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Hawkeye #3: Review

Mar 1994
Chuck Dixon, Scott Kolins

Story Name:

Run of the Arrow

Review & Comments

3 stars

Hawkeye #3 Review by (January 11, 2021)

Review: War Machine seems like a random choice for guest star unless it was primarily to provide a pretext for bringing in an inventor to supply Hawkeye’s new gear. The new costume also looks like a random addition as it plays no real part in the story. Villains Trick Shot and Javelynn have nothing to do. In fact, this whole third issue seems unnecessary as Hawkeye could have tracked down the new Secret Empire base in Amazonia in a couple of panels at the beginning of issue #4. But they really wanted a four-issue miniseries so there are four issues whether we need them or not. Though Rhodey fans will likely welcome another appearance by their hero, however glum.  

Comments: War Machine quit the Avengers in AVENGERS WEST COAST #102. First appearance of Mack Mendelson, whose only other appearances are in WAR MACHINE #7 and 11. Another 90s trope: Viper has removed most of her clothes by this issue though she’s covered up a bit more on the last pages. And she really needs to quit smoking.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hawkeye #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

War Machine shows up in answer to Hawkeye’s summons for help. The two are bitter about their time in the Avengers and their conversation guarded; Hawkeye shows him Rover as the third member of the team. Rhodey takes Clint to the barn/lab of his tech guy Mack Mendelson who agrees to make Hawkeye a new bow and arrows….

Aboard the Secret Empire ship, Viper outlines her plans to recreate the experiment to Trick Shot and Javelynn while threatening the former if he should betray her for his old student Hawkeye….

Hawkeye’s new costume and gear are finished as well as a new sky-cycle. Mendelson has also pinpointed the Secret Empire’s new location, an island near Baja. Hawkeye, Rover, and War Machine assault the place, battle a bunch of guards, learn from transmission data that the real Secret Empire base is in the Amazon jungle, and get out seconds before the place self-destructs. Rhodey offers to join him for the next step but Clint has to go it alone and the two heroes part….

At the Amazonian lair, Viper is shown the latest successful project: an animal-man much larger and scarier than Rover….

Scott Kolins
Tim Dzon
Christie Scheele
Scott Kolins (Cover Penciler)
Tim Dzon (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Clint Barton)
War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

Plus: Javelynn, Trick Shot (Buck Chisholm), Viper (Madame Hydra).

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