All-New Hawkeye 002 (Dec. 2015)
SPOILERS AHEAD! YE BE WARNED!
“Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye is one of the two greatest sharpshooters known to man. He’s also an Avenger. Kate Bishop, a.k.a. Hawkeye is the other one. (Some say the better one.) This is what they do when they do what they do best.
“Team Hawkeye is no more. Following Clint’s decision to give up protecting the Project Communion kids, Kate can no longer trust him as her partner. This doesn’t bode well in the future, as an older Team Hawkeye must reunite to right the wrongs of the past. Unfortunately for them, the path to redemption is interrupted by the Mandarin!” – All-New Hawkeye 002 (Dec. 2015)
Thirty years from now. Kate and Clint are captives of Mandarin. Kate reveals S.H.I.E.L.D. set her up to fail and get them both killed, hoping the “kids” or Mandarin would do their dirty work and kill both Hawkeyes. S.H.I.E.L.D. knows the Project Communion “kids” were responsible for the China massacre in Mandarin’s territory that Mandarin is being blamed for (genocide of your own people, never a good thing). Mandarin reveals he has one of the Project Communion “kids” as his captive and has been torturing him to make him use his powers for Mandarin’s purposes, to get even with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Project Communion “kids” for the thousands of his people that were massacred. Mandarin told Kate she would only live so long as she told him how to use his new captive’s powers.
Now. Clint is drinking himself into a stupor and realizes, with the help of Lucky, that he screwed up and needs to call Katie and apologize. She doesn’t answer. She is out with her buddy America (Chavez) and they decide Kate needs to finally be rid of Clint and go solo permanently. They go dancing to celebrate this new decision and forget Clint while Clint’s many calls go unanswered.
Thirty years from now. Kate is not pleased with Mandarin or his manners (or lack there of) and decides to shut him up. She calls in her secret back-up, Marvel Boy. He literally breaks them out of there and stays behind to let them get away. Kate and Clint escape and now have a new plan. Something they should have done years ago… take down S.H.I.E.L.D. TO BE CONTINUED…
S.H.I.E.L.D. is trying to kill the Hawkeyes. Team Hawkeye is out to take down S.H.I.E.L.D. Oh. Yes. These next few issues are going to rock. I can feel it. I am enjoying the future Team Hawkeye a little better than their emo-angsty younger versions. The relationship drama and Clint turning into a country song (my gal done left me and all I got is a beer and my dog) is really getting annoying. I usually love the more personal side of Marvel heroes, but this one is grating on my nerves. If Marvel sticks with the Thirty Years From Now storyline and the action, then they will keep my attention. Until next time!