[3], L.A. Woman

Graphic Novel - 2014
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Kate Bishop heads to Los Angeles to get away from New York, life, and Clint Barton - but not away from trouble! Because Madame Masque is hanging out at poolside with the rich and famous as well! As Kate helps a reclusive and Sixties-damaged pop music genius find his lost masterpiece, Madame Masque finds Kate. By which we mean starts trying to kill her again. This one has it all! Characters! Plot! Story! Dialogue! Theme! Meaning! Message! Action! A little exposition! Fire! Arrows! Criminals! Neighbors! Large bodies of water! Clients! Cops who don't care! A system that victimizes the victims! The dog! In a broken town where cynicism and apathy has its claws around the throat of the good and decent, Lady Hawkguy is the only hero you can trust!
Publisher: New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, LLC, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780785183907
Branch Call Number: YA 741.5973 F8413H03 2014
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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Sep 06, 2015

This Fraction run on Hawkeye has been a big critical success, and for all the right reasons: witty, up-to-date writing that steers just shy enough of self-parody for comfort, and gloriously minimalistic art that helps it stand out from the crowd.

This volume though just did not reach the same heights as the previous two. I like Kate Bishop as a sassy, up-and-coming hero, BUUUUT there was just too much of her just eking by and getting beaten to a pulp for me this time 'round. And, as in the previous volumes, for a comic based on an archer...there weren't all that many arrows fired, were there?

Also, why'd she have to steal Clint's dog if she was just going to wind up adopting some manky cat?

KateHillier Jan 07, 2015

Kate Bishop, Lady Hawkeye and Young Avenger, has had it with Clint Barton's antics. So, she decides to head off to L.A. to lie low and stand on her own two feet for once. This lasts precisely three seconds as she is recognized by Madame Masque, whom she wronged in one of the previous Hawkeye volumes, and she makes it her priority to see that Kate doesn't leave town unless it's in a body bag.

The volume is like a hyper colourful film noir in some cases. Especially once she decides that being a P.I. is the way to go to get some badly needed money once Madame Masque and her father cut her off. Kate tries earnestly at what she does and she bursts with self confidence even as things literally burn down around her. I really enjoyed a look here at Kate without the Young Avengers and without Clint even. She learns a lot, personally and about others, while out in L.A. and at the volume's end she is rushing back to Clint's aid with that newfound knowledge. The art is bright and sunny all through until the last issue when the worst of it goes down. If you've like Matt Fraction's run thus far, don't give it a skip due to lack of Hawkeye. Kate Bishop has just as much right to the name as well.


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