Hawkeye # 1 NM Marvel Kate Bishop Nijkamp Balam 1st print Disney+ Plus TV Series


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PUBLISHER Marvel Comics
WRITER Marieke Nijkamp
ARTIST Enid Balam
COVER ARTIST Jahnoy Lindsay
SERIES 1 of 5
32 pages, Full Color


Or at least, back to New York. And as much as she wants to go back to where her friends – her chosen family – are, she’s changed since she was last on the East Coast. So she’s picked up a pit stop case first. A confidence-booster, to prove to herself she’s making the right decision and not going to backslide into her past just by changing time zones. Besides, the case is perfect: Swanky resort? Check. Jewel heist? Check. Almost definitely 100 a trap? Check. Don’t miss this exciting new miniseries from New York Times bestselling writer Marieke Nijkamp and artist Enid Balám!

Helping an investigation for Detective Rivera, Kate is irritated by the building name before having to pacify thugs preparing a bank robbery while thinking on her coming to Los Angeles to change herself. Feeling changed herself, Kate believes it is time to return home to New York but not as the Kate Bishop from before apprehending the leader of the robbers, who strangely inspires Kate to take a road trip back to New York and messages America and Cassie about it. At Hawkeye investigations, Kate finds several missed calls from Detective Rivera and a suspiciously nice invitation to stay at Resort Chapiteau before leaving the office to Ramone and Johnny; only for them to catch her and bid farewell.

Kate’s contacts chat with her on the plane ride to Resort Chapiteau, where guests are reportedly behaving strangely. Upon arriving, Lucky chases a ball thrown by Susan, Kate’s estranged sister, who sent the invite needing Kate’s help. Recalling their sour separation with Kate’s disconnection to the family and Susan believing she’d fail as a superhero, Susan now is begging Kate’s help without their father. Susan arrived two weeks earlier, now separated from David, and found herself covered in scratches without memory of their cause.

Explaining more bizarre circumstances, Kate also finds that the staff include a juggler and some grunts, aggressive when believing Kate didn’t belong until Susan placed a fake wristband on her wrist to fool them. As a woman screams that her daughter went missing, Kate reveals herself a private investigator and contains the scene. In a hidden observation room, someone asks another if they wish to continue whatever experiment they’re conducting, but the one being asked chooses to resume. Seeing Kate on the monitor, the conductor of the experiment voices a one-sided “welcome to the circus” to Kate Bishop on the monitor.

Marvel’s Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 Comic Review
Marieke Nijkamp, Enid Balám, and Oren Junior’s Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 is a fun, thrilling first issue that promises plenty of action and fun.

On Nov. 24, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest television show debuts: Disney+’s Hawkeye. Both Clint Barton and Kate Bishop appear to be on the cusp of television stardom, but Marvel’s greatest archers will also be starring in a new comic. Author Marieke Nijkamp (best known for her work on DC’s The Oracle Code) and artists Enid Balám and Oren Junior have teamed up to introduce a new Hawkeye series. Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 is an excellent, action-packed first issue that introduces an intriguing mystery.

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 begins with Hawkeye taking down a team of thugs in L.A. while trying to decide whether or not to take a trip back home to New York to reconnect with old friends. After making short work of the would-be hooligans, Kate decides to head home and accepts a mysterious invitation to an exclusive resort in the Hamptons. When she gets there, she finds her estranged sister enmeshed in a bizarre and potentially dangerous situation. Hawkeye takes the case, but it quickly becomes clear that this won’t be any ordinary mystery.

Marieke Nijkamp captures Kate’s charming, introspective voice perfectly. She’s funny enough to keep the fight scenes feeling light and fun and sincere enough to make the introspective moments feel emotionally realistic. Nijkamp uses Hawkeye’s emotional range and lighthearted banter to give readers context for the story without taking away from the action. In this way, she is able to establish a fun and frenetic pace without leaving the audience behind. The action-packed nature of Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 doesn’t stop Nijkamp from weaving a complex and fascinating private-eye mystery at the center of the story. The Hamptons resort is an eerie setting that will remind readers of Agatha Christie’s locked-room mysteries and Ira Levin’s Stepford Wives, while also functioning as the perfect place for Kate to confront her difficult relationship with her wealthy family.

Penciler Enid Balám and inker Oren Junior work together to present energetic action sequences and emotive characters throughout Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1. The opening fight scene is thrilling and easy to follow. Balám and Junior juggle flying arrows, leaping adversaries, and tremendous explosions without missing a beat. Further, they transition into quieter moments just as well. Kate’s body language is indicative of her excitable personality that becomes more infectious the longer the audience spends time with her. Both artists match Nijkamp’s tone perfectly and manage to make Kate’s dingy private-eye office seem much cozier than the lavish Hamptons resort. Colorist Brittany Peer makes Hawkeye’s iconic purple costume stand out against the rest of her surroundings in a way that adds to Kate’s already noteworthy and unique personality.

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 ends by hinting at an unseen antagonist, whose involvement threatens to recontextualize every element of Kate’s case. This first issue is sure to leave fans anxious to see what happens next. Nijkamp, Balám, and Junior have filled this page-turner with an energy that can’t be ignored. Hawkeye: Kate Bishop has all the makings of a great new series.

Hawkeye is an American television miniseries created by Jonathan Igla for the streaming service Disney+, based on Marvel Comics featuring the characters Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Kate Bishop / Hawkeye. It is the fifth television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise and taking place after the events of the film Avengers: Endgame (2019). Igla served as head writer with Rhys Thomas leading the directing team.

Jeremy Renner reprises his role as Clint Barton from the film series, with Hailee Steinfeld joining him as Kate Bishop. Tony Dalton, Fra Fee, Brian d’Arcy James, Aleks Paunovic, Piotr Adamczyk, Linda Cardellini, Simon Callow, Vera Farmiga, Alaqua Cox, Zahn McClarnon, Florence Pugh, and Vincent D’Onofrio also star. Marvel Studios was developing a limited series for Disney+ centered on Hawkeye by April 2019, with Renner returning. The series was officially announced that July and Igla joined in September, with Steinfeld unofficially attached at that point. Thomas and Bert & Bertie joined as directors in July 2020 and filming began in New York City that December. Steinfeld and additional cast members were confirmed, and filming concluded in late April 2021. Additional shooting took place in Atlanta, Georgia. Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye comic run served as a major influence on the series.

Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop:
A 22-year-old Hawkeye fan who becomes Barton’s protégée and is trained to take over the mantle of Hawkeye. She draws the attention of Barton by masquerading as Ronin. Steinfeld described Bishop as “smart and witty” and a “badass”, with physical abilities that are “through the roof”, while Renner said she has “a wonderfully annoying and equally charming manner about her”. Steinfeld learned archery because Bishop is “self-taught” and felt it was an important aspect of her character since she idolizes Barton. Clara Stack plays a young Kate Bishop.

Hawkeye premiered with its first two episodes on November 24, 2021, and ran for six episodes, concluding on December 22. It is part of Phase Four of the MCU. The series received positive reviews, with critics highlighting its action sequences and the lead actors’ chemistry. A spin-off series, Echo, focusing on Cox’s character Maya Lopez / Echo, is in development.

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