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Marvel's Best Book -- Don't Miss Out!
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2017
This is Marvel's best series! An incredibly fun (and sassy!) read that picks up, tonally, right where Matt Fraction left off in his highly acclaimed run on the Hawkguy. In this series, Kate Bishop sets up shop in Venice (CA, not Italy), hoping to continue her burgeoning career as a Private Investigator. Between the fact that most folks walk in thinking she's the Hawkguy, and the fact that getting a PI license is actually pretty hard, she's having a rough go of it at the start. But as the story progresses and she takes on a particularly challenging new case, she grows into her new role and finds her tribe -- a group of friends and allies who will support her no matter what.
That's the elevator pitch, but what makes this series unique is that writer Kelly Thompson has a clear and compelling perspective on Kate Bishop -- who, like Clint Barton, is a superhero without super powers, just trying to make her way in the world. Kate may seem like she has her **** together, but the truth is that she's making it up as she goes along, just like everyone else. The one thing that sets her apart is her absolutely dogged commitment to doing the right thing -- no matter how many times she might get beat up by the bad guys, or how much procedural red tape is thrown in her path by the local PD.
Of course, a great story and a good handle on character and theme would be meaningless in the world of comic books without good art. Leonardo Romero, luckily, is incredible -- the subtlety of the facial expressions and the dynamic kineticism of his action sequences make this one of the all-around prettiest books at Marvel right now.
Ultimately, Kate Bishop proves to be a highly compelling and fun lead character, and Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero prove to be worthy successors to the high bar set by Matt Fraction and David Aja. Highly recommended.