Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Old Man Logan centered on the titular mutant who was no longer in his prime, so it stands to reason that he would be the best part of the series. And while it’s true that most of the story is devoted to Logan and his antics, the fact is he wouldn’t have gotten anywhere were it not for his good old friend, Clint Barton, AKA the Avenger known as Hawkeye. In fact, Hawkeye plays such an important role that were it not for him, there wouldn’t have been much of a story at all.
Marvel Comics recently announced a 12-issue prequel series to Old Man Logan, which will be titled Old Man Hawkeye. While the series, by Ethan Sacks and Marco Checchetto, isn’t slated to arrive until January 2018, by looking back at Wolverine #66-72, it’s easy to see why Marvel green lit the project, and why fans should be genuinely excited by it.
Hawkeye Is Blind?
In the Old Man Logan reality, Hawkeye, a master archer, has gone blind. While this would probably sideline even the greatest archer who ever drew a bow, it’s little more than a minor inconvenience to a man who, despite having no superpowers, was once an Avenger who fought alongside the likes of Thor.
When you’ve honed your archery skills to the point that you can fight alongside a green rage monster, losing your eyesight isn’t going to be the end of your career. Plus, while he may not be able to see his targets, he is perfectly capable of hearing them.
Now, were it anyone else, only being able to hear an enemy would likely result in an arrow somehow being shot into their own foot. But this is Clint Barton — listening is all he needs to take out anyone who poses a threat.
Not only can the former Avenger fire his bow straight and true with just the right amount of sound to guide him, he doesn’t even let his inability to see hinder his love of driving. Granted, he and Logan were driving cross-country in the Spider-Mobile, which has the ability to stick to walls among other things, which made things a little less crashable — not that Barton would have let anyone else drive, even if that weren’t the case.
Hawkeye Will Do The Right Thing, No Matter What
When Hawkeye finds Wolverine, he has just been beaten to a pulp by the Hulk’s kids and his healing factor is taking some time to get working. The purpose of his visit is to enlist Logan’s aid in escorting him across the country to New Babylon (currently known as Washington, D.C.) to deliver a briefcase, the contents of which are kept secret.
Because Logan is in deep to the Hulk, and Hawkeye is offering some serious compensation, he agrees to leave his family at the farm and trek across the country with Barton. As we previously mentioned, Barton takes the wheel of the Spider-Mobile, and they get going.
Along the way, they come into contact with some familiar and some not-so-familiar characters, which we will get to shortly. Jumping ahead, the pair makes it to New Babylon to rendezvous with members of the resistance movement, who are intent on overthrowing the Red Skull. The idea is that if they can build a foothold in the East Coast of the former United States by removing the Red Skull, they can then push Westward and take over the nation from the supervillains and their successors.
When they arrive, it is finally revealed that Hawkeye had been moving 99 vials of the Super Soldier Serum with the goal of creating new soldiers who could take the fight to the Skull and his compatriots. His only demand for compensation after foregoing any money is that he be administered a vial of the Serum. Asked if he is kidding, he insists that “The Red Skull killed my friends” and pushes his demands.
Unfortunately, it turns out the resistance is nothing more than undercover Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., under the employ of the Red Skull, and they immediately fire off about 40 rounds into Logan before executing Hawkeye. That’s it. It’s the end of his part of the story… or is it?
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