Vol. 1, My Life as A Weapon

Graphic Novel - 2013
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The breakout star of this summer's blockbuster Avengers film, Clint Barton - aka the self-made hero Hawkeye - fights for justice! With ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he's out to prove himself as one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes! 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? Matt Fraction pens a Hawkeye thriller that spans the globe...and the darkest parts of Hawkeye's mind. Barton and Bishop mean double the Hawkeye and double the trouble...and stealing from the rich never looked so good.

COLLECTING: Hawkeye 1-5, Young Avengers Presents 6
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Marvel Worldwide, Inc.,, 2013.
ISBN: 9780785165620
Branch Call Number: GN FRAC
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Alternative Title: My life as a weapon


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Nov 27, 2019

This series bro? Bro, it's really good bro!

Okay, I'll drop it. This is quintessentially Clint Barton and takes a different and interesting look at a character who is often made fun of for being 'the guy with the bow and arrows that somehow is on the Avengers'. We get to see how quick and resourceful he can be, but also how human and how he's not invincible like many of his teammates. I snorted aloud several times during this book, and his interacts with Kate Bishop (who is also a standout in this book) are golden.
This is another example of how art enhances the experience of the comic. It's rough around the edges, just like Clint. The words and the art work so well together to support each other, while not detracting from each other.
I do hope that there will be more liner storytelling in the next issues. Overall, jumping around points in time non-lineally has never been my favourite in any comic, I get confused too often. I think it would make my reading experience THAN much better if there was less jumping around. Not a huge deal, but does make my reading experience a little less than perfect.

4.5/5 stars, HIGHLY recommend. I'm really sad that the Disney+ series probably won't be as good as this comic, at least I'll always have this comic to come back to!

Jun 14, 2018

You know, it's unfortunate - artists NEVER get as much appreciation as the writer, and with comics, it truly is 50-50. That being said, when I was younger, I probably wouldn't have picked this comic up initially, because it's not over-blown, exaggerated, extreme-style illustration, but man, Aja is amazing! He does SO MUCH with so little. He doesn't shoot for the stars, he keeps it nice and settled, here on hearth. He shows and says so much with just the tiniest embellishments, and I LOVE the covers - adding a bit of Design into the mix. This comic is truly one of my all-time favorites, ranking right up there with the original Sin City. Amazing! 5 stars! (and the author is great too, but he gets plenty of recognition)

Apr 23, 2018

"I'm an orphan raised by carnies fighting with a stick and a string," Clint Barton aka Hawkeye remarks on the comic's first page. Other characters have incredible powers, yet he gets by due to his sheer determination, obsolete weapon or no. The kind of down-to-Earth and self-aware attitude that Barton displays is quite a relief from the often inconsistent vibe of many modern comics.

Like the Flash, Spider-Man, and other empathetic heroes, Barton tries to protect both regular people and lower-level officials from petty thugs. That focus works pretty well. The first comic in a broader collection, it's highly recommended.

SCL_BethZ Jul 10, 2017

This series got me back into comics/graphic novels after a long hiatus. Great characters, lots of humour, fantastic art. If you're looking for an accessible point to start reading Marvel, this is a great place to start.

Jun 16, 2017

I had never really been one for comics but this one really opened me up to them. I mean its one of my favorite things ever, I just love everything about it. I love the interactions between Kate and Clint and the way that everything is always one wrong move from falling apart. Honestly Clint Barton is the most relateable superhero I know because of that and it makes the comics so much fun to read. Also they're funny, like actually funny. I honestly will just never get over how much I love these.
I get that this is probably not like the older comics and that if that is your thing then maybe you wouldn't like these comics but I still absolutely recommend you give these a try because they are wonderful.

Oct 15, 2016

Years after this was published and its still one of my favourite comics. I love the dynamics between the two Hawkeyes, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop that is, and the humour throughout the story. Pizza dog is also a highlight for me. Whether or not you're a veteran comic reader or new to the genre, this is a great book to check out!

Aug 26, 2016

I liked it, it's just that they used the word "Bro" WAAYYY too many times.

CRRL_CraigG Jun 26, 2015

Fraction taps into what qualities make a regular person become a hero, and we're not talking about shooting arrows with precision. My Life as a Weapon rewrites the typical superhero comic book, finding excitement within the mundane.

Jun 20, 2014

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.

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.

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Jun 20, 2014

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

"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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