RETRO REVIEW: Get Lucky in Hawkeye (2012) #13
In Hawkeye (2012) #13 by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Matt Hollingsworth, and Chris Eliopoulos, featuring a cover by Aja, some of the pieces that we’ve seen unfold over the past few issues begin to be put together… including the fate of Lucky, A.K.A. Pizza Dog, A.K.A. Arrow!
Where is Lucky?
In this issue, we see the fallout from the narrative pieces that we’ve been given over the past few issues.
In issue #10, we first saw that Grills was assassinated by Kazi.
In issue #11, we learned more about this incident from the perspective of Lucky, A.K.A. Pizza Dog. This issue has little dialogue and mostly relies on Lucky’s perspective to show us that Grills has indeed met his maker.
Next up, in issue #12, we were reintroduced to Barney Barton. This character is Clint’s brother, and has fallen on hard times.
Now, in issue #13, all of the pieces from these past three issues are re-contextualized. We see Clint learn of the death of Grills, and we see him and Kate attend the funeral. These scenes take place within the narrative of issue #11, but we end up following the chronology of the narrative even further, confirming that Kate has left New York City, and Lucky has gone with her. This is an important development, and it’s interesting to see how Hawkeye has danced around looking it in the face (until now).
This issue also shows us that Clint’s actions can spell bad news for those who he wants to protect most, the residents who live in his building. Given that there is a Grills in the Marvel Cinematic Universe adaptation of Hawkeye, could this hint at what will transpire in the next few episodes? Speculate away, Marvel Blog True Believers!
Another one of the especially interesting elements of this issue is the fact that every single page has the same layout: a nine-panel grid. This is a classic comic book layout (that some writers even sort of fetishize). However, rather than drawing attention to itself in Hawkeye #13, this issue instead uses the nine-panel grid to de-emphasize the layouts, so the tragic story can take the focus, instead of the way the page looks.
Hawkeye (2012) #13
If you read this issue on Marvel Unlimited, you can see the letters page, but there’s no song included for this issue.
Have you had a chance to read Hawkeye #13? What do you think is next for Kate and Lucky? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comment section!