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From the cornfields of Iowa to the ranks of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Clint Barton's journey from orphaned carny to super hero hasn't been easy. Before you pick up your copy of AVENGERS: HAWKEYE PREMIERE, look back on his best (and worst) moments in the Marvel Universe!
by Nesa Nourmohammadi
TALES OF SUSPENSE #57
Pages into his first appearance in TALES OF SUSPENSE #57, Clint "Hawkeye" Barton proved he wouldn't be a traditional super hero—in large part because he began his career as a villain! Itchin' to take down Iron Man (thanks to a little feminine persuasion from Black Widow), the exceptionally gifted archer later went on to make his mark as one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. His ability to hang with the big boys despite lacking super powers only helped build his reputation.
AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES #6
This re-imagining of a Silver Age classic courtesy of Joe Casey and Scott Kolins finds the Avengers in dire straights. With Captain America blinded by his personal vendetta against Zemo and Thor announcing his resignation from the team, the Avengers need new blood to fill the missing void. Hawkeye joins the team, solidifying him as one of Marvel's elite and a definitive fan favorite. Don't miss the cliffhanger ending, that will leave you dying for more!
AVENGERS (1963) #172
After time away from the Avengers, Hawkeye returns to the team only to find his old group now under the sponsorship of the U.S. government and working with the ever-difficult Henry Peter Gyrich. Can Clint adjust himself in time to help the team defeat Tyrak? Hawkeye's bravado provides a much-needed light-hearted touch to the heavy-handed adventure, making this issue a must-read!
A road trip to find the best chili in America turns into a personal vendetta for Clint Barton. Not one to resist a pretty face, he comes to the aid of a stripper in need of protection from her troublesome husband. Fabian Nicieza and Stefano Raffaele provide an engrossing story rooted in human interaction rather than spectacular combat.
THE PULSE #10
Imagine returning from the dead, only to find Magneto adored by millions and in control of the civilized world. Welcome to the House of M, Hawkeye's new reality and the setting for this crossover tie-in from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Lark. Offering a somber look at the mutant dictatorship from a reporter's viewpoint, THE PULSE #10 delivers a different—but refreshing—look at our arrow-wielding champion that fans will surely appreciate.
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