David Walker scouts some prime candidates for Hawkeye’s new
When Michael Van Patrick first showed up at the Initiative
training camp, he seemed a shoo-in. A terrible accident later and he became a
dead dirty little secret. However, genetic material that good cannot be ignored
so Patrick ended up cloned multiple times. This one would be the last still
An excellent hand-to-hand combatant and tactician,
Mockingbird has had more than enough solo success to demonstrate she would be
an asset on any team. Add in the fact that she can be a team player and has
worked extensively with Hawkeye and she seems like a great fit.
While M Day did rob him of his mutant gifts, El Aguila
remains a talented swordsman and open hand combatant. Additionally, he has
charisma to spare, a big help when you wander town to town without knowing
quite what awaits you.
Despite a rather dark origin involving subliminal mind
manipulation and misinformed consent to medical experimentation, Cathy Webster
remains an optimistic hero who truly believes in doing the right thing. She may
well recognize Clint’s mission as a place where she can help others who will
not otherwise be seen or heard.
They call him the Master of Kung Fu? What other reason do
The founder and leader of the New Warriors, Night Thrasher
had been off the map due to death for a minute. Back now thanks to cosmic
machinations, Dwayne Taylor might be looking to get back down to Earth and back
to kicking in bad guy teeth.
Who better to take with you on a trip across America than a
guy who’s dedicated his life to wearing patriotic costumes and going by
patriotic names? And, he’s got all that prior team experience!
A martial arts master with an undeniable talent for
uncovering the truth, Wing offers these Avengers intelligence and physical
skill, neither of which they can survive for long without in the field.
While Red Wolf and Hawkeye have proven quite the duo
already, a country as large as the United States needs a bigger squad
to ferret out all its dark corners. With that in mind, writer David Walker has
always intended to slowly expand the OCCUPY AVENGERS ranks, beginning with
issue #2 on December 7.
While we begged, pleaded, and bargained, he refused to tell
us exactly who might be joining the roster. Walker did, however, agree to let us try to
“Clint is easy-going, but he has issues with clones, and
anyone who is fanatical about what they eat, so that might be a problem,” Walker points out. “Plus,
MVP is better looking than Clint, which would be tough on his ego.”
“Quite possibly the perfect person to team up with Hawkeye
to fight crime,” admits the writer. “The big question is this: could she put up
with her ex-husband?”
“Nothing short of a full and equal partnership in Heroes for
Hire with Luke Cage and Iron Fist will make this man happy,” asserts Walker. “Plus, Clint
would be totally jealous, because this guy is suave and swashbuckling. Clint
can barely swash and buckle at the same time.”
“With a name like that, who wouldn’t want her on their
enthuses. “Of course, she might be a little too peppy for a team of misfits
with as much existential baggage as Clint and the rest of the [team].”
Ok, here’s one more: he loves to stick up for the
disenfranchised and the ignored and that fits perfectly with Clint’s mission
“Let’s be honest, Shang Chi is too cool to be on anyone’s
team,” the writer acknowledges. “In a perfect world, everyone would be on his
“Hawkeye isn’t afraid of much—other than committed
relationships—but I suspect Night Thrasher might be a bit intense for him,”
“Hawkeye wouldn’t have to do much, just point at the bad guys and say, ‘Don’t
break too many bones.’”
“Hawkeye and this guy would get along for about five
minutes, and four of those minutes they would be faking it,” the writer jokes.
“She always seems to be pushed out of the spotlight by Misty
Knight, which is a shame, because she can issue a beat-down with the best of
them,” laments Walker.
“She would provide a strong moral compass to the team, which would probably
drive Clint insane.”
Travel the roads of America with OCCUPY AVENGERS #2 by
David Walker and Carlos Pacheco, coming December 7!