The Dark Reign event has created a lot of interesting new situations within the Marvel Universe. Books like this are not so much cross-overs as they are spill-overs, because there is not one central plot thread, but rather just new set of conditions that the characters are experiencing. So, where do all of these interesting new dramas play out? Many of them do so in their home titles. But,when there is not room in a given home title, the story spills out into its own title. For example, Hawkeye.
With this title so deeply enmeshed in curent continuity, it is difficult to judge it completely on its own merits.
There was lots of cool action. From a super-hero standard punch-up with a rampaging robot to Hawkeye’s own, more personal, rampaging near the end of the book. Raney’s art seemed a bit stretched trying to include all of the large action, but as soon as it focues in on Hawkeye, we see that this is not the Hawkeye we might have expected and that Raney is the guy to show him.
What will this bok do, and where wil it go? The central concept has enough dramatic weight built right into it that I’ll be there for an issue or two no mater what. Bullseye dressed as Hawkeye….no matter what he does, it’ll be interesting.
So, I guess I have to judge it in the context of the larger event. I have to consider it a known fact, and pary of the telling of the story, that this title is an off-shoot of a main title. I know that whatever happens in these four issues, it will not be the full story of Bullseye. If anything happens to him, it will happen in thepages of Dark Avengers. That works in the title’s favor in one major way. The serious messes that are made in this issue, just have to be cleaned up by the end of the four issue series. And, dang, how the heck could even the new Norman Osborn clean all THAT up? If the book were just about a nutcase on a rampage, I would already be bored with it, but knowing that the rules of shared continuity dictate closure…well, I just gotta see how they pull that off. Which leads to…
What did not work:
Maybe the mess is too big. It seems like the situation that has been created will just be too much to be dealt with in a reasonable way. I know that this is just me being a skeptical jerk…maybe I have been burned too often before….but as much as I am burning with curiosity, I am equally trepidatious of disappointment. Maybe it is a good thing that they have dug a hole so deo that I can’t see a way out of it. No, it is certainly a good thing, that is what good drama is built on. Powerful set-ups in which a character MUST take decisive action.
The character is forced to become proactive, if not actually heroic. But, if by the end of this story, the clevernes of the solution doe snot match the direness of the trap, then the whole thing will, retroactively, become a disappointment.
For now, though, this book is really cool.