I've read some of Incredible Hercules and I really enjoyed it. I'll have to try that more.
I just want the MU to be a bright place again.
Hawkeye, as he used to be, encompasses so much of that 'fun' spirit. Even when he was kicked out of the Avengers in favor of The Falcon (WAAAAY back when), and was contemplating his future, that was 'serious' or 'dark' storytelling, but the book never lost sight of its uplifting spirit.
It's hard for me to believe that Clint would want to murder Norman. He was really upset when he accidentally killed Egghead. He got mad at his wife (at the time) for not saving Phantom Rider-- and that guy raped her.
There's no denying that Clint has been changing over the years. He went from a follower to a leader... from just a circus sideshow act to leader of Avengers teams (WCA and now NA) and Thunderbolts (and some others I may be forgetting). To me, these made him a stronger person. He wasn't the blind "I'll do anything for you Black Widow" wannabe superhero and had grown up. But now, that fun Clint that's been around for so long isn't really there anymore... well minus the new Black Widow mini where he's frying eggs without a shirt on and he's surprised it hurts when hot grease hits the skin.
The change under Bendis stands out the most to me, though. Seems Clint just suddenly went on this downward spiral. From the arguments with Spidey, it reads to me that Clint was voted leader, but no one respects him. His ex-wife plays mind games with him (I wanna take things slow, Let's have "snuggle" time, You're not my husband, That's my husband!, etc).
In New Avengers Annual #3, I admit, I can see Clint rushing in a building alone, but not to assassinate someone. He apologized at the end of that issue, but it just felt so.... awkward. But that would go into saying how much I don't really enjoy New Avengers under Bendis, which is a whole other topic here.
That's a good point that Clint's change could be his "Demon in a Bottle". There's still some NA loose story ties as to why the power drainer pulled him down, how does the encounter with Wanda change him now, is this Clint or a skrull (I made that up), etc.
I hope he gets a cool costume when he comes back to Hawkeye. The purple stuff really makes him unappealing. Just ask that actor who said he'd like to be him, but without the purple.
Add to that, it was never actually said how he came back. Wanda just brought him back? Granted, her powers were completely changed in Dismembered, but I mean that isn't even close to something she's able to do. Or if it is, why not bring back every single dead super hero?
I think I'm actually one of the few people who like the Ronin identity ... lol. To me it brings a change of pace to the character and it's easy understand how his personality has changed and how people don't like it. But with what people have said above you can't blame the guy. Hopefully his character will be explored more. And it would be pretty sweet if he got a ongoing solo series.
I wish more writers explored the concept of what it means to die and come back. Didn't a writer explore that with one of the religious X-men? About not finding God? Funnily enough, despite people hating Bendis; he does actually have Bob try to understand what it means to die and come back; and is that a good thing? Should men be unable to die properly? For example: 1st degree murder, in America, can result in execution. But what if the person you killed is brought back to life? It was STILL 1st degree murder, because the reason people get the death penalty is greatly due to the premeditated ending of someone's life. Robbing the world, if you will, of it's most sacred commodity (as cheesy as that sounds). But if the person comes back, can you still execute the murderer; considering that "commodity" is still available now? Something to think about.
I do think it was out of character for Clint to go after Norman with lethal force but at least Bendis had him apologize and see that it wasn't his typical behavior.
As far as the resurrecting stuff goes, Busiek's run had Wanda's bring Wonder Man back from the dead. Plus Wanda's kids showing up again as Billy and Teddy shows that she can bring them back in some form or another.
Her hex magic has probably just gotten to the point of being extremely potent.
As for Simon, Wanda didn't bring him back to life. She just helped him focus his ionic energies and gave him a reason. After all, Atlas came back and Wanda wasn't responsible for that.
Which actor are you guys referring to? Clive Barton is the man. Almost as cool as that Stan Rogers.
As for the Ronin character, I don't mind if there's 'A' Ronin running around, but I'd like for Clint to just go back to being good ol' Hawkeye.
Or they could make him Giant Man/Goliath again. How wild would that be?
I think that still qualifies as a resurrection given that he couldn't reform on his own will.As for Simon, Wanda didn't bring him back to life. She just helped him focus his ionic energies and gave him a reason. After all, Atlas came back and Wanda wasn't responsible for that.