RETRO REVIEW: Escape From LA in Hawkeye (2012) #20
In Hawkeye (2012) #20 by Matt Fraction, Annie Wu, Matt Hollingsworth, and Chris Eliopoulos, with a cover by David Aja, we get the final chapter in Kate’s initial LA sojourn… and Madame Masque isn’t happy about anything that Hawkeye has been up to on the Best Coast!
Hawkeye (2012) #20
In this issue, we get to the bottom of the situation that’s been unfolding in LA over the course of the past few issues. In essence, Madame Masque has been running a racket based around Life Model Decoys (LMDs). This technology will be familiar to fans of Marvel Television’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Speaking of which, fans of that series will especially want to check out this issue, which features cameo appearances by Agent Maria Hill and Agent Phil Coulson!
This issue also reveals that Harold H. Harold is not dead! Or rather, he is dead, but he’s been more or less resurrected thanks to the money we mentioned in Hawkeye (2012) #18 (we’re talking coffee-cup importation money, here) and the program Madame Masque runs, which sells LMDs to rich folk wishing to remain forever young.
While Kate solves the mystery (and discovers her father is involved), she doesn’t get to the end of this storyline in this issue – we’ll have to wait for the 2016 run of Hawkeye for that, which features Kate as the sole Hawkeye. Instead, she heads back to NYC for the final showdown against the Tracksuit Mafia!
From LA to NYC
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