It’s the big duke-a-roo pitting a blinded Hawkeye against his brother dressed as the gayer Speedy. Baron Zemo watches with great amusement. I really wanted to love Blindspot to pieces, but c’est la vie. It’s really just a mediocre mini-series with glimmers of the brilliance that directed Hawkeye & Mockingbird. I also get the impression this mini wouldn’t exist if not for the upcoming Avengers movie and Hawkeye’s brief appearance in Thor. Want to learn more about the S.H.I.E.L.D. bowman? Pick up Blindspot.
I wasn’t even going to review Blindspot, but it features a moment that must be lauded. The smartest Avengers — Thor (Donald Blake) and Iron Man — use a tool that Zemo unwittingly gave to them in order to repair the damage to Hawkeye’s eyesight. This tool is pure cutting-edge science. It would, in theory, work, and it also takes a swipe at religious right ignorance at the same time.
The technique represents a departure for Marvel Comics’ editorial department, which often to me seemed more conservative. Regardless, the inclusion of the scene means writer Jim McCann actually did some research for that moment, and such attention to detail deserves recognition.
The artwork by Paco Diaz and Tomeu Morey is technically excellent, yet the story lacks the viscera that McCann would like it to have, and therefore you can only admire the artwork from afar. It doesn’t draw you in because in the end you know that Hawkeye isn’t going to kill his brother, despite his horrible fashion sense, and Hawkeye’s brother will fail. There’s not one moment you fear for Hawkeye, and Baron Zemo’s scheme and reasoning is simply full of holes. As a result, the road to his return to villainy seems disingenuous, but there’s that instance in the epilogue, usually a drag, that makes you notice Hawkeye Blindspot,.