Friday, May 10, 2013

Hawkeye #10 - A Review

Hawkeye #10 is a study in how a good artist and a good writer can be completely unsuited for one another stylistically.  Harsh?  Perhaps.  But I've read Matt Fraction stories before and enjoyed them.  I've read comics with Francesco Francavilla art before and enjoyed them.  I didn't enjoy this issue though I'm hard pressed to explain precisely why.

I think a part of the problem may be Fraction's script, which leaves many pages blank and free of dialogue.  Francavilla is a talented artist but not inclined toward big splashes.  Unsurprisingly, the best portions of this book are the ones where Fraction's dialogue dominates the page and Francavilla's art can enhance the story rather than trying to tell it.  Francavilla has many gifts but visual storytelling is not one of them.  I had to reread this issue a few times to make heads or tails of it.  

Hawkeye is still a damn good book and has earned more than enough good will for me to forgive a single uneven issue.  I just hope David Aja returns to the art duties soon.  The book, while not bad, is much poorer for his absence. 

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