- Craig Graziano
Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon doesn't have the slick visuals or bright colors that you would normally imagine a member of the Avengers getting. Nor does it offer a conventional superhero storyline. Clint Barton, a master archer, was created by Stan Lee in 1964. Writer Matt Fraction is breathing life into him by contrasting him with all of those other super-powered heroes.
We never see Hawkeye palling around with Captain America or Iron Man in this book. My Life as a Weapon strictly focuses on what Clint Barton does when he is not in the Avengers, as well as what he does with his generous hero salary.
Barton buys out a slum lord's apartment building, goes car shopping, adopts a dog that loves pizza, and still manages to take part in lots of high stakes action.
One of the best stories starts with a lightning fast car chase and an opportunity to see all of Hawkeye's trick arrows, including varieties such as acid, sonic, and smoke bomb. The fact that we rarely see him in costume keeps this from being your average Marvel adventure, showing how danger can strike at the most inopportune moments. I really enjoyed how three of the stories started with Barton exclaiming "Okay, this looks bad," before we jump in to see how exactly he got in each predicament.
Fraction taps into what qualities make a regular person become a hero, and we're not talking about shooting arrows with precision. My Life as a Weapon rewrites the typical superhero comic book, finding excitement within the mundane.