The comic book behind the new Disney+ show Hawkeye

Kate Bishop and Clint Barton. Photo credit: Matt Fraction/David Aja

‘Based on Marvel Comics’.

Most audiences see this in the credits of any Marvel film or TV show. However, it never states which comics. This is because most Marvel productions take little ideas from different movies of the universe.

But the recent Marvel Disney+ shows have taken inspiration from some specific comics. For example, the hit ‘WandaVision’ takes its inspiration from two specific comic story-lines; ‘House of M’ by Brian Michael Bendis, where Wanda Maximoff – also known as Scarlet Witch – suffers from a breakdown and reshapes reality, and ‘Vision’ by Tom King, where a robot called Vision creates his own family and tries to live a suburban life.

The new Disney+ show, Hawkeye, is no exception. It is heavily inspired by the 2012 comic book run from the same name, by comic book writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja.

The comic revolves around fun loving bachelor Clint Barton – also known as Hawkeye – and teammate Kate Bishop, as they aim to take down a criminal gang and look after a dog called Lucky, who loves pizza.

Photo credit: Matt Fraction/David Aja

The show does this as well, but instead of Hawkeye being immature and acting before he thinks with Kate keeping him in line, it is the other way around. This feature portrays Hawkeye as the family man where Kate is impulsive and lacks inhibition.

Who is Kate Bishop? 

What the 'Hawkeye' Comic Tells Us About the Marvel Miniseries - The Ringer

Photo credit: Matt Fraction/David Aja

In the comics, Kate Bishop is a young woman who adored Hawkeye. She was introduced in the Young Avengers story-line back in 2005, and picked up the mantle of Hawkeye after he died in the original comic. He came then back to life (all comic book characters do at one point or another). She worked alongside the original Hawkeye, and this comic follows their dynamic relationship and her character growth.

The comic also follows what Hawkeye gets up to when he is not being a superhero. This often involves eating fast food and getting injured a lot – he is the most human member of The Avengers, after all.

The fan reaction to the comic has been very positive. Comic writer, Liam McGuire said:

Entertainment site Variety posted this tweet:

It’ll be interesting to see where the TV show goes next in terms of the similarities and differences between the comic and the show. Stay tuned for Voice of London’s review of the TV show, Hawkeye, coming soon.

Words: Katie Bird │Sub-editor: Tadhg Ormond


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