Johnathan Hickman uses the mini series to not only set up future story lines, but as a way to show how much the title carrier is Nick Fury’s operative of choice, recounting their first meeting.
Hawkeye is sent into the war-torn South Eastern Asian Republic, only to find out that the country has released a biological weapon to exterminate the world’s mutant population.The SEAR also developed a serum to create their own army of meta humans allowing them to have the upper hand in future military conflicts.
Unfortunately for them, these lab-created meta-humans have revolted, lead by the Ultimate versions of Xorn and Zorn (who respectively lead their own groups called the Celestials and Eternals). It’s up to Hawkeye to get the serum that created Xorn, Zorn and company before they get out of control.
There was just something about this story that was off. I thought it would be more of a black ops type story, but it veered too into the Xorn/Zorn/Celestials/Eternals. It wasn’t that it was poorly executed, it really wasn’t what I was expecting.
On the other hand, Rafa Sandoval’s art was great. I’ve never read anything that he was on, and I must say I was impressed.