Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, Vol. 2: Masks

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, Vol. 2: Masks

Hawkeye finally gets a lead on the top-secret case that brought her to Los Angeles in the first place - but to solve this mystery, Kate Bishop will have to take a good hard look at who she is and where she came from. Is she really ready to face the ghosts of her past? Maybe fixing things for a young client with oddly similar problems will help her fix herself! Probably not...

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Title:Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, Vol. 2: Masks
Author:Kelly Thompson
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Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, Vol. 2: Masks Reviews

  • Christy

    This continues to be one of my favorite books.

  • Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues]

    Kate Bishop's favourite person in the entire world has returned - that's right, Madame Masque has come to town, and that means nothing but trouble for Kate and her pals. Plus: Clones! Pizza dog! Daddy issues! And a hell of a lot of arrows!

    Controversial opinion: I think this version of Hawkeye is better than the Fraction/Aja one. Kate's a much more interesting character, and the voice that Kelly Thompson gives her is wonderful. The fact that she has all of these extra issue

    [Read as single issues]

    Kate Bishop's favourite person in the entire world has returned - that's right, Madame Masque has come to town, and that means nothing but trouble for Kate and her pals. Plus: Clones! Pizza dog! Daddy issues! And a hell of a lot of arrows!

    Controversial opinion: I think this version of Hawkeye is better than the Fraction/Aja one. Kate's a much more interesting character, and the voice that Kelly Thompson gives her is wonderful. The fact that she has all of these extra issues to unpack to do with her parents and Madame Masque are just icing on the cake.

    The artwork is pretty much flawless; Leonardo Romero has really made this book his own, with some beautifully choreographed fight scenes and super-inventive set pieces that just look amazing. I love the Target Vision thing that pops up every issue. The art perfectly lends itself to Thompson's humour. Michael Walsh also draws another fill-in issue, and he meshes well with Romero's style; I'm surprised he hasn't been given another ongoing somewhere.

    With the news that this book has just been cancelled (of course), I'd recommend it even more - enjoy it now, while it lasts.

  • Diz

    Kate Bishop (Hawkeye) has a lot of personality, and it comes out in her frequent jokes (often bad, but lovable) and her expressive face and gestures (both artists in this book do a fantastic job of this). I'm a big fan of the art, and the story has some nice twists in it that are a lot of fun to read. More Kate Bishop, please.

  • Wing Kee

    Characters stories are the best!

    World: The art is great, cause it gives so much characters to the characters. The motion is also good and creative splash pages make me happy. The world building is solid but on the simple side. It's okay cause it's well constructed so yeah it's good.

    Story: Very simple and straightforward tale and it's good. The pacing is fast and the character moments throughout making readers care and fall in love with Kate and Co. The villain this arc was strong and personal

    Characters stories are the best!

    World: The art is great, cause it gives so much characters to the characters. The motion is also good and creative splash pages make me happy. The world building is solid but on the simple side. It's okay cause it's well constructed so yeah it's good.

    Story: Very simple and straightforward tale and it's good. The pacing is fast and the character moments throughout making readers care and fall in love with Kate and Co. The villain this arc was strong and personal and a great continuation of the last arc.

    Characters: Kate is great, putting her with these new friends also amazing. She's just so gully realized and strong. The villain this arc was also strong and the link to Kate was good, the dialog between them was so good.

    I'm impressed. Thompson has bug shoes to fill after Fraction and Lemire and she makes Kate so full of personal voice that this series is a must read.

    Onward to the next book!

  • Natalie

    1. I can’t wait to read the next one.

    2. Where’s my effing Kate Bishop Netflix show?!?

  • Chad

    Thompson does a great job of bringing intrigue in via Kate's family history. There's daddy issues, potential mother murders, fight clubs, clones and Madame Masque all packed in. The book looks like a modern day 70's pulp cover art come to life. One of those California detective novels but with a teenage detective who substitutes a bow for a gun.

  • Logan

    Still a pretty solid run! I think out of all the female iterations (of traditionally male characters) that Marvel have created, Jane Foster Thor and Kate Bishop Hawkeye are the most well written and best characters in their own right! Overall the story is very engaging and interesting and the artwork blends with the story well! The last issue with Laura Wolverine left a bit to be desired, but overall another good volume!

  • Frédéric

    Another cool and pleasant volume of Hawkeye.

    I learned of Kate Bishop's existence with Matt Fraction's excellent previous run on the title which gives you some clue on my level of knowledge of the character. Seems like Katie has some understable daddy issues since she suspects him to have had her mother killed.

    This volume centers on this aspect of Kate's life- the reason she moved west in the first place- with a bit of Madame Masque in between and a Wolverine (Laura/Gaby) cameo to top it all.

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    Another cool and pleasant volume of Hawkeye.

    I learned of Kate Bishop's existence with Matt Fraction's excellent previous run on the title which gives you some clue on my level of knowledge of the character. Seems like Katie has some understable daddy issues since she suspects him to have had her mother killed.

    This volume centers on this aspect of Kate's life- the reason she moved west in the first place- with a bit of Madame Masque in between and a Wolverine (Laura/Gaby) cameo to top it all.

    I liked the plot better than in vol.1 which was more introductory than anything else. Here I learned more about Kate and her past and Kelly Thompson fleshed her out enough that I definitely quit thinking of her as Clint's sidekick and as Hawkeye in her own right.

    This said it is still clearly a character driven  series. The plot, which sometimes suffer of awkward shortcuts, is decent but certainly not amazing and wouldn't rate more than 3*. But in the end Kate wins the day big time. Thompson's really having a ball with her and it shows. She's smart and fun and gets into you before getting on your nerves.

    The Scooby-gang has still to be developed a bit while the Hawkeye/Detective Rivera "partnership" is going toward the classic Batman/Gordon way but much funnier.

    Artwise Leonardo Romeo is now fully on tracks. It looks a bit like Tonci Zonjic imho. Lucky me, I like Zonjic.

    Good character design, some pretty cool and original storytelling, my main critic would be some rigidity here and there but nothing serious.

    Cherry on top: Another batch of great covers by Julian Totino Tedesco.

  • Scott

    Kate "don't call me 'lesser Hawkeye' or I WILL kick your @$$, you idiot" Bishop nicely sidesteps a sophomore slump and again performs triumphantly in her solo title. I'm not sure this was (warning: archery reference) an inner 10 ring shot like her initial volume but it was still pretty damn good.

    Hawkeye takes on the unstoppable Madame Masque (not a spoiler - they have an action pose on the rear cover) again when attempting to uncover - cue the threatening music -

    ! She is also join

    Kate "don't call me 'lesser Hawkeye' or I WILL kick your @$$, you idiot" Bishop nicely sidesteps a sophomore slump and again performs triumphantly in her solo title. I'm not sure this was (warning: archery reference) an inner 10 ring shot like her initial volume but it was still pretty damn good.

    Hawkeye takes on the unstoppable Madame Masque (not a spoiler - they have an action pose on the rear cover) again when attempting to uncover - cue the threatening music -

    ! She is also joined by her gutsy new Venice Beach friends and is even developing a long-suffering but dependable police agency contact just like in a TV detective series. Just as good are the special and cameo appearances near the end that don't seem gratuitous but just simply work in the story-line.

    Yes, this series is a winner and I can't wait for the next case file from 'Hawkeye Investigations."

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