RETRO REVIEW: Pizza Dog Stars in Hawkeye (2012) #1
In honor of the arrival of the first two episodes of Hawkeye on Disney+ this Wednesday, November 24th, 2021, we’re going to be returning to the 22-issue series that started it all (well, started it all with this version of Hawkeye, anyway) and introduced Pizza Dog: Hawkeye (2012) #1 by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Matt Hollingsworth, and Chris Eliopoulos!
Needless to say, this review contains spoilers. Proceed with care!
Hawkeye: “Lucky” (A.K.A. Pizza Dog)
In the first issue of this series, there’s no Kate Bishop, just Clint Barton… and Lucky the dog, A.K.A. Pizza Dog! This issue both sets up the main conflict of the series, which is between Clint and a Russian organized crime family, perhaps better known as the “Tracksuit Draculas” (you can see where this comic is a big influence on the upcoming Disney+ series already, Marvel Blog True Believers).
But in addition to the foundation for the whole series, this issue also tells a self-contained story: essentially, how Clint saved Pizza Dog (and vice versa).
This issue has it all, Marvel Blog True Believers! Action, laughs, and moments that will bring a tear to your eye (especially if, like me, you have a soft spot for animals… but don’t worry: Pizza Dog still has a big role to play in this story).
Available to read on Marvel Unlimited now!
If you have a subscription to Marvel Unlimited, you can read this issue through the app now. Better yet, the letters page for the comic remains intact, which means you get the song recommendation that came with this issue: “Fire Dance” from Dizzy Gillespie and Lalo Schifrin’s Free Ride.
Have you read this run of Hawkeye before, Marvel Blog True Believers? Will you be returning to it again in advance of the series premiere on Disney+ in just a few days?
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