Writer: Ethan Sacks
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Cover: Marco Chechetto
As Hawkeye continues his journey he is still being hunted by the Marshall named Bullseye as well as the lone survivor of the gang he killed in the first issue who is bonded with the Venom symbiote. That gang is also hunting for Hawkeye as we speak…
After a hiatus, this issue picks up where the last left off. Hawkeye is in Arcade’s Murderworld in Nevada where he sees someone dressed in the classic Captain America costume getting jumped. Wishing to not draw attention to himself Hawkeye doesn’t intervene during the beating but feels bad about it. As he turns to leave he runs into a mysterious who knows quite a bit about him. After that discussion, we flash to Bullseye the Marshal hot on Hawkeye’s trail. He is currently torturing someone to get the location of Hawkeye. Bullseye has basically become obsessed with Hawkeye has he takes him to be a challenge and hasn’t had anyone test his abilities in quite some time as villains have controlled the US for years at this point. The story rolls back to Hawkeye and the mysterious he met earlier. Her name isn’t revealed but she again knows about him and his plans. This leaves Hawkeye curious but unmoved in the end as he is following through on his mission of vengeance. He runs into he has been hunting recently and that turns out to be Atlas. Atlas used to run with Hawkeye when they were Thunderbolts and it appears he might have betrayed the heroes when the Red Skull took over. Hawkeye’s grudge becomes clear and they engage in combat. Hawkeye manages to kill Atlas and leaves. Bullseye gets fed intel about Atlas and the link between the two. Now he knows what Hawkeye is doing and moving to intercept.
This issue felt brief to me but was a heavy one if you’re familiar with Hawkeye’s time with the Thunderbolts. This was a heavy one to internalize because of the past friendship between Hawkeye and Atlas. It showed that though they were reformed villains that the wrong push could have them go back to their all too familiar roots which is what Atlas did. But then looking closer was Atlas really evil? It appears he was just trying to survive and unfortunately the collateral damage was too great for Hawkeye to walk away. I wish this conversation was longer as well as this issue in general as I wanted more information. This has been the most engaging part of this book by far and I want to see what happens next.