Marvel Launching New 'Hawkeye' Comic Book Series in January

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Clint Barton is taking back the title of the publisher's primary archer.

Ahead of the Jeremy Renner series on Disney+ next year, Marvel Entertainment is bringing Hawkeye back to comic books in January — and, in the process, restoring Clint Barton to the title role once again.

The newly announced miniseries Hawkeye: Freefall, by Matthew Rosenberg (Uncanny X-Men, The Punisher) and Otto Schmidt (DC’s Green Arrow), centers around Barton having to deal with someone resurrecting his former costumed identity Ronin, while magical supervillain the Hood causes him some problems at the same time, according to the publisher.

More surprisingly, it sees Barton placed back in the spotlight as Marvel’s primary Hawkeye for the first time in four years, at the same time as Kate Bishop — the character who’s been using the name in 2016’s Hawkeye comic book series and the follow-up West Coast Avengers series, which ended earlier this year — is preparing for her own Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the aforementioned Disney+ series.

In Marvel’s comic book canon, she and Barton have been sharing the Hawkeye identity for a number of years (the two co-headlined the previous two Hawkeye series before the 2016 launch), with Barton being increasingly pushed toward a background role before this point.

Hawkeye: Freefall is just one of a raft of new comic book launches for Marvel in January 2020, alongside new series for Thor, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Iron Man, all announced at New York Comic Con earlier this month, and Avengers/Defenders: Tarot, a flashback series teaming the two classic teams against, in Marvel’s words, “a labyrinth of pain, destruction and madness courtesy of the Infernal Ichor of Ish’lzog.”

More information about Marvel’s January launches can be found here.