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4 Comic Book Runs That Inspired Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye”

November 24 has finally arrived and the first two episodes of Hawkeye are now available! The fifth Marvel series on Disney+ stars Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) and Kate Bishop and will introduce to the board audience several new characters who will gradually become more important in the MCU storylines.

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So, which comic books inspired this awesome series after all? Let’s scroll down and find out.

#1. Hawkeye

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The comic run that inspired Hawkeye‘s writers the most is undoubtedly the one written by Matt Fraction and drawn by David Aja, a cross-section of urban and family life. Clint Barton returns to fight against villains within his reach, while his family plays an important role in the plot and his feelings have a place in the front row of the series.

Hawkeye is an incredibly human character, in the deepest sense of the term. He is sentimental, resentful and tied to traditional values. In the comics, Clint trains and cares for Kate Bishop enough to allow her to inherit her own nom de guerre. It is also in this comic run that Lucky the Pizza Dog was introduced. He’s a really sweet and affectionate doggo that told the whole story through his point of view.

Another very interesting detail in Hawkeye is Clint’s temporary hearing loss following an explosive arrow, which urged him to learn sign language.

#2. Hawkeye: Kate Bishop

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To fully understand Kate Bishop, it’s best to read Kelly Thompson’s comic run about her first. The series just mentioned Kate as a New Yorker who searched for a reasonable explanation about the death of her mother.

After suffering violence, the determined and stubborn girl started learning to fight in order to defend herself. Kate used to be a spoiled rich girl, but after the tragic event, she suddenly changed and decided to protect other people in need.

#3. Old Man Hawkeye

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The Old Man Hawkeye comic run is not fundamental to the Hawkeye TV series, but is still ideal for understanding the writers’ understanding. It represents a hero in old age who is no longer as energetic and athletic as he used to be.

In this saga, Mark Millar told us one of the most popular what-ifs of many Marvel comics: The US is in a post-apocalyptic phase after the coalition of various villains, and among the heroes who survived the apocalypse we find Hawkeye and Logan, who entered aged and somehow debilitated.

#4. Young Avengers

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Kate Bishop is an important member of the Young Avengers, a group of young heroes who recalled the famous Avengers team for their powers and skills. There are also countless rumors about a TV series dedicated to the Young Avengers though none of them was confirmed yet. For this reason, we should probably take a look at some comics starring this team right now, for example the ones written by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung.

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