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The “best gifts come with a bow.” Hawkeye gets his own spinoff in the forthcoming Disney+ series, premiering on the streaming platform November 24. In honor of Marvel’s infamous archer, we rounded up a handful of Hawkeye comic books for you to purchase before (or after) the show debuts.
For the uninitiated, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is a skilled marksman and an ex-villain turned Avenger; his ally is Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), a rich girl-turned-superhero. But that doesn’t even graze the surface of their backstory. For more about how they came to be — and why so many fans are rabid for the series’ debut — check below for a collection of comics that created their characters. And if you love superhero content, check out our list of the best graphic novels for Marvel fans, best vintage comics, and best Marvel gifts.
“Hawkeye Epic Collection: The Avenging Archer” by Stan Lee
“The Avenging Archer” follows Hawkeye from his debut to his first solo adventure and more. This comic, which will be released January 11, 2022, illustrates the very beginning of Hawkeye’s adventures when he was Iron Man’s foe and Black Widow’s love interest. The book features Hawkeye joining the Avengers, as well as the story of Hawkeye’s bride-to-be, Mockingbird.
“Avengers: Solo Avengers Classic Vol. 1” by Tom DeFalco and Mark Bright
“Avengers: Solo Vol. 1” mostly stars Hawkeye but you’ll also find appearances from Black Knight, Moon Knight, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, the Scarlet Witch, and more.
“Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool” by Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli, and Jacopo Camagni
It’s Halloween in Brooklyn and Hawkeye and Deadpool are racing against the clock on a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission. With villains masquerading as good guys, the unlikely duo don’t know exactly whom to trust — and they can’t exactly trust each other. Hawkeye and the Murk with a Mouth turn up the laughs in this hilarious read.
“Hawkeye: The Saga of Barton and Bishop” by Matt Fraction and David Aja
In “Hawkeye: The Saga of Barton and Bishop,” Hawkeye takes a break from his crime-fighting duties to relax and enjoy life, but when his new neighbors are threatened by a gang of European mobsters, he and Bishop join forces to save the day.
“Hawkeye: Kate Bishop Vol. 1: Anchor Points” by Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero
The City of Angels has a new guardian. “Hawkeye: Kate Bishop Vol. 1: Anchor Points” marks Bishop’s solo comic book debut. The saga takes readers on a journey into Bishop’s life as she heads West to Los Angeles with her bow and arrow in tow. Can she handle the villains on her own? You’ll have to read the comic to find out.
“Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon” by Matt Fraction, David Aja and Javier Pulido
With Bishop by his side, Hawkeye sets out to prove himself as one of Earth’s mighty heroes. In “My Life as a Weapon Vol. 1,” Hawkeye gets recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. to intercept a package containing incriminating evidence that could turn him into the world’s most wanted man.
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