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Hawkeye #15: Review

Feb 2014
Matt Fraction, David Aja

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Fun and games

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4 stars

Hawkeye #15 Review by (August 6, 2022)
Note that for some reason this issue was released after the next 1 (featuring the Kate Bishop Hawkeye).

This is the 1st time we've learned Ivan Banionis' surname.
It says here Clint Barton got him deported in #1. It didn't actually seem like that - he just made him an offer he couldn't refuse for his apartment building and told him to leave the country. He didn't seem as big a deal then as he appears to be now.

1 of the businessmen is named M. Bishop. I don't know that he is ever identified as Kate's father.

I'm having to rethink the Clown's involvement in all this. The Tracksuit Draculas were working for this business consortium who want to tear the area down and replace it with an up-market shopping mall. And the Clown has been getting rid of obstacles for a while. So the scene in #10 where the TDs hire the Clown wasn't just to deal with Clint's apartment, but much earlier.
In that case I don't know how the scene in #8 fits in where the TDs' boss gets Kingpin and other villains to pay him to deal with common annoyance Hawkeye. I don't think those villains are the businessmen here. maybe the TDs were just trying to make some money on the side for something they were already going to do?

We'll have a 2 issue wait to find out what happens next because #16 will pick up with Kate. Except that the original readers didn't have to wait so long because of the order the issues were actually published.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hawkeye #15 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The scenes in this issue are described in order.

We start in media res with Clint Barton with his trousers down round his ankles being ordered into a van by some of the Tracksuit Draculas gang with guns. He asks them if they want to see a magic trick.

Now we go back to where Bobbi Morse is visiting Clint in his apartment which he's currently sharing with brother Barney Barton. He's having trouble with his trousers because his belt broke and he can't get an alternative string to tie. She's been investigating the Draculas via the Internet including their strip club base (that Clint and Cherry/Penny invaded in #8). She's traced its ownership through shell companies to Ivan Banionis, who she points out Clint got deported (#1). And those companies own all the buildings around except Barton's apartment block, which is owned by Clint. Which probably annoys someone.
In the present the Draculas are still telling Clint to get in the van but he's asking them to say the magic word "Barney". They do but he makes them shout it louder. And a dustbin lid hits 1 of them in the back of the neck. Followed by Barney with fists and elbows. The brothers put the Draculas down. And Clint can finally pull up his trousers.
In another flashback Clint (with his pants tied up) and Barney meet Natasha Romanoff in a diner. The brothers keep looking around for enemies because they think she's arranged an undercover meeting, but Black Widow protests that this is just a normal diner. She hands over a dossier of her findings. 18 killings in the Tri-State area where the killer left the same symbol as was found at Grills' murder (#9). The victims were all in the Tracksuits' way, and no-one knows who the hitman is.
We know he's Kazimierz Kazimierczak (who someone may call the Clown before this series is over). Anyway in yet another flashback we see Kazu being congratulated on his work by a bunch of businessmen who are discussing the 'luxury shopping destination' they intend to erect on the area around Clint's apartment. That apartment block is the only 1 they've failed to buy. The building is officially owned by Ivan Banionis, but attempts to contact it are met by Barton claiming to be 'interim superintendant and owner'. Kazu says he'll deal with it.
Then we see Hawkeye outside his apartment building still trying to tie is pants up. The Draculas catch him by surprise and relieve him of his bow and arrows. They tell him to put his hands up and his trousers fall down. Which is where we came in.
Then we have a scene where KK in his Clown whiteface and black tear meets with the Draculas' boss. He says that he now knows that Hawkeye is occupying the building illegally. So they can abandon their earlier cautious tactic (which only seemed to involve killing Grills as a warning) and go in hard, because Barton can't appeal to the police. Which seems to be what has been going on in the 'present' scenes.
But now we pick up after the Bartons' fight with the TDs, and from now on it's linear storytelling. Clint retrieves his weapons. But then they hear an upstairs scream from neighbour Simone (see #6 and #17). Clint rushes in and up the stairs while Barney takes the fire escape. Hawkeye takes down with arrows 2 guards outside her apartment. He finds 2 more Draculas inside, 1 of them holding 1 of her children hostage. But then Barney reaches in through the window and pulls both TDs through it to throw them off the fire escape.
Later Simone and her 2 kids are in Clint's apartment. He's called in fellow Avenger and ex-girlfriend Jessica Drew and he explains the situation. But she tells him the Avengers can't intervene in this because legally he's in the wrong. However he still believes he's doing the right thing. Barney interrupts to ask how the Draculas got in the building. Clint has the neighbours mobilised guarding the entrances. So someone must have *let* them in (we see the little old lady from #11 opening a fire exit for them).
Clint rushes out of the apartment and downstairs (I don't know why) followed by Barney and then Jess. We see the Clown pick up 2 of Hawkeye's arrows. He stabs Clint with 1 and then Barney with the other. He leaves the building before Jessica gets there to find the 2 men dying.

David Aja
David Aja
Matt Hollingsworth
David Aja (Cover Penciler)
David Aja (Cover Inker)
David Aja (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.
Editor: Steve Wacker. Editor-in-chief: Axel Alonso.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)

(Clint Barton)

(Jessica Drew)

Plus: Barney Barton, Clown (Kazimierz Kazimierczak).

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