Hawkeye, Vol. 3: L.A. Woman by Matt Fraction
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Kate Bishop is the Young Avenger with the bow and arrow. This is what she does when she's not Avenging.
Annual 1 - Kate and Lucky leave town for the West Coast. Madam Masque looks to settle a score.
Well, I didn't like this issue very much. Javier Pullido just isn't David Aja. Also, I'm not sold on Kate as a lead just yet. Still, it was cool to see Madam Masque try to get revenge on Kate.
14 - Kate reinvents herself as a private eye and goes looking for orchids. She also is flat broke.
After annual one, this issue was pretty good. The bellhops making a return appearance was a surprise.
16 - Kate finds a washed-up musician wandering the freeway and senses a mystery to solve.
The mystery seems to be inspired by the Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Pet Sounds. It was a pretty good tale. Oh, and what's with Columbo?
17 - Clint watches the Winter Friends with Simone and her kids.
This was a fill-in issue with Chris Eliopolis on art. The events of the Winter Friends cartoon reflect the events of Clint and Kate so far in the series. I didn't really care for this one.
18 - The situation with Kate and Columbo gets even stranger, leading down a train of bodies to Count Nefaria and Madam Masque!
The manure really hit the windmill in this one. Kate gets caught in a shitstorm the magnitude of which would impress even Clint.
How painful was this series to read in the monthly format?
20 - How can Kate bounce back after Harold H. Harold is found with one of her arrows in him?
Kate's time in LA comes to a close. Thank God! It was wrapped up nicely, though.
Closing Thoughts: The Kate issues killed the momentum of Clint's tale for me. However, they wound up being pretty good, just below the quality of the rest of the series. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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