So this was pretty good. I picked this up on the recommendation of L at Do you Dog-Ear? and I'm glad I did. It was fun and colorful and just what I needed. I haven't been reading as many comics or graphic novels lately and have been looking to get back into them, so this was a breath of fresh air and a chance to start a new series. And this was a pretty good starting point.
Kate Bishop is Hawkeye- no not the Hawkeye from the movies, but the younger version, who's been sharing the spotlight with him lately- and she's moved to Los Angeles to find her dad. Or something. To be honest, I'm not entirely clear what's going on in her personal life, or why her dad is missing or not, but I can probably look it up and figure it out. The important thing is she's on the West Coast and doing some PI'ing. She opens up her private investigations business (although she can't afford the registration fee) and immediately starts getting mixed up in weird stuff. Her first case involves a girl who's being stalked, and when the girl disappears things get even weirder, with a mysterious cult soon coming to light.
After that she gets an assist from Jessica Jones in a missing persons case, a case that has some disturbing connections to her own mission to find her dad. Writer Kelly Thompson brings some sass and snark to the character, and I liked her. I know nothing about her history or background, other than Jessica Jones is a mentor of sorts, and she used to hang around with the other Hawkeye- Clint Barton. She has no powers, she's just good with a bow, like him. I don't really know there are two Hawkeyes, but I just went with it.
This is a pretty good comic, at least so far. I liked the setting, with the beachfront scenery and the chill vibe, and it's fun to see Kate trying to get her PI business off the ground. She makes some friends who turn out to be pretty helpful, and there's a lot of good humor as well. The only issue I really have (other than the lack of backstory) is the art . I like the cover- I think it's really effective- but the interior art leaves a lot to be desired. It's just not that good compared to a lot of comics. I kinda hate to nitpick the visuals but the characters look funny and fight scenes are all over the map. The scenery and framing shots aren't bad. I'd have to give it a C for the art and a B for story?