Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hawkeye Limited Series #2 (October 1983)

Title: Point Blank!
Cover: Mark Gruenwald, Bob Layton
Writer: Mark Gruenwald
Pencils: Mark Gruenwald
Inks: Brett Breeding
Colors: Bob Sharen
Letters: Joe Rosen
Editor: Dennis O’Neil
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.60
Cover Date: October 1983
Release Date: June 1983
Synopsis:  Hawkeye was dealt a series of devastating blows – emotional, financial and physical – in Hawkeye #1 and the second issue of the limited series opens with the Avenger at a personal low.  Hawkeye returns to his apartment on his sky cycle, finding that it’s been completely emptied by the thugs at CTE.  Mockingbird makes a surprise appearance and they return to her apartment where she offers to mend his costume and she shares her obligatory origin story for the benefit of the readers. Exhausted, Hawkeye falls asleep and Mockingbird takes off to run some errands.

While Hawkeye rests, the masked assassin Silencer sneaks into Mockingbird’s apartment and puts a gun to the sleeping archer’s head. He wakes up in the nick of time and jumps to safety as Mockingbird returns and they drive the villain away. Hawkeye suits up in the new costume that Mockingbird made for him and the two heroes fly to Brooklyn on the archer’s sky cycle to visit his friend and former co-worker Jorge Latham, who offers them a clue about where they might find out what’s going at CTE.  Hawkeye and Mockingbird return to CTE where they break into a locked file room to start digging for evidence of the plot.

The Silencer surprises them in the act and Hawkeye takes the fight to him while Mockingbird continues searching the file room.  Hawkeye knocks the Silencer through the window and the two land on the archer’s sky cycle where they spar back and forth until the villain gets the upper hand and knocks Hawkeye down a smokestack.  As the Silencer stands atop the smokestack, wondering how he’s going to get down, Hawkeye manages to climb back to the top and turn the tables on the assassin. With the villain out of the picture, Hawkeye summons his sky cycle and returns to pick up Mockingbird.

Mockingbird was able to find detailed information on the mysterious party behind CTE’s nefarious plot that the two heroes will pursue next issue in Behind The 8-Ball!

Source:  Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics
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