The Best Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) Returns to Marvel Comics!
Kate Bishop is leaving the Best Coast and heading back to New York City in a new five-issue miniseries: Hawkeye: Kate Bishop by Marieke Nijkamp and Enid Balám! This first issue of the series arrives in November, but on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021, we got our first look at this upcoming title thanks to some scintillating character concept art!
Bi-Coastal Bishop: Coast to Coast
If you want to follow Kate’s coast-hopping history, a good place to start might be 2015’s Hawkeye by Matt Fraction, David Aja, et al. This series focuses on both Hawkeyes: Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, and the relationship they have with one another. It also introduces Pizza Dog, a character we will all be growing very attached to in the coming months thanks to his inclusion in the Disney+ show!
Crucially, this volume of Hawkeye features an arc called “L.A. Woman,” which sees Kate head to Southern California with Pizza Dog in tow – she is the best Hawkeye, after all.
Next up, there is Hawkeye (2016) by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romeo, Jordie Bellaire, et al. This Hawkeye arc follows (mostly) just Kate as she lives her life in SoCal, and between the hilarious drama and awesome “POV” art, this series is not to be missed!
Following Hawkeye, Marvel Comics released West Coast Avengers (2018), by Thompson, Stefano Caselli, Tríona Farrell, et al. This series gives Kate the opportunity to head up her own Avengers team (and since she includes Gwenpool in the ranks, I’d argue that she gets to head one of the all-time greatest Avengers teams EVER)!
Then, if you’re curious how Kate spent the COVID-19 pandemic, check out this short prose story by Thompson that examines how Hawkeye handles being stuck inside – small hint: she checks her notes, sees Rear Window is playing…
Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1
The new story starring Marvel Blog’s favorite archer will be penned by the New York Times best-selling author Nijkamp, who gave an exclusive interview to Bustle about the upcoming Hawkeye: Kate Bishop series, which will start where West Coast Avengers ended.
“She’s racked up quite a bit of experience running a very successful and definitely-very-legal-and-licensed private eye business,” Nijkamp shares, adding, “She’s revamped the West Coast Avengers.” Now, Kate, who has been “living her best Hawkeye life,” returns to New York when she’s been invited to a “weird, murderous fancy resort” to “solve a mysterious jewel heist.”
Nijkamp promises fans that the Kate Bishop miniseries will “find some familiar faces,” including a “very excitable dog,” “someone from Kate’s past,” old “villains with a flair for the dramatic,” as well as newer villains.
Hawkeye in November
Will you be picking up Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 when it arrives at your local comic shop (LCS) in November? Have you had the opportunity to read Bishop’s backstory on the Marvel Unlimited app? We’re waiting to hear from you, Marvel Blog True Believers! Let us know what you think in the comment section.