Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Leonardo Romero
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Cover Artist: Julian Totino Tedesco
Review by Anelise Farris
Hawkeye #14 offers a helpful recap of what happened in the previous issue. Clint is being stalked by a woman named Eden Vale, who blames him for her daughter’s death. Meanwhile, Kate wants Clint to help her find her mother’s murderer. Eden kidnaps Kate and offers her a chance at something even better: kill Clint and Eden will resurrect Kate’s mom. What’s a girl gonna do?
Hawkeye #14 begins with Clint showing up at Hawkeye Investigations and having a humorous exchange with Kate’s roommates/sidekicks/friends. Everyone wants to know where Kate is, so naturally they all agree to work together to find her. Amid the investigation, Hawkeye #14 gives us flashbacks of Kate and her mother. These flashbacks give readers insight into how quickly Kate had to grow up and how complicated mother/daughter relationships can be.
To revisit the question posed earlier, in Hawkeye #14 Kate has to decide whether she will choose to save Clint or her mother. To make the decision even harder, Eden gives Kate a taste of what it might look like if she is able to talk to her lost loved one again. Kate is heartbroken, and this is drawn out across multiple panels. So, what does she decide? Well pick up the issue to find out! Also, in Hawkeye #14 you can expect to see typical Madame Masque (in her clone Kate body) mischief, and Clint hatch a not-so-brilliant plan that is sure to have dire consequences in the next issue.
Hawkeye comics in recent years have featured some of my very favorite art styles, and this series is no exception. Hawkeye #14 continues the trend with clean lines, neutral colors, and smart pops of brightness. Plus, there’s so much purple! I might be biased because purple is my favorite color, but it works so well here (and everywhere, to be honest). There is also a fantastic variety of panels and unique perspectives.
Buy it. The story and the art come together beautifully in Hawkeye #14, for a read that balances humor and heart so well.