Before ‘Hawkeye’ Comes to Disney+, Check Out the Comics That Created the Legend

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The “best gifts come with a bow,” indeed. When Disney+ dropped the trailer September 13 for its upcoming Marvel series “Hawkeye,” it took only a few hours for it gain over 3 million views.

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For the uninitiated, skilled archer Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is an ex-villain-turned-Avenger; his ally is Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), a rich girl-turned-superhero. However, that doesn’t even graze the surface for the history of these superheroes. For more about how they came to be — and why so many fans are rabid for the series’ November 24 debut — check out this collection of the comics that created their characters. (For more comic book collections to purchase, read our list of the best vintage comics for collectors.)

“Hawkeye by Fraction & Aja: The Saga of Barton and Bishop”


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In this adventure, Hawkeye has decided to take a break from his crime fighting duties to relax and enjoy life, but when his new neighbors are threatened by a gang of European mobsters, he and Bishop must once again come together to save the day. This paperback is available for pre-order and will be released November 2.

“Hawkeye Epic Collection: The Avenging Archer”


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Available on January 11, 2022, “The Avenging Archer” follows Hawkeye’s career from his debut to his first solo adventure, and more. This comic book illustrates the very beginning of Hawkeye’s adventures when he was an enemy of “Iron Man” and a love interest of “Black Widow.” You can also expect to witness Hawkeye joining the Avengers, as well as the story of Hawkeye’s bride-to-be, “Mockingbird.”

“Hawkeye: Kate Bishop Vol. 1: Anchor Points”


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This edition marks Bishop’s solo comics debut. The cover art shows the famed “Venice” sign in the background of the heroine. Illustrated by Leonardo Romeo, this volume takes readers on a journey into Bishop’s life as a butt-kicking superhero in the City of Angels as she heads out West to Los Angeles. Can she handle the villains on her own? You’ll have to read the comic to find out.

“Hawkeye, Vol. 2: Little Hits”


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Hawkeye takes on a variety of missions in “Little Hits, Vol. 2.” First, he must destroy Mageddon, a war machine powerful enough to destroy the world. Then Hawkeye gets distracted by a beautiful villain. Go along with Hawkeye in a series of battles. You can purchase the “Little Hits, Vol. 2” on Amazon (via the link above), as well as Barnes & Noble, and ComiXology.

“Hawkeye: Kate Bishop Vol. 3: Family Reunion”


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Hawkeye and Bishop team up in Los Angeles to help her find information on a deceased relative in “Hawkeye: Kate Bishop Vol. 3.” While on their mission, they’re met with trouble. But are their enemies ready for what they’ve gotten themselves into? Hawkeye and Bishop reunite to fight major crime in this volume.

“Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon”


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In “Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon,” Hawkeye has been recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. to intercept a package that contains incriminating evidence that could possibly turn him into the world’s most wanted man (Bishop also makes an appearance in this volume). This paperback comic is illustrated by David Aja and Javier Pulido.

“Ultimate Comics Hawkeye by Jonathan Hickman”


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In this volume illustrated by Rafa Sandoval, Hawkeye finds himself on a dark mission where he can end up with a serum that will change the course of mutant history. With S.H.I.E.L.D.’s members split up across the world on various assignments, Hawkeye must go deep into the Southeast Asian Republic to save the day.

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