There’d been rumblings that Matt Fraction’s acclaimed Hawkeye comic might be coming to an end, and now the writer seems to have confirmed it.
Focusing on Hawkeye, aka Clint Barton, when he’s away from the Avengers, the series broke out as one of Marvel’s most creative and entertaining books of the past few years. Fraction’s unique writing style and penchant for experimentation (i.e. one issue told entirely from Clint’s dog’s perspective) really made it a gem.
But the past few issues have been hit with delay after delay, and recent solicitations hinted at a potential finale to the ongoing arc focusing on the Russian mob and an assassin wreaking havoc on Clint’s apartment complex. Now Fraction has dropped an ominous note on Twitter saying he’s working on his “last” script for the run.
Jeez guess who doesn't want to finish his last #hawkguy script huh? Yap yap yap— BUTT STUFF WEREWOLF (@mattfraction) July 10, 2014
If Fraction’s tenure is winding down, it’ll close up the series a bit above the 20-issue mark by the time the final edition drops (we’re not sure exactly which installment Fraction is currently scripting). Though we hate to see Fraction’s time on the book (apparently) end, it’s probably for the best. This book never seemed like the type that’d go on forever, and a finite beginning and end isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Of course, there’s always a chance another writer could take over the book after Fraction (it is a fairly successful title, after all), but we’re not sure anyone could keep up the arcs and entertaining weirdness he has created. If anything, we’d expect a change of direction of some sort if they keep the title running, or a brief hiatus to retool.
What do you think is next for Hawkguy, and how might the series come to an end?
(Via Matt Fraction)