The 10 best comics to read after watching the show


New Hawk Eye The streaming series owes a huge debt to the flagship 2011 comic book directed by writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja, taking many elements of the story and visual iconography of the series. Fans of the MCU series will definitely want to check it out, but there are plenty of other great comics to check out involving Clint Barton, Kate Bishop, and Echo.

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Kate Bishop and Echo are relatively new characters in the comics compared to Clint Barton, who first appeared in Tales Of Suspense # 57 in 1964. Their stories appear in other titles unrelated to Hawkeye, such as daredevil and Young Avengers, teasing likely ties to other characters in the MCU’s future. This is all the more reason for new fans to check out the best comics featuring them.


“Parts of a whole”

Echo of Marvel Comics

Echo is brand new to the MCU and probably a little new even to comic book fans. She first appeared in daredevil No. 9 of 1999, in “Parts Of A Whole”. Maya Lopez is an agent of Kingpin sent to attack Daredevil. Like Elektra, she develops a romantic attachment for him.

His connection to Daredevil is intriguing for the future of the MCU, especially if Daredevil appears in the franchise in the near future. But the key here is his connection to the Kingpin, which is one of the biggest clues that Kingpin is the big bad of the Hawk Eye series.

Avengers of the West Coast (Clint Barton)

Hawkeye trains the West Coast Avengers.

Clint Barton has a number of excellent comic book stories from his nearly sixty year history in Marvel Comics. One of the best is the first arch of the West Coast Avengers title in the 80s. In the first issue, one of the best West Coast Avengers problems, Clint becomes the leader of the first spin-off team in Avengers history.

The storyline is perfect for showing Clint’s potential as a leader and mentor, who plays a huge role in the new streaming series. The West Coast Avengers could also be a factor in the MCU, with several key characters now active, like White Vision and the US Agent.

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop (2016)

Kate Bishop in a promotional image for Hawkeye.

Kate Bishop is in many ways the star of the new streaming series, with an outstanding performance by Hailee Steinfeld. She gets her first real star turn in comics in Hawkeye: Kate Bishop as of 2016, and it’s one of the best stories featuring the character.

In the first screenplay of the series, Kate moves to Los Angeles after separating from Clint Barton. She forms her own detective agency and begins helping people, which could be the direction she takes in the MCU after the streaming series ends.

Secret invasion

The Skrulls during the Secret Invasion.

Another major comic book event that Kate Bishop is sure to be a part of in the MCU is the Secret invasion crossing. This epic 2008 storyline sees the Skrulls pose as major heroes like Spider-Woman and launch a total invasion of Earth.

Kate Bishop plays a major role as a member of the Young Avengers, fighter and loser against the Skrulls in one of the many times aliens have invaded New York City in Marvel Comics. She also participated in the final battle that turned the tide against the Skrulls.

West Coast Avengers (Kate Bishop)

The new West Coast Avengers debut.

Clint Barton isn’t the only Hawkeye to direct some version of the West Coast Avengers. Kate Bishop led her own iteration of the team in a 2018 comic book series that was one of the best comics featuring the team and also one of the funniest.

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This version of the team includes Gwenpool, America Chavez, and Quentin Quire, and comes together in response to a land shark invasion in Santa Monica. The show’s silly tone is a big departure from most comics featuring a Hawkeye and a must-have for Kate Bishop fans.

“Captives of the collector”

Hawkeye attacks the collector in Marvel Comics.

Avengers # 174 is one of the best Avengers 1970s comics, written by Bill Mantlo and drawn by Dave Wenzel. This issue puts the spotlight on Clint Barton as he takes on the Solo Collector to save the rest of the Avengers. This is a stunning example of why Hawkeye is one of Marvel Comics’ best superheroes despite his lack of superpowers.

Hawkeye uses all of his bow and arrow skills and ingenuity to traverse the collector’s lair in order to free the other Avengers, overcoming advanced technology and the might of the cosmically powerful villain.


Echo of the Daredevil 51 comic book cover.

One of the best comics featuring Echo is a story with his name on it. This multi-part scenario starting with daredevil # 51, written and drawn by David Mack, delves deep into the character and is a must-have for Maya Lopez fans. She finds out the truth that Kingpin killed her father, and her whole life has been a lie.

She sets out on a vision quest to find herself, exploring her Native American heritage. She tries to come to terms with Matt Murdock and tries to get rid of Kingpin once and for all, two things that don’t go as well as she wants them to.

Hawk Eye (1983)

Hawkeye shooting his arrow.

Another great comic book series for fans of Clint Barton Hawkeye is his first solo series from 1983, written by Mark Gruenwald and drawn by Brett Breeding. This limited series introduces Clint to Mockingbird, who quickly becomes his partner and wife.

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Mockingbird has yet to play an actual role in the MCU – a version of her appears in Agents of SHIELD – but that relationship is essential for Hawkeye, the Avengers, and possibly the MCU one way or another, if Clint Barton continues beyond the new streaming series.

Young Avengers

Comic book fans first met Kate Bishop across the Young Avengers series, making the first edition of the comic a must read. It’s a compelling comic for many reasons, and interests fans to see how its origin differs from the MCU in key ways.

Kate evolves a lot in comics, especially in her costume, which at first is a fusion of Hawkeye and Mockingbird. It’s also a great introduction to several important characters like Kid Loki, and Wiccan and Speed, who are actually the children of Vision and the Scarlet Witch.

Hawk Eye (2011)

Hawkeye drags Kate Bishop down an alley with bows and arrows in Marvel Comics.

The new streaming series draws much of its visual identity and story elements from Matt Fraction and David Aja’s 2011 comic book, which is in many ways the best. Hawk Eye comic book ever thanks to the focus on Clint and Kate. In this series, Clint plays the role of mentor with Kate for the first time as they both face off against the tracksuit mafia.

The art is fantastic – issue 11 is told entirely from Pizza Dog’s perspective in one of the most visually inventive comics of the genre – and the fun and exciting story is absolutely essential for the new streaming series.

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