Thursday, December 24, 2015

5 Star Graphic Novel Review: Rio Bravo (Hawkeye Vol 4)

Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: David Aja
Edition: Paperback
Rating: 5 Stars

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Hawkeye is one of the best graphic novels you will ever read.  Not only is the art gorgeous and the story compelling, but the issues are unique and experimental, including, in this volume, one told via sign-language.  Somehow, Fraction and Aja have gotten it to work, and I'm so sad to be saying goodbye to this phenomenal run.

To avoid spoilers I'm keeping this review short.  Here's what you most need to know:

This volume is the most serious of all of them.  It takes the story up a notch and onto a level it hadn't touched before.  It also managed to wrap up the current storyline, and, borrowing from Kate's adventures in LA, sets up the next one.

Clint's relationship with his brother and the women in his life is expanded upon, and our hero finally realizes what it means to really lean on someone, and he finally accepts it, though he still has a lot of work to do in that department.  He also discovers what it means to be a hero- at least for him- and rises to the title.  There are also flashback scenes that give an in-depth view of his family and history.

Since Kate's a bit busy for the majority of this story, she's not around very much.  While I did miss her presence, new characters filled the gap nicely.

Overall, this was an amazing end to an amazing series.  I can't wait to see where the character goes and plan to pick up volume five sometime in the near future.

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