Issue(s): Daredevil #99
Daredevil has the edge over Hawkeye the whole time, which doesn't say much for Hawkeye's right to be an Avenger.
Meanwhile, the Avengers are about to face Magneto and find themselves short-handed. They can't find Falcon, Spider-Man, or "even the Times Square mercenary Luke Cage", so the Black Panther suggests they travel across the country to pick up Daredevil. When they get there, they're happy to find Hawkeye as well but he's done with the Avengers (he also thinks the Black Widow called them there to break up his fight). The Black Widow gets to tag along too, but it's basically an afterthought.
Hawkeye's characterization is dead on, meaning he's incredibly annoying and thick-headed. There's a great panel where Thor says "Dude, you're pissing me off", but in Asgardian, which is awesome.
Daredevil seems out of character to me, even for this time period. Everyone's very whiny and angsting.
The art by Sam Kweskin isn't very good and was probably a rush job. There's a very silly picture of Daredevil standing in a funny pose while he's mad at Hawkeye.
Sam Kweskin previously went by the alias of Irv Wesley when he as a Silver Age horror artist, but the only other issues i have that feature his art are contemporary issues of the Sub-Mariner where he's helping out Bill Everett.
The letters page in Daredevil #103 indicates that fan reaction to this issue wasn't very favorable. There's a quote from Steve Gerber saying he liked parts but wasn't happy with all of it.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Continues from Avengers #110 and leads directly into Avengers #111.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Syd Shores died at about this time while working on Daredevil, making him the second artist to die on the book.
Steve Gerber stated in a Comic Book Artist interview that he never could get a handle on Daredevil, and left the book for the Defenders because of it.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 14, 2011 10:01 PM
J. Marc DeMatteis has a letter here, and also in #108.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 27, 2013 5:28 PM
This is both the great thing about the Marvel Universe (and the reason for this website), but also a pain. I was a constant Avengers reader, but I used to have just random issues of other titles because of storylines that wound up in other titles.
Posted by: Erik Beck | February 16, 2015 3:53 PM
That pose DD strikes as Hawkeye storms out does indeed have a camp quality to it!
Posted by: Brian Coffey | May 15, 2017 11:30 PM
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