The Small Lebowski:
Issue(s): Hawkeye #1, Hawkeye #2, Hawkeye #3, Hawkeye #4
Hawkeye gets played by the PR Director at Cross Technological Enterprises, where he works as the chief of security. She pretends to be interested in him in order to distract him from some criminal on-goings.
But he winds up stumbling into the scheme thanks to the appearance of Mockingbird, who was conducting an independent investigation.
They both get captured, and while they manage to escape, CTE goons are still after them.
While on the run, Hawkeye and Mockingbird spend a lot of time together and start to bond.
Meanwhile, they are chased by super-assassins that range from the very cheesy Bombshell and Oddball...
...to the pretty cool Silencer, who doesn't talk at all and seems to absorb sounds; pretty neat power for an assassin.
While on the run, Hawkeye and Mockingbird run into an out-of-costume Captain America hanging out on the subway with Bernie.
Hawkeye declines help, and then there's a neat bit of dialogue:
Mockingbird: God, is he gorgeous. He's one of us, right?
It turns out the whole scheme is masterminded by a guy named Crossfire...
...who has the pretty good idea of killing a relatively weak super-hero (e.g., Hawkeye), and then using the opportunity of the inevitable super-hero filled funeral to unleash his sound waves that cause people to fight each other. He calls it Project Undertaker.
To kill Hawkeye, he puts Mockingbird and Hawkeye in a room together and turns on the sound waves, forcing them to fight. There's a cute scene where Hawkeye, fighting on instinct, grabs an imaginary bow and tries to target Mockingbird.
Hawkeye gets out of the trap by using an ultrasonic arrowhead to damage his hearing so that he's immune to the waves.
He's still forced to beat the crap out of Mockingbird, which i guess i'll admit makes me a little uncomfortable.
Later, after the villains are wrapped up (there's a neat scene showing Crossfire trying to use Hawkeye's bow but not being strong enough to pull the string, which actually ties back to an earlier scene in the first issue when a friendly Cross employee tries the same thing)...
Mockingbird approaches Hawkeye and starts hitting on him. But Hawkeye is still completely deaf, so he just nods serenely and wanders off.
An epilogue reveals that Mockingbird actually chased after him and found out that he's deaf. Moreover, the two have eloped and are enjoying a honeymoon in the Poconos. (If you're a super-hero, eloping may possibly be the only way to avoid super-villain attacks at your wedding.)
I'd describe this mini-series as "serviceable". Definitely some fun moments, mostly just middle of the road action stuff.
Slightly modified costume for Hawkeye:
Generally nice art on the series; always a surprise to see Gruenwald on pencils. I like it best with Brett Breeding on inks.
By issue #4 it seems a lot of help had to be brought in.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place between Avengers #234 & 239.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (6): show
good stuff from grunwald. i loved this series
Posted by: kveto from prague | May 15, 2011 9:14 PM
Eliot R. Brown later got quite a few fans for his technical drawings of Marvel machinery & equipment, and weapons in the Punisher's armory. He generally didn't work on actual super-hero stories that much.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 26, 2011 12:42 AM
This mini was first announced with Gruenwald as writer in March 1981.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 24, 2012 4:49 PM
Which should get the higher historical rating by lasting longer - the marriage or the constant number of times Hawkeye is able to get out of jams by the fact that his hearing is so badly damaged?
And I have no idea why, since they're so similar, but I have always greatly preferred the new costume.
Posted by: Erik Beck | May 12, 2015 11:15 PM
It's the arm guard. It makes a lot more sense than those dumb bicep rings Heck designed him with. An archer who shoots while running should definitely have an arm guard to keep the bow string from tearing up his arm. Yondu has one. And I've always liked the costume Neil Adams gave Green Arrow, which has one on each arm, which I guess means he's ambidextrous.
Posted by: Andrew | May 22, 2015 8:53 PM
Great series! Had it when it came out as a kid and made me fall in love with the character.
There is a controversial scene in #2 where Hawk kills The Silencer by dragging him down from a "200 foot perch" as it's called, on top of a smokestack.
Posted by: Urban Commando | March 4, 2017 5:47 AM
You would think Clint and Bobbi could've invited their respective former love interests Black Widow and Ka-Zar to act as witnesses as well as maid of honor and best man. They could have held the ceremony/honeymoon in the Savage Land ( which of course would have led to some sort of disruption and a decent story). Oh well, hindsight 20/20 and all that.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | October 28, 2017 9:52 PM
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