Over several volumes of Young Avengers and Hawkeye, Clint Barton's young namesake Kate Bishop has become a breakout star, and now she's finally getting her due in an all new solo series written by Kelly Thompson, with art from Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire.
Thompson spoke to i09 about the new series, explaining that it picks up with Kate moving back to Venice Beach to work as a superhero/private eye in the wake of Clint Barton killing Bruce Banner.
"I don’t think she’s disillusioned so much as just emotionally a bit spent by it and feeling like she needs a clean break from things," Thompson explained. "Also feeling a bit like she needs to prove to everyone, perhaps most notably herself, that she can stand on her own."
"I think Kate’s got such a strong and singular voice, even when she’s in a group, that once you tap into that voice as a writer, she just sorta bosses you around and tells you what she wants to do," Thompson continued. "Our series is definitely a spiritual successor to what Matt Fraction and Annie Wu began when they brought Kate to L.A. We’re definitely doing our own thing, but they absolutely laid the groundwork for where we wanted to take Kate. It was the next logical step."
As for the book's tone, Thompson described the new Hawkeye title as "Veronica Mars with superheroes."
"When I was pitching I initially described Kate’s book as Veronica Mars with superheroes, and though a lot has changed since pitching, I think that still sums us up pretty well. Kate will be taking on P.I. cases – both her own personal mission that brought her back to L.A., and the clients she finds – but you can’t take the superhero out of Kate, nor would we want to. She’s an archer first and foremost. One of the really fun things about Kate as both archer and P.I. has been seeing the way that those skill sets naturally overlap. Being an archer makes Kate a better P.I., and being a P.I. makes Kate a better superhero."
Hawkeye #1 is scheduled to debut in December.