Do you need a little more Hawkeye in your life as 2020 heads out the door? Marvel.com has you covered, thanks to a new prose short story about Kate Bishop, written by Hawkeye and West Coast Avengers scribe Kelly Thompson with art by Stefano Caselli and letters by Joe Sabino, which you can read right now.
The short story is set in a Marvel universe where the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the United States in the same way that it did in our reality. It turns out that Super Villains didn’t react to the pandemic by staying inside – instead, they got busier than ever, with plenty of criminal activity taking place in Venice Beach in Southern California, where Kate is currently based.
The prose story follows Kate as she channels James Stewart in the 1954 movie Rear Window (dir. Alfred Hitchcock): after breaking her leg early on in the pandemic and being extra-confined to her house, she begins to suspect that her neighbor across the street may be engaging in some villainous machinations.
The short story includes appearances from several characters that will be familiar to Hawkeye devotees (but sadly, no appearances by Lucky, so don’t get your hopes too high up).
2021 promises to be a big year for Hawkeye, with the Disney+ Hawkeye series on the way in autumn, featuring Hailee Steinfeld in the role of Kate Bishop. If the Hawkeye short story isn’t enough to keep you occupied in the meantime, you might consider heading over to Instagram, where Jolt, the dog who is playing Lucky – A.K.A. Pizza Dog – has been posting some exciting behind-the-scenes pictures.
What did you think of the Hawkeye short story? Is it possible to create some kind of mask-arrow? Let The Beat know in the comments!