What is Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye comic all about?

Mafalda Costa September 13, 2021

Marvel has finally dropped the trailer for the upcoming Hawkeye series, and fans are cheering it on! The new series is expected to draw on the acclaimed Matt Fraction and David Aja comic, which is known for its habit of routinely taking Clint Barton down a peg or two. So what is Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye comic all about?

Screenshot of Hawkeye’s trailer on Youtube.

Marvel drops Hawkeye trailer

The first trailer for the upcoming Hawkeye series has finally dropped, and fans are cheering it on!

Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye | Official Trailer | Disney+

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Marvel’s Hawkeye trailer shows Clint Barton and his family, and what they’ve been getting up to since Avengers: Endgame.

It seems that Hawkeye’s taken a well-earned break from saving the world in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to spend time with the family he fought so hard to bring back.

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However, Hawkeye’s world is turned upside when word of a vigilante wielding a bow and wearing what looks a lot like Barton’s old Ronin suit starts running around New York.

It turns out to be Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), who proudly tells Hawkeye that she’s the “world’s greatest archer.” 

Hawkeye’s then forced to take up his bow once again and help the young girl defend herself from her enemies.

Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye

The trailer is particularly notable for its surprisingly light tone: Hawkeye has never been one of the Avengers’ more comedic characters, and his previous outing was grim.

According to The Verge, the new series is expected to draw on the acclaimed Matt Fraction and David Aja comic, which is known for its lighter tone, more grounded stakes, and habit of routinely taking Clint Barton down a peg or two. 

In Fraction and Aja’s comic series, Hawkeye is often a funny character. Fraction nails it to give us one of the quippiest takes on the Avenging Archer there’s ever been, but tempers it with some particularly touching and troubling moments.

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According to Gizmodo, part of the reason Marvel began a new Hawkeye solo series in 2012 was to capitalize on the character’s appearance in The Avengers that year, a movie all about grandiose scale and superheroic feats.

But Hawkeye was pretty much the exact opposite: the comic was jam-packed with action, but it was almost entirely with mobsters and henchmen, never supervillains.

The main thrust of the overarching storyline wasn’t the end of the world or a gigantic evil plot – it was Clint Barton protecting the residents of his apartment block from the Russian Mafia.

Hawkeye trailer nods at the comic

The trailer for Hawkeye features a little shout-out to Matt Fraction and David Aja’s comic.

First off, the trailer includes one of the graphic novel’s most notable comedic elements – the Tracksuit Mafia, or the Tracksuit Draculas, as Clint calls them, a group of Eastern European gangsters.

The group’s most distinctive characteristic is that they call everyone “bro” all the time. Like…all the time.

According to Comic Book, the trailer features an explosive shot of a van flipping over. On its side, there’s a logo that reads “Trust A Bro Moving Company.”

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The trailer also includes a first look at the much-loved Lucky the Pizza Dog.

Lucky the Pizza Dog originally belonged to Ivan Lucky and served as a guard dog for the Tracksuit Mafia.

After Clint showed him some kindness (and gave him a slice of pizza), the dog turned on his masters. Renaming him Lucky, Clint and Katy adopted the dog, giving him all the pizza he wanted.

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Mafalda Costa is a second year BA Journalism student originally from Portugal. Her main passions if life are music, arts and culture, while she's particularly knowledgable on cinema and anime.