Marvel Comics Presents #159-161 (Hawkeye)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #159, Marvel Comics Presents #160, Marvel Comics Presents #161 (Hawkeye story only)
As you can see from the covers, this is billed as a Hawkeye story. But USAgent is effectively a co-star. And we start with a cameo by Force Works.
Force Works's team leader, Scarlet Witch, and Iron Man (who threatened to "pull rank" if she disagreed with him), have decided not to go find Hawkeye after the dissolution of the West Coast Avengers and the formation of the new team. But USAgent disobeys orders and goes looking for Hawkeye on his own. Hawkeye is currently roaming the wilderness of Tennessee, still trying to get over the death of Mockingbird.
USAgent finds Hawkeye because Hawkeye still has his Avengers communicator card. USAgent attacks without warning, and Hawkeye's response is nearly lethal.
But USAgent recovers and the fight continues. Then they settle down enough to talk for a bit. Hawkeye finds out that the West Coast Avengers have broken up. (These conversation snippets are broken up by more fighting and also USAgent nearly getting eaten by wolves.)
Hawkeye eventually agrees to return with USAgent, but he sneaks away in the middle of the night (leaving USAgent a note, and USAgent decides not to pursue further). However, Hawkeye says to himself that he will visit the team "real soon" (as soon as he finds out who stole his eyeballs and melted his face, maybe).
I always like stories where characters get together and discuss recent events from their own perspectives. Normally i'd complain about the histrionic yelling, but these are two characters for which it's entirely appropriate. In fact, since i'm #Too Onlinetm, this story inspired me to do an American Chopper meme (all dialogue direct from these issues).
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: This takes place after the formation of Force Works. It's said to have been only "hours since our first mission together", but that could be hyperbole.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showCentury, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), USAgent
I know I’m way in the minority, but I really like the art, from what I see. It’s like a more modern version of Don Heck, who I liked from my Avengers back issues. Maybe Don Heck mixed with 90’s JRJR.
Posted by: Mquinn1976 | April 19, 2018 4:45 PM
First it was the "Ask Me Anything" meme going over people's heads in the forum, now you've brought the chopper meme into continuity!
This content is affirming, and pleases me.
Posted by: cullen | April 19, 2018 5:56 PM
err, "Prove Me Wrong." Whatever!
Posted by: cullen | April 19, 2018 5:57 PM
Yeah, I don’t get it, but it made me laugh anyway.
Posted by: Andrew | April 19, 2018 7:06 PM
Those close-ups like more like John Buscema to me. In fact it makes me wonder if they might be swipes
Posted by: S | April 19, 2018 8:17 PM
So that's what the reference to Hawkeye being in Tennessee in the Giant-Man Double Feature was about!
Posted by: Michael | April 19, 2018 8:19 PM
Rhodey's really the better choice to put on a team that's going up against Mephisto. Alcohol, women, pride... Tony has a hard time dealing with his vices, which is a major liability against such an infamous tempter.
Hawkeye also says here that Cap was the only East Coaster to attend Bobbi's funeral, while I had the same thought reading AWC#100 fnord expressed in his review, that more of them were hopefully there off-panel.
Posted by: Mortificator | April 19, 2018 9:54 PM
@S: ur right. It does look a lot like Buscema. I’d say buscema with Don Heck inks.
Posted by: Mquinn1976 | April 20, 2018 4:33 PM
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