In what’s sure to be a popular movement among Hollywood’s aging superhero actors, Old Man superheroes are on the rise! Nearly a decade after Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Old Man Logan arc rocked the comics world and inspired Logan, Marvel is back in geriatric form with its upcoming 12-part miniseries, Old Man Hawkeye.
We already heard about the new prequel story from writer Ethan Sacks and artist Marco Checchetto, which drops in January of 2018. And we got a tantalizing peek at the Mad Max-ian cover, too. But now, thanks to the tweeting thumbs of Marvel's editor-in-chief, Axel Alonso, we’re getting our first look at an interior page from Old Man Hawkeye #1 by Checchetto and Andres Josè Mossa.
Upon the initial announcement, we learned that the action of Old Man Hawkeye unfolds five years prior to Old Man Logan. In Millar’s world, one of Wolverine’s biggest allies is the famously hawk-eyed Clint Barton, who’s now blind and living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where the supervillains won, and the remaining superheroes live in hiding.
"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 New York Daily News.
Perhaps that tragic event is depicted above? Perhaps that’s his old friend Black Widow? What is Alonso referring to when he says, "Unforgiven"?
Who knows! As this is but our first stunning inkling inside the intriguing series, we’ll just have to wait and see how the story shakes out… which is apparently more than Hawk can ask.