leader of the resistance in SHIELD as one of the few survivors.
It’s a different interpretation of the character, one who is a brave man who lost his eye in the fight and holds a grudge against the main protagonist. This story places Hawkeye as one of the good guys but with elements of an antihero.
3 Avengers # 223 by David Michelinie, Greg LaRocque and Brett Breeding
Around this time, Hawkeye became embroiled in a series of events surrounding perhaps one of the Avengers’ best lineups, but he stepped back to have a personal story. This comic sees him team up with Ant-Man to take down the Taskmaster.
It has become popular once again due to Captain America: Civil War adapting the scene of the Ant-Man and Hawkeye team. The overall plot sees Hawkeye return to the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders to help him fight the Taskmaster and his plans. It’s a lighthearted story that serves as a nice break from the explosive situation Hawkeye found himself in.
2 Avengers # 16 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers
After seeing the error of his ways in his fight against Iron Man, Hawkeye is serious about wanting to become a superhero. To this end, Iron Man introduces him to Captain America, who forms a new version of the Avengers that consists of himself, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Hawkeye.
The comic begins the new team’s turbulent times as they take a while to adjust to each other and recover from the fallout from the retirements of heavyweight heroes in Giant-Man, Iron Man, and Thor.
one Tales of Suspense # 57 by Stan Lee and Don Heck
While he may not have the darkest origin story, Hawkeye still debuted as a villain in this comic. It’s worth seeing how different it used to be, as the story sees Hawkeye attempt to defeat Iron Man at the behest of Black Widow.
His marksman skills are on point right here, as Iron Man himself goes on the defensive due to Hawkeye’s success in hitting him. It’s also where the Hawkeye and Black Widow bond comes into focus, something that Marvel fans love regardless of the situation.
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