Writer Kelly Thompson reveals new details about Kate Bishop’s recent strange behavior!

Case No: 090617

Investigator: Marvel.com

Clients: Kelly Thompson

Case Overview:

Kate Bishop returns in HAWKEYE #10 on September 6—but something doesn’t seem quite right with our super sleuth. Kate learned that her father is in league with the tall, dark, and villainous woman known as Madame Masque—and if that wasn’t enough, her mom’s necklace just resurfaced with some oh-so-confusing evidence. Seems like no surprise that Kate is shaken up, but writer Kelly Thompson and artist Leonardo Romero worry something more might be going on.

“Listen, she’s not eating nearly enough tacos. She didn’t make finger guns once today. She doesn’t have any bandages on her face. She looked like she combed her hair and she’s wearing heels. Who is this person?!” confides Thompson. Word on the street even says Kate was out clubbing… so unless she’s secretly eradicating some illegal nightlife activities, something must be seriously wrong with our feisty female detective.

Detail of Events:

Between the drama with her dad, the bad guys, and new cases continually popping out of the woodwork, Kate has quite a lot on her plate. And while she might not have any trouble clearing a plate of mini donuts, a plate full of super hero-sized problems often proves a bit harder to swallow.

But Thompson ponders, “Kate does not run away from a fight. Kate runs headlong, full bore into any fight she sees for good or ill.” So when Kate doesn’t seem too interested in immediately running to the aide of her friends, she gets pretty concerned.

“The whole thing with Kate’s dad has really put her in a vulnerable position, where she’s a little angrier, a little less clear headed, and definitely feeling more guilty—especially as it relates to her friends,” recounts Thompson, after noticing Kate acting a bit uncharacteristically for a few issues now—putting herself in too much danger, making only a normal amount of jokes, and acting unusually with her friends. And now she’s becoming unexpectedly mischievous, explains Thompson, spilling the beans that Kate kisses multiple in issue #10. Expect things to get awkward and complicated—even by Kate’s standards. So is this dual persona just Kate’s way of dealing with recent difficult experiences or is something more sinister going on?

Actions Taken:

It looks like the task of making that discovery falls on you, True Believers! The tables have turned—Kate’s in the hot seat and we need to figure out what’s going on. What exactly should we look for?

“Did she put a frozen food of some kind on her face to reduce swelling? Did she get punched in the face a lot? Make one too many jokes so that it becomes uncomfortable for everyone? These are day-in-the-life for Kate Bishop—and if you don’t see them, maybe you should worry,” warns Thompson.

Additional Notes:

Be warned, there will be a lot to sift through in this investigation. “Expect Kate to confront her father on the biggest questions between them. Expect one of the Kate’s friends to make a lot of relationship trouble in her life. Expect Kate to kick many butts and Lucky to play a low-key pivotal roll in that. Expect Kate to go out with her friends and to have a very vintage, classic Hawkeye villain show up,” teases Thompson, who also adds that master artist Leonardo Romero provides some brilliantly-subtle visual clues to help us differentiate the pages where Kate’s acting normally—and the ones where she’s not quite herself.

Be the first to figure out what’s behind Kate’s strange demeanor with HAWKEYE #10, by Kelly Thompson and artist Leonardo Romero, on September 6!

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Two archers. One-shot.

Artist Stefano Raffaele really hits the target with his art and designs for GENERATIONS: HAWKEYE #1, a fact you’ll witness for yourself on August 30 and when you see his words and sketches her in this exclusive behind-the-scenes peek.

Marvel.com: Stefano, we see some Romita Sr. in your take on Kate Bishop—who are your artistic inspirations?

Stefano Raffaele: As a child I grew up reading thousands of classics, and my top favorite artists have always been masters like John Romita Sr., John Buscema, Neal Adams, and Alex Raymond. I try to mix my love for modern and classic together in my drawing style.

Marvel.com: What kind of a feeling did you want to evoke from your presentation of Hawkeye himself here?

Stefano Raffaele: I tried to give Hawkeye a classic feeling, but also look very powerful at the same time. I wanted the reader to “feel at home.” with Clint. I tried to be very respectful of his classic costume, because I know he’s a character that every Marvel fan loves very much.

Marvel.com: We love this great series of pages that leads up to the big full-page confrontation splash. How do you get that sense of movement, like in a film?

Stefano Raffaele: Cinematic storytelling is always my first goal when doing comics. The drawings are important, of course, and they must be powerful, but the right shots are always my main concern when approaching a new page.

Marvel.com: What do you prefer drawing the most: People? Backgrounds? Mechanical?

Stefano Raffaele: People come first, but I give great attention to backgrounds, too, because I think it’s very important to work “around” the characters. I have a lot of fun going into details with backgrounds!

Marvel.com: And what’s your theory on the balance between lights and darks on a page? You seem to have a great mastery of it—is that a challenge for you?

Stefano Raffaele: I am a big fan of old black-and-white movies, from Hitchcock to Truffaut, so I try to put that into my drawings, always mixing modern and classic.

Kate Bishop, A.K.A. Hawkeye, finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a battle royal between the world’s most skilled sharpshooters — including an inexplicably young Clint Barton, A.K.A. the OTHER Hawkeye with GENERATIONS: HAWKEYE & HAWKEYE from Kelly Thompson & Stefano Raffaele on August 30!

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What surprising face from Kate Bishop’s past has plans for her future?

Kate Bishop has gone up against some shady characters lately, but she has also seen some exciting successes, as she builds her detective agency and enters a new phase of her life. Things will soon get a little darker for Kate, though, when a face from her past shows up in HAWKEYE #8, coming July 5.

Just who is this mystery character?

Kate has seen her fair share of action as a super hero, so she has no shortage of rivals who could potentially crop up and cause trouble. On the other hand, maybe an old friend will make an appearance, and the two will find themselves fighting baddies together.

Writer Kelly Thompson weighs in on our top five guesses—without spoilers, of course!


Clint Barton

He went through a lot recently with CIVIL WAR II and the trial that followed after he killed Bruce Banner. And now we see him fighting HYDRA in SECRET EMPIRE. We’d call this a pretty interesting time for him to reunite with Kate.

Kelly Thompson: Clint and Kate are both definitely in interesting places in their lives, going through a lot and growing a lot. Does that mean they grow toward one another or away from one another? That may indeed be something we’re about to find out. They are definitely going to be connecting in the HAWKEYE GENERATIONS issue—so maybe that’s going to set them up for connecting in HAWKEYE too? All the winks…all the nudges!


Steve Rogers

Getting his blessing as Hawkeye held a lot of significance for Kate. But things have changed a lot for Steve, to put it mildly, and he and Kate would relate to each other very differently now.

Kelly Thompson: It’s pretty hard for anyone to ignore the power of Steve Rogers. And it’s probably doubly true for Kate. The Captain America stamp of approval is a big deal, especially to a young hero. But Kate is nothing if not her own person, and that’s part of what earned Cap’s respect in the first place. She’d have no problem standing up to him today, the same as in the past. Sure, she’d throw up her tacos a bit later from the stress of it all, but Kate makes the tough calls in situations, it’s simply who she is.

Cassie Lang

Cassie and Kate kept the Young Avengers together when Steve and Tony Stark told them to disband. And the two have quite a history of fighting together. We’d really enjoy watching them in action side by side.

Kelly Thompson: It’s been a long time since Kate and Cassie spent any real time together, so it’d be great to get them back together, but I think the surprise guests showing up in Kate’s life soon are a bit on the more contentious side than I’d hope Cassie would be. Still, it’d be a heck of a curveball and we are telling a detective story…so it could happen.


Madame Masque

In Matt Fraction and David Aja’s beloved HAWKEYE run, Kate went up against Madame Masque, and we’d love to see a rematch.

Kelly Thompson: I think Madame Masque was so well developed by Fraction, Aja, and Annie Wu that she’s definitely what I would call Kate’s nemesis, or certainly the top contender. Does that mean she’s destined to come back into play soon…or does that mean we should focus on other potential villains for Kate’s “rogue’s gallery”? Nobody knows! Okay, well, I do, but I’m not telling.


America Chavez

We’ve seen Kate show up in America’s book—maybe America will make an appearance in Kate’s? We really can’t get enough of Amerikate!

Kelly Thompson: I was really glad that I got to consult on Kate’s guest starring role over in America’s book as I had been planning for America to guest star in HAWKEYE well before America got her own book! So we re-jiggered things a bit to ensure we didn’t step on any toes while AMERICA was launching. Suffice to say I’m still itching to get America over into HAWKEYE and it’s basically well overdue at this point…so maybe it’s happening now? Obviously I can’t confirm or deny any of these guesses at the risk of spoiling things, but I will tell you this: at least one of these guesses is right on the money!

Find out who’s paying Kate a visit on July 5 in HAWKEYE #8 by Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero!

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Everybody has a therapist in LA—so why not Kate Bishop?

The client, Kate Bishop, is returning to therapy after a period of time away. Sessions are being conducted via a secure Skype setting as the client is currently located in Los Angeles. What paperwork that has been needed to be signed has been faxed to an associate of this office and signed in person and held there until this writer picks it up in person the next time he is on the West Coast.

The client continues to present as being in above average physical fitness and reports no significant changes in physical health or recent injuries. Given her choice of activities—Hawkeye, a costumed vigilante and private investigator—it seems unlikely she has sustained no injuries between when she last met with this writer and now, but whatever bodily trauma she has experienced does not seem to have created lasting physical consequences.

The client has largely disengaged herself from her family’s money but continues to present as someone used to and educated in a high socioeconomic status world. Nonetheless, she seems to have adapted well to the reduction in her financial status and articulates no anger or bitterness regarding it.

Finally, in comparison to our last series of sessions, Bishop has seemingly integrated emotion more easily in her life. While she still indicates she does tend to favor thinking over feeling the gulf between the two has shrank and that bears out in her affect. As with all changes, this seems to have carried both positive and negative consequences, but overall she seems happy about the change.

The client’s return to therapy was prompted by an interaction with a peer/mentor she identified as Jessica Jones. Jones herself recommended calling this writer as well. In the interaction, Bishop finally admitted to Jones—and possibly herself—her real change in location and current motivation stems primarily from her father’s disappearance. In giving words to this reality, the client has experienced significant ambivalent feelings she is struggling to properly process.

After “losing” many people in her life—via death, time travel, maturation, or team disbanding—Bishop clearly places a high priority on staying connected with those she cares about. So on this level, her father’s disappearance has been a tremendous struggle for her.

On the other hand, the client also has a highly developed sense of morality and her father ran aground of that morality. In violating it, he threw their whole relationship into doubt for her. Since that time, neither has addressed or attempted to address the issues. Therefore, it remained a psychologically open wound for Bishop.

His apparent mysterious vanishing has thus left her angry, disappointed, worried, scared, and confused. Even if the client has done a better job with emotions as of late, the set of feelings is proving very hard for her to sort.

Given her previous therapeutic experience, we are starting with radical acceptance. She has experienced the technique with this writer before and it is my feeling that the sooner she can come to terms with the realities of “My dad is not the man I thought he was and wished him to be,” and “My father is gone and no one knows where or why” the sooner we can begin to address the feelings below them.

Kate Bishop will visit with the above referenced associates, Doctors Kelly Thompson and Michael Walsh on May 3 and then return on June 7 to see Doctor Thompson again, this time with Doctor Leonardo Romero. All scales and intake paperwork will be completed then. Details of these sessions will be found in HAWKEYE #6 and HAWKEYE #7 respectively.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who is sure he’d fit right in in ol’ Los Angeles. What with his pallor and c-level character actor looks.

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Kelly Thompson gets Kate Bishop some guidance from Jessica Jones!

It’s Women’s History Month everyone! And it just so happens that Marvel Comics has a leading lady team-up that Hall and Oates would be proud to sing about coming your way April 5 in HAWKEYE #5 by series writer Kelly Thompson and guest artist Michael Walsh. That’s right, Jessica Jones rolls into town with Kate Bishop ready to soak up all the veteran detective tricks she can like an enthusiastic sponge.

“I think Kate would be the first one to admit that she’s sort of still figuring out how to be a PI and so Jessica Jones has already been a sort of mentor and a great force in her life, so to get to use her in the private detective capacity as well, she’s super into it,” says Thompson.

The writer let slip that throughout this two issue team-up Kate pulls advice from her experiences working with Jessica; sort of like Jessica’s PI tips, brought to you by Kate Bishop. For instance, Jessica might see a suspect in Kate’s aviators and Kate’s take away from that: aviators rule! A thought cops everywhere agree with, Kate, because aviators do indeed rule.

“I think that certainly these aren’t bits of advice Jessica is trying to impart, it’s just bits of experiences that Kate is choosing to pick up from her specific sensibility,” Thompson notes. “And sometimes they’re more relevant to actually learning something than others, but I think within the context of the story it’s fun and everyone will enjoy it and you learn a little bit about Kate and a little bit about Jessica at the same time.”

Hawkeye #5 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

Now given that Jessica pretty much owns the role of stoic, street smart sass master who doesn’t take lip from anyone, we could imagine that there might be a bit of tension with Kate about as stoic as a five-year-old whose parents just brought home a puppy. Even so, Thompson believes Jess can’t help but be reminded of when she began her detective days, and may even pick up some tips herself.

“I think everyone learns a little bit from Kate just because she’s such a boundless fount of optimism, to an almost ridiculous degree,” the writer shares. “I don’t think that’s Jessica’s sensibility but it sort of rubs off on her. It’s definitely a mentorship but as they grow together, I think it changes a little bit through our story so it goes more from mentor-mentee to just colleagues which is huge for Kate and it’s thanks to Jessica’s strong guiding hand that helps her get there.”

Catch all the action and maybe even a few detective tricks on April 5 in HAWKEYE #5!

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Kate Bishop becomes the latest Marvel hero to venture west!

While the Gold Rush has long passed, Kate Bishop, like so many Americans, has heard the siren song of California and decided to hit the road for the Golden State.

In fact, not only have many Americans made the trek but so too have several Marvel heroes over the years. In case Kate needs some advice about where to eat or a good laundry mat to clean your costume, we put together a call sheet for her to use should she need it. And be sure to follow our hero’s continuing adventures in HAWKEYE #3, available February 1.

West Coast Avengers/Force Works
Avengers cannot be kept to one coast, for the good of mankind, so a new branch ends up established in Los Angeles. Boasting East Coast transplants like Kate’s fellow Hawkeye Clint Barton as well as Mockingbird and War Machine at its founding, the team became the California destination for plenty more heroes over the years, including Wasp, Hank Pym, Thing, and Vision.

In time, Iron Man would vote to shut down the WCA only to resurrect it immediately afterwards as Force Works. The team initially included the Golden Avenger himself, USAgent, and Scarlet Witch joined by the likes of Spider-Woman and Wonder Man.

Daredevil and Black Widow
Partners and lovers, Black Widow and Daredevil decided to head to the City by the Bay, San Francisco, for a change of scenery and to move their relationship forward. While they proved a great team in and out of costume, not all things last, and the two called it quits and left Frisco behind as well, in short order.

Moon Knight
Moon Knight has spent a lot of time moving around the past few years, including trips below the border to hang out/hide out in Mexico. His most high profile relocation, however, has been to Los Angeles where he produced a TV show based on his own masked adventures and faced off with Count Nefaria.

Runaways
West Coasters from the start, these teen heroes eventually made their way to the Big Apple. However, after Secret Invasion and some time travel, they longed to go home again, settling in Malibu. Unfortunately, in many ways, their return to the West Coast proved their unraveling and the group of unlikely friends have not really been together since.

X-Men
After years of questing to bring peace to the world, the mutants of the Marvel decided to go west to find themselves a slice of peace instead. Their island enclave off San Francisco’s coast, named Utopia, alas, proved a short-lived respite for the long hounded heroes and their friends and families.

Daredevil (again)
Matt Murdock returned to San Francisco once more after completely giving up on his secret identity. Finding the West Coast to be a bit more…relaxed about his double life, DD did well, even adapting a costume appropriate for court visits too. Once again, however, the Man Without Fear came to realize that only New York, New York could be home.

Kate Bishop
Well, would you look at that. Turns out that maybe Kate might not need all this extra help. After all, she’s been to Los Angeles before; after growing disillusioned with her father and her mentor, Clint Barton, she briefly made the sojourn to battle Madame Masque and appreciate all that sun, surf, and modern noir trappings.

Go west with Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, and Kate Bishop with HAWKEYE #3 on February 1!

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As Kate Bishop finds a new career, we review her PI peers!

Kate Bishop loves being a super hero but knows that it cannot pay the bills. Thus, with HAWKEYE #2 on January 4, she finds herself a nice side job to line her pockets: private investigator.

In a world where good guys and bad guys battle for the fate of the universe, on the regular, Bishop recognizes that the average every day person still has problems that need solving; problems that a PI might be uniquely suited to improving.

The fact that other super powered types have reached that conclusion before her can be good news for Kate. For when times get a little rough, or when she has a question about what billing software to use to stay on top of her accounts, we put together a list of other heroes turned private dicks that she can give a jingle.

Jessica Jones
While she may have cut her teeth in the super hero game—first as Jewel, then as Knightress—Jones has always had the type of temperament a little more at home with the rough and tumble life of a PI. Alternating between run of the mill “catch my wife cheating” to the high tension “find out Captain America’s real identity” cases, Jones showed that despite self-hatred, alcohol dependence, and a general inclination away from customer service, she had private investigating in the blood.

Years later, Jones may be in a far better more stable personal place, but she has not lost her edge. Her most recent case proves that even without booze and outward turned rage, she remains one of the better frosted glass doors of the Marvel U to knock on with your problems.

Scorpion
Believe it or not, MacDonald “Mac” Gargan did not always hate Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson and make his bones in a bright green costume complete with tail weapon. For a time, Gargan walked the rainy streets of Manhattan charging 200 a day plus expenses.

He had a decent career going too, until he agreed to be the guinea pig in an experiment paid for by Jameson. It turns out an acute sense of amorality can serve you well when you make your money invading other people’s privacy for anyone who will pay you.

Spider-Woman
While she mostly spends her time as the more active extension of Ben Urich’s investigative reporting these days and the previous years have been marked by space travel and avenging, Jessica Drew spent several years being one of the most popular PI’s in the San Francisco phone book.

Motivated by her sense of justice—not a desire for monetary reward—Drew stepped in for those most in need who might not have convinced the average private investigator to take their case. Jessica proved so dedicated to her work that even after she lost her powers for a time, she kept the agency open and taking cases until life took her east once more.

X-Factor Investigations
Founded and headed up by Multiple Man in part to help him find his way in life, the agency boasted the likes of Wolfsbane, Siryn, Rictor, Monet, and Strong Man as operatives.

Although they took up in “Mutant Town” as their base of operations, X-Factor quickly became an international investigating force, gallivanting around the world—and eventually, through time and other dimensions—to deliver their customers the very best work they could.

Knightwing Restorations LTD
After years in the NYPD, Misty Knight lost her arm and began to experience intense depression. On top of that, she felt constrained by the job and its rules, unable to truly help those that needed it most. So, with best friend Colleen Wing’s encouragement, she quit the force and joined her pal to create Knightwing. For Wing, who had previously had her life saved by Knight when she ended up in the crossfire of a gun battle, it felt like nothing more than returning the favor.

The duo, most often known as the Daughters of the Dragon—a nickname awarded in derision but now worn like a badge—quickly gained a reputation for taking on risky and dangerous cases that set them against some truly over powering foes. Eventually, the pair transitioned to more of a bails bond focus, but both retain their highly honed undeniable talents.

Dakota North
Despite an “only the pretty survive” reputation, the fashion industry actually requires remarkable strategical thinking to prosper over the long haul. In the Marvel U, the best example of this comes from Dakota North, the model turned private investigator who made the switch without missing a beat.

The daughter of an intelligence officer, North grew up around the ideas that helped mold her into a highly successful PI. Applying her honed business acumen to it proved just the next step and, rapidly, she grew her agency to an international one with offices in Tokyo, Paris, and Rome. After a brief time staying in New York in Nelson & Murdock’s personal employ, it appears she is back out on her own, traversing the globe, and maintaining her business.

Investigate HAWKEYE #2 by Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero on January 4!

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The Hawkeye artist opens his sketchbook for a look at life as a private investigator in L.A.!

Kate Bishop plans to strike out solo. That means she’s not only moving, but also taking on her own solo title with HAWKEYE. The series launches next week from Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero and transplants Kate to Los Angeles where she intends to put her private investigator’s license to work.

We talked with Romero about getting Hawkeye’s costume just right, working her into the City of Angeles, and the potential pitfalls of PI work in the Marvel Universe!

Marvel.com: What is it about Kate Bishop and her role as Hawkeye that appeals to you as an artist?

Leonardo Romero: Definitely her personality. Finding the best way to portray Kate’s attitude in body language or facial expressions is always fun.

Marvel.com: Kate’s always had a unique way of seeing the world; does that come through in the art?

Leonardo Romero: Kate has a much sharper perception than normal people. So, she can see elements and small details that would go unnoticed in our eyes. To represent this, we developed this “Hawkeye Vision” where we use bullseyes as a graphic element to show us the points of interest that Kate is seeing in an apparently common scene.

Marvel.com: Kate’s Hawkeye costume in the book seems both functional and stylish. Was there a lot of back and forth in coming up with the look?

Leonardo Romero: Actually no. I think that the previous design is just so strong and I love it so much that I preferred to add small details to it instead of changing. So, of course there [are] some minor differences, but the best parts were already there.

Marvel.com: In the book, Kate’s heading to L.A. Do you enjoy mixing the real world elements of that city with the Marvel version?

Leonardo Romero: Sure; L.A. itself is such an amazing city to draw, especially Venice Beach. Mixing that with some fictional elements certainly makes it more pleasant to me as an artist.

Marvel.com: Kate’s working as a PI these days. Does that put her more on the street level as far as her adventures go or will she be kicking up trouble on a larger scale?

Leonardo Romero: Yeah, I think working as [a] PI and trying to help normal people naturally puts her more in an urban scenario and street level as well. But you never know, sometimes a small problem can unfold into a very large one.

Marvel.com: How has it been working with Kelly so far?

Leonardo Romero: Working with Kelly has been amazing. It’s really cool to work with someone who not only understands the characters so well, but also gives them a lot of personality and makes them reliable. Plus, she’s super cool and kind, so it’s been amazing.

Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero hit the mark with HAWKEYE #1 on December 14!

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Kelly Thomson offers her take on the top moments in the career of Kate Bishop!

Kate Bishop has quite the impressive resume. She has been a private eye and a Young Avenger, and has skillfully carried the Hawkeye mantle.

With Kate’s solo book HAWKEYE preparing to launch on December 7, we wanted to take the opportunity to get writer Kelly Thompson’s take on the top five most impressive moments in Kate’s career.

Honorable mention: Amerikate

“As I was thinking, I came up with my top five and one that I’d consider an honorable mention: Kate and America Chavez becoming BFFs in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s YOUNG AVENGERS. I wouldn’t consider this a defining, top-five moment for Kate because she acts as a supporting character for most of the story, but it does bring us that great relationship between Kate and America.”

Kate rescues herself
YOUNG AVENGERS #1
By Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, John Dell & Justin Ponser.

“Kate begins her super hero journey by literally saving herself. The first time we meet her, we find her surrounded by super-powered Young Avengers, but she manages to save herself, instead of coming off as just another damsel. I see this as a really great opening for her.”

Kate stands up to Captain America and earns the Hawkeye name
YOUNG AVENGERS #12
By Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, Dave Meikis, Mark Morales & Justin Ponser.

“We really see that she’ll stop at nothing to do the right thing—which in this case means remaining a Young Avenger—when she stands up to Cap. As a result, she gets the Hawkeye name and the bow and arrows, but she has been earning it all along. She gets herself there.”

Young Avengers Presents (2008) #6

Young Avengers Presents (2008) #6

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Hawkeye steals back her bow
YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #6
By Matt Fraction, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer & Paul Mounts

“You can see some of the Kate we know today here: ballsy and bold and relentlessly determined; alcohol empowered or not, it takes grit to steal back your bow from an icon and legend who clearly intimidates you. But now, we can also how much she has changed from this moment. Today, she knows her worth and is assured in her ownership of the Hawkeye name. And a lot of that growth began here.”

Kate shoots better, drives better, is better
HAWKEYE #2 & #3
By Matt Fraction, David Aja & Matt Hollingsworth

“Here, we get some of the best Kate-being-hilarious-Kate stuff. She has sass that lasts for days! But these issues also really define the modern, current Kate voice so clearly. And they give us a real leveling of the field between Kate and [original Hawkeye] Clint [Barton], in terms of skill and respect. Part of that is because we see her largely through Clint’s eyes, and he has such a high opinion of her at this point.”

Kate returns to save Clint’s butt
HAWKEYE #20
By Matt Fraction, Annie Wu & Matt Hollingsworth

“We actually see her helping Clint in #22, but in #20, she returns in preparation for this, and it says so much about her character. She has been trying her hardest to build a new life, and it’s highly flawed—she has burned down someone’s trailer, she has no money. But she genuinely wants to build that life. Yet the second Clint needs her, she drops the baggage and heads home to help him.”

Aim your bow and arrow with Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero on HAWKEYE #1, coming December 7!

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Kate Bishop stars in her own series under the creative guidance of Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero!

She may be the second person to use the name Hawkeye, but in all other ways, Kate Bishop comes second to none.

Out to make sure everyone else knows that, writer Kelly Thompson and artist Leonardo Romero showcase Bishop’s adventures in her new ongoing solo book. Before HAWKEYE #1 hits stands in December, we caught up with Thompson.

Marvel.com: Kate Bishop has experienced a lot of turmoil as of late—losses of relationships, teams, and mentors—but she has also always been a resilient character. Where is she, psychologically speaking, when the book opens? How accurate is her presentation to the world of her inner feelings?

Kelly Thompson: Kate is definitely not showing all her open wounds to the world, that’s not her way. So while she’s pretty torn up inside, and I think her move back to the West Coast and her desire for change and a clean break is pretty telling, she’s not going to wear any of that on her sleeve. Kate is pretty high-energy, resilient, and optimistic as a character and she can lean on that to get her through tough stuff. I’d say that’s exactly where she is right now, leaning on that stuff to get her through a really rough time in her life.

Marvel.com: Going in to pen Kate’s first solo series—all hers all the time—what was important to you about capturing the character? What is Kate’s essence?

Kelly Thompson: I think I accidentally already answered this when I said “high-energy, resilient, and optimistic.” Kate sees things as a “Hawkeye” which is a very specific skill, but she also sees things as “Kate” which is maybe even more special and specific. Kate has a sort of rare eternally springing hope in her, despite all she’s seen and I think she brings that to everything she does. A boundless enthusiasm and energy, even a clumsiness in her zest for life; she’s also funny as hell, often inadvertently, which I love about her.

Marvel.com: Looking beyond Kate, what’s the “world” of her book like? Not just in terms of location—although that too—but also tone? Who are the supporting characters populating this world too?

Kelly Thompson: Kate’s book is one-part super hero and one-part P.I., so that’s how her world looks too. We’re definitely doing some nods to sort of classic Hollywood noir to match the P.I vibe, but we’ve also set Kate up in Venice beach on a fictional liberal arts college campus to match Kate’s youth and energy. Thanks to Leonardo Romeo the two are blending together really nicely. I’m super excited for people to meet Kate’s supporting cast—some Venice beach locals and college students, including a couple love interest options and a sassy lady destined to become her runner up BFF should Miss America Chavez have to decline the crown at any time. 

Marvel.com: How has Leonardo Romero’s art helped you realize this world? How has he captured L.A.? In what ways has his work in turn informed your own?

Kelly Thompson: Leonardo has been invaluable in fleshing out Kate’s world. He’s brought so much life and authenticity to it, grounding Kate and lifting her up at the same time. We’ve got some cool ways to show off how Kate sees the world and what makes her so special that I think fans will enjoy.

But you know, when you pull together a book that’s one-part super hero and one-part P.I. you don’t realize at the time that that’s not a thing that every artist can just do. Those are two things that don’t always go together and it takes a very specific kind of artist to be able to marry them so seamlessly and we’re really lucky to have Leonardo as he excels at that. We’re also very lucky to have Jordie Bellaire on colors. The two of them together is just pure magic.

Marvel.com: In terms of conflicts and adversaries, what is Kate facing down during the start of this book?

Kelly Thompson: Kate’s on a case from page one that’s a bit of a mystery but seems to be what brought her to the West Coast and is tied to a larger story for Kate, but she also gets drawn into a new case to help a local college student almost immediately. As with all P.I. cases, there’s a lot more there once you scratch the surface, and so as Kate explores those layers she’s going to find some surprising adversaries, maybe even a nemesis—or two. 

Marvel.com: In general, can fans expect any familiar faces from the Marvel Universe?

Kelly Thompson: I think it’s pretty safe to say that America Chavez will definitely be showing up, but other than that, I think we have to wait and see. We’ve got to focus on Kate to start and once we get her established I think we’ll have more options for bringing in old—and new—friends with more famous faces.

Marvel.com: Going over my head, how would you pitch this book directly to readers? Why should this be part of their monthly comic consumption?

Kelly Thompson:  I would say: it’s Kate Bishop Hawkeye—’nuff said!

Take aim with HAWKEYE #1 from Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero, hitting targets this December!

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