Marvel is ready to hit a bull’s-eye with a new comic book series centering on its sharp-shooting archer, Hawkeye, which serves as a prequel to the wildly popular “Old Man Logan” saga.
Set 45 years in the future, the 12-issue series titled “Old Man Hawkeye” follows the heroic marksman as he embarks on a journey five years before the events of “Old Man Logan.”
Like that original series, “Old Man Hawkeye” takes place in a dark world where Marvel’s most ruthless super villains have banded together and overthrown the Avengers, leaving only a few survivors.
The new series is being penned by longtime Daily News reporter Ethan Sacks, who will tell the story of the aged Hawkeye — whose real name is Clint Barton — fighting to avenge his fallen comrades while he still can.
“In this story, he’s losing his vision and that sort of forces him to confront something really horrible that happened to him personally 45 years ago, and go on his own hero’s journey while he still can,” Sacks told the Daily News.
“It’s very much like a ticking clock that’s forcing him into action.”
Hawkeye served as the primary partner to Logan, aka Wolverine, in Mark Millar’s “Old Man Logan” series, which launched in 2008. The skilled archer had already gone blind from glaucoma in those stories.
The first issue of the “Old Man Hawkeye” monthly series is set for release in January. Each book will be illustrated by popular Marvel artist Marco Checchetto, whose work can currently be seen in Marvel’s ongoing “Star Wars: Captain Phasma” series.
“Old Man Hawkeye is, on its own terms, an epic story,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said.
“Readers will gain insight into previously established characters, explore new corners of the Wasteland, meet new characters, and discover exciting Easter eggs all throughout Clint’s journey.”
Hawkeye’s journey will see him facing off against a slew of menacing villains, including Venom, as the hero ventures through a realm that’s largely unknown to readers so far.
“This is a pretty rich world that we’ve only seen a little part of,” Sacks said.
Hawkeye — who is portrayed in the Marvel movies by Jeremy Renner — doesn’t boast any actual super powers, but his wit and incredible aim with his bow and arrow help him survive.
The new series marks the second project for Sacks published by Marvel. He wrote an eight-page story about the Daily Bugle in the third issue of Marvel’s “Secret Empire: Brave New World,” which was released earlier this year.
It’s been a dream come true for Sacks, a veteran of the newspaper industry for over 20 years, to write for Marvel. He grew up reading comic books and is a massive fan of Hawkeye as well as “Old Man Logan,” making it even sweeter for him to write this prequel.
“My mom always used to say I spent far too much money on comic books,” Sacks joked. “But look at me now.”