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Quotes of the day | ‘He’s the Marvel Universe’s Jim Rockford’

“If I could put the Stephen J. Cannell logo at the end of every issue I would be happy, and David Aja recently sent me this amazing piece of music. He said, ‘Here’s the soundtrack to our first issue.’ It’s Dizzy Gillespie and Lalo Schifrin from a record they did together called ‘Free Ride’ and it is great. The whole record is full of car chase music. So this series is very William Friedkin and early Brian Depalma. Rockford Files. It’s an early ’70s urban grit story. You almost expect Hawkeye to come around the corner and bump into Power Man and Iron Fist from 30 years ago.”

“Rather than try to define what Hawkeye’s role is in the Avengers, I wanted to define what is Clint Barton’s role in Hawkeye — who is he and what drives him and why is he our lead? I could close my eyes and see this Aja drawing of him with a Band-Aid across the bridge of his nose, and I got it. That’s our guy. He’s the Marvel Universe’s Jim Rockford.”

– writer Matt Fraction, in interviews with Comic Book Resources and USA Today, name-checking
the 1970s James Garner crime drama in discussions of his upcoming Hawkeye ongoing series for Marvel. There’s no word yet as to whether Clint Barton works for $200 a day, plus expenses.




April 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

This makes me almost want to read it now. I’ll definitely thumb through it at very least!

Hey remember that great Fabian Nicieza Hawkeye as Jim Rockford comic? That lasted a whole 8 issues or so.

To be fair, though, Matt, part of the reason that Hawkeye series was cancelled is because Bendis killed him off.

Oh look at that… Negativity from a fanboy over a book that hasn’t even come out yet?!!!! WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE?!!!!!

Hey, wait, I thought Luke Cage was the Jim Rockford of Marvel? Oh, whoops….


April 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm

No, Luke Cage is the Samuel L. Jackson of Marvel…uh…wait…

I think that that Nicieza series was more of a “Then Came Bronson” riff. (I liked it, though…)

While the character Hawkeye doesn’t have a great track record with ongoing solo series, I still have a positive outlook that this series will be just as good, if not better than those written by Niceiza and McCann.

I hope we get to see some resolution to the story threads left open from the Hawkeye & Mockingbird series. Both the Phantom Rider and Crossfire should be make a return. Plus, if it is at all possible, a revelation about the secret identity of Bobbie Morse’s father.

The Worldwide Counter-terrorism Agency would make for a great supporting cast this book.

I guess we can also expect the return of Barney Barton aka Trickshot. I wonder what Clint’s reaction will be when he finds out Barney is now classed as a Dark Avenger.

Wait, I thought Luke Cage was the LL Cool J of the Marvel Universe.

Guess I know what comic will be replacing Demon Knight’s on my pull list…last of the new 52. YO WELL. Immortal Iron Fist was my favorite comic…so here’s hoping Fraction and Aja can bring back the magic that died when they left that title.


Luke Cage is the John Shaft of the Marvel Universe, jeez people. What a bunch of philistines. LL Cool J? Samuel L Jackson?

He’s Shaft, people.


April 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

No, Falcon is the Shaft of the Marvel Universe. Samuel L. Jackson is the Sgt. Fury of Marvel…and Punisher is the Baretta.

The Hulk plays himself.

Hawkeye isn’t Rockford. Spider-man is. Hawkeye is maybe Mannix.

So in that whole flowchart, is Ben Grimm Banacek?

Luke Cage is more like Spenser: For Hire and Hawk combined.

“He’s Shaft, people.”

But, but, but…. so is Sam Jackson!

Jake Earlewine

April 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm

What? Did somebody mention Hawkeye and Jim Rockford in the same paragraph? Geddoudahere!

Has Fraction been doing bong hits?

Rockford? Yeah that’s current. Spider-Man is the Dobie Gillis then I guess..

I actually like the premise of this new take on Hawkeye, and the fact that Fraction’s doing mostly done-in-ones and two-parters–THAT is a must for me. To me, it’s like the MU version of “The French Connection”, with Clint and Kate standing in for Gene Hackman’s ‘Popeye’ Doyle and Roy Scheider’s ‘Cloudy’ Rousso, respectively. This may just be the second modern Big Two comic I’ll give a chance. I owe it to Matt Fraction, since I had a nice lil’ conversation with him at the 2011 Emerald City Comic-Con, and I’m already trying out his Defenders title.

Jim Who? Will someone born BEFORE 1975 please explain the reference?

Wow, that first paragraph kind of makes me want to read this. Late ’60s/early ’70s pulp is basically my jam.

If someone is actually going to write a comic book that’s one and two part stories instead of the bloated 6 issues that should have been two parts, I will buy it.

One or two issue storyarcs? Aja on art? Gritty, urban, 70’s crime vibe? Score by Lalo Schifrin? Alright, I’m officially sold on this comic but now that it’s been built up as Marvel’s answer to Bullitt or The French Connection, it might be overselling it.

I think ALL comics creators, at least the ones with good taste, should have a recommended playlist… a list of music that acts as a score… included in each comic. Because we listen while we read and music is the ultimate mood-setter, in terms of creating atmosphere, no matter what the desired atmospheric effect might be. Plus, its such a cultural touchstone. I cant help but notice that music is the common language all with-it, tuned-in creators default to, regardless of medium. Amirite? Anybody? Just a thought.

Luke Cage is definitely the LL Cool J of the MU guys, come one now…

@Bob Oldman “Jim Who? Will someone born BEFORE 1975 please explain the reference?”

What, you have to have been alive at the time to know the story behind the reference?
Don’t you know how to use Google?

what I need to know now, is who is Carl Kolchak?
I love me some Night Stalker!

I miss Hawkeye’s mask. Now he looks more like a purple Green Arrow than he ever did before.

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