by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer
Captain America & Hawkeye
Written by Cullen Bunn, Art by Alessandro Vitti
Published: June 2012
I like both Captain American and Hawkeye, which is why I was so disappointed with Captain America & Hawkeye. First, the good stuff: the premise seems really cool. Some sort of science experiment gone wrong seems to be attaching itself to and reanimating corpses and skeletons. Where things get really neat is the inclusion of dinosaur fossils. It feels like good, old-fashioned pulp science fiction, which I always get a kick out of.
Now, the bad: pretty much everything else. The issue opens with Captain America and Hawkeye bickering while fighting off a large group of security guards, a situation that’s so cliché it’s painful to think about. And the dialogue isn’t much better, with Hawkeye actually saying some form of “you do things your way, I’ll do things mine.” Yeesh. They’re talking over gunfire too, which makes an already silly situation just that more implausible.
Hawkeye is made utterly unlikable, which is frustrating, because like I said I actually like Hawkeye. Here he’s portrayed as immature and reckless. Everyone loves a lose cannon, but writer Cullen Bunn takes it too far and just makes him a jerk. Captain America is better, likable at the least, but Bunn almost takes him too far in the other direction, making him more of a boy scout than he actually is. It’s as if Bunn tried too hard to establish the good cop, bad cop dynamic rather than focusing on their individual personalities.
Then there’s just the overall lack of action. I’m not usually someone who craves action. I can cut my way through even the densest exposition, but issue 629 doesn’t even have that much of it, it just takes forever to tell it. Aside from the silly battle at the beginning of the issue and a cool little number in the last few pages, it’s a lot of pretty pictures and shoddy dialogue. The pictures sure are pretty, though.