[1], My Life as A Weapon

Fraction, Matt

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"SHIELD recruits Clint to intercept a packet of incriminating evidence - before he becomes the most wanted man in the world. You won't believe what is on The Tape! What is the Vagabond Code?"--From Amazon.com.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Marvel Worldwide, Inc.,, 2013
ISBN: 9780785165620
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 Fr
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternate Title: My life as a weapon


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Jun 20, 2014
  • amonkeysue rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The art is gorgeous, the characters are compelling, and Matt Fraction strikes yet again with a brilliant read! For fans of Kate Bishop and/or Clint Barton (though hopefully of both!) it's a great read full of moments you won't forget. For anyone interested in Clint after Avengers, it's also a great comic to start with.

May 20, 2014
  • PatrickLongworth1969 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I just wonder...have any of the people commenting on this graphic novel ever read Hawkeye volume 1? Volumes 2, 3 etc.?

This novel is another disappointment involving one of my favorite characters from volume 1 of the Avengers and volume 3 (volume 2 doesn't merit mentioning in my opinion).

If you actually think that Fraction is competent with Hawkeye, then maybe you didn't read Busiek's version of Hawkeye? Busiek is 200% superior to Fraction in my opinion.

I'm glad I didn't pay any money for this waste of paper and ink.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

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Mar 22, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"This looks bad."

You may be thinking that when you think of an graphic novel about an Avenger that we really don't get to know all that well but it is awesome. We're getting him here in 'not-Avenger' mode - none of the Avengers are here except two in very brief cameo appearances. This is all Hawkeye (both of them, Kate "Hawkeye" Bishop of Young Avengers is here too) and it's refreshing to see a perspective of a superhero who has no superpowers at all and has only recently (working for S.H.I.E.L.D has its perks) become rich. The dialogue is snappy and the art is is noir and gritty without obviously making it apparent if you follow me.

All in all, Clint just seems like a normal kind of guy who happens to have a great skill set. An especially nice point for this is whenever someone speaks a different language instead of writing out the dialogue in that language he states what it is and that he doesn't understand it ("Sound like Russian? I dunno")

Feb 20, 2014
  • bjamin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you like this do check out Fraction's Cassanova as well.

Feb 17, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Few in comics attempt to bring their hero into reality, and fewer succeed in doing so. Where others have failed, Hawkeye is an unprecedented success. Clint has no superpowers, magic, nor genetically engineered strength, his only asset is his pure skill with marksmanship. Truly, he is a normal guy who takes the taxi, gets injured, and needs time to heal. Even the enemies he fights are normal criminals, those that plague the common people, with a few crime bosses here and there. This works for this realistic version, because Clint is neither the most intelligent nor strongest of heroes. His language too signals his common roots, speaking in a colloquial form. When someone speaks in another language, he states what that language is; a clever move on the authors part, who could have written it anyways, but instead chose to emphasize Clint's inability to arrange what comes out as garbled sounds to him.

A pattern emerges as the plot progresses, with switches being made between past and present, keeping the action fast and dynamic. By starting at the point where "this looks bad", the audience becomes curious as to how this situation could come about, not to mention hinting at Hawkeye's act first, think last nature after it happens multiple times. The answer is inevitably given in the past, which is followed by the conclusion in the present once again.

Kate is quite different from Clint, being much more level-headed, she usually saves him from the danger he has gotten himself into. This balance between his gun-ho approach and her careful planning adds greater variety to their crime-fighting. It will be interesting to see how the interactions between the two develop in later volumes.

Everything done in this series is aimed at creating a realistic hero, even the art exchanges the "ideal" physical style used for superheroes with a more natural human body. Time is taken to demonstrate the process of firing a bow, and the concentration, and dedication required. As long as the author does not deviate from this formula in later volumes, Hawkeye will remain a stand out series, and eventually a classic favourite for fans.

Feb 03, 2014
  • munkymunk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. Weeeeee is what I have to say. Weeeeeee. I'm not a fan of the added Y.A. comic at the end, It didnt really fit with the subtleties of and building in the main feature, But hey, This is comics, home of inconsistency.

Oct 28, 2013
  • duane767 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Humourous, entertaining, and not the conventional Avengers book.

Aug 20, 2013
  • Keogh rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the better titles Marvel is presently putting out; this volume collects the first few issues, with a one shot tie-in from the Young Avengers series. Matt Fraction is a hit and miss kind of writer; there are times he's the wrong writer for a book, and other times when he's just right. As with his work with Iron Man, his writing on Hawkeye is the latter. He's telling the story of both Hawkeyes, Clint Barton and his counterpart in the Young Avengers, Kate Bishop. It's a mentor-pupil kind of relationship, and Fraction gets that dynamic just right. The art by Aja and Pulido is spare but fits the story.

Jul 18, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Most heroes in comics either have superpowers or nearly unlimited money and resources (or both). Not Clint Barton. He just does his best to make ends meet as a regular guy while helping people out with his bow, arrows, muscles, and street smarts. These stories about him pack plenty of grit, sarcasm, adrenaline, risk, failures, and fun.

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Mar 12, 2015
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Jun 20, 2014
  • amonkeysue rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hawkeyes Clint Barton and Kate Bishop are off to no small amount of adventures together, and the vampire mafia gang remains full of "Bros."


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Jun 20, 2014
  • amonkeysue rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You cowboy around with the Avengers some. Guys got, what, armor. Magic. Super-powers. Super-strength. Shrink dust. Grow-rays. Magic. Healing factors. I'm an orphan raised by carnies fighting with a stick and string from the Paleolithic era." - Clint Barton


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