Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ultimate Comics Hawkeye #2

Sticking with Ultimate Marvel, here's a mini-series from Marvel's Ultimate line, starring my favorite comic book archer, Hawkeye. Sure, it's not the 616 version of Hawkeye, but it's STILL Hawkeye, and that's what's important.

Ultimate Hawkeye #2(of 4):

Summary: With Bangkok under siege from mutants recently created by the SEAR(Southeast Asian Republic), it's up to Hawkeye and a small contingent of SHIELD agents to try to get the two scientists responsible for the mutant creating serum back to their lab to create a copy of the serum to hand over to Nick Fury. After fighting through the battered streets of Bangkok, Hawkeye manages to get the two scientists to the lab, but it's in a state of disrepair. As a matter of fact, the lab has been so badly torn up, the scientists can't even find their notes on the serum. In other words, recreating the serum seems to be completely out of the question. With that option taken away, Hawkeye has to move onto Plan B, escaping Bangkok with his SHIELD agents and the two scientists. Hawkeye manages to get to a SHIELD safehouse hidden in the city and gets through to Nick Fury. Before Hawkeye can tell Fury too much, Fury sends Hawkeye a video of the leader of the Bangkok mutant uprising, a man named the Oracle of Change. During the message, the Oracle insinuates that he had access to the serum and was planning on using it on the populace of Thailand. With that, Fury gives Hawkeye his new orders, hunt down the Oracle and get the Serum from him. Hawkeye is fine with that and inquires about back-up from his Ultimates teammates. Fury informs Hawkeye that all of the Ultimates were currently engaged, but that he was sending his Ultimate X covert mutant squad over to assist, a team that included Jean Grey and the Hulk(!).

Thoughts: I've got to say, I'm enjoying this mini-series. Everybody knows that I'm a huge Hawkeye fan, be it the 616 version or the Ultimate version, and this mini is giving me all the Hawkeye a guy could want. This issue was fast-paced and solid, and next issue, with the impending arrival of the Ultimate X team could be really good, especially the interaction between Hawkeye and the Hulk. I really can't think of too much more to say, so I guess I'll end this post now.

Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.It doesn't matter which universe it is, Clint Barton rules all.

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