RETRO REVIEW: Penultimate Peril in Hawkeye (2012) #21
In Hawkeye (2012) #21 by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Matt Hollingsworth, and Chris Eliopoulos, we get the penultimate chapter in the groundbreaking series that inspired the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe series on Disney+!
Hawkeye (2012) #21
When reading the penultimate issue of Hawkeye (2012), it’s hard not to appreciate how well structured the whole story turns out to be. There are many different moving parts in this issue, and most of them are payoff from details that you may not even have noticed along the way.
One example is the revelation that Kazi, the man who killed Grills, has been getting in thanks to the fact that one of the residents of the apartment building is actually a traitor who has been in cahoots with the Tracksuit Mafia all along!
Another example is the fact that the father of Grills (whose real name, we learned, is Gil) gets a chance to strike back at the Tracksuit Mafia for murdering his son… and he even does so using hot coals!
As you might expect from the penultimate issue of the series, this story ends on a cliffhanger (and one that even features the star of the show, Pizza Dog).
And naturally, there is tragedy here, as it appears that Barney, Clint’s brother, has fallen in the battle defending the apartment building.
This issue represents the culmination of many of the moving parts that have been set in place over the course of the first twenty issues of the series. What’s in store in the final issue? We’ll be covering it tomorrow, just in time for the first season finale of Hawkeye on Disney+!
And if you read this issue on Marvel Unlimited, you might have noticed that the letters column makes a return… including a playlist from Aja, delivered by editor Sana Amanat! However, the page also reports that Fraction and Aja have officially decided not to continue the Hawkeye saga after the next issue (hence why we never got that Hawkeye Annual promised in Hawkeye (2012) #16, Marvel Blog True Believers).
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