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Hawkeye #4: Review

Apr 1994
Chuck Dixon, Scott Kolins

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Hawkeye #4 Review by (January 19, 2021)

Review: So: okay series. Chuck Dixon’s writing was okay. Scott Kolins’ artwork is the usual scratchy-lined 90s stuff. The story was interesting. Javelynn was promising but didn’t have much to do in issues #2 and 3 and gets her butt kicked twice in #4. Hawkeye’s always a fun read and he got to lighten up as the series progressed. So. Okay.

Comments: Hawkeye’s next appearance is in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #159; despite appearances, Viper returns in BEAST (1997 miniseries) and WOLVERINE (1988 series) #125 and following. Javelynn’s face paint changes sides between pages 15 and 17; another talent we didn’t expect.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hawkeye #4 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hawkeye and Rover are in the Amazon jungle, assaulting the Secret Empire base where they are performing experiments on animals to create monster soldiers. The two cut their way through various guards and an alert comes to Viper; Trick Shot and Javelynn volunteer to take on Hawkeye but Viper decides to test their new bio-constructs. Soon, Hawkeye and Rover detect an unusual smell and they spot agents setting up videorecording equipment; then they are attacked by a werewolf-like creature, a larger meaner version of Rover. They flee through the woods with more of the monsters on their tail as some of them kill the Empire agents filming their performance. Clint and his furry sidekick are trapped on a bridge by the beasts; their weight makes the bridge collapse, sending the monsters down into the ravine. Hawkeye and Rover hold on as the last monster reaches down for them—but Trick Shot, disgusted with Viper’s treatment of the hero who he knows deserves better, kills the creature then takes Hawkeye into a cave for refuge. Trick Shot reminds Hawk that Mockingbird would not have wanted him to become a loner then distracts the pursuers, allowing Hawkeye and Rover to reach the base. The archer blows up the helicopters with exploding arrows, takes down Javelynn, and is attacked by Viper wearing battle armor. She flies after the heroes firing her weapons; Rover jumps on her (protected) face, spinning her around so Clint can fire an incendiary arrow into her jet pack then flee before the big explosion. Later in the jungle, Hawkeye decides to return to civilization and says goodbye to Rover—and he is almost run down by a truck. So he decides to stay in the jungle a bit longer.

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


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(Clint Barton)

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

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