Maria Hill [on loudspeaker from the helicarrier]: Attention X-Men and assorted unknown mutants from this time or any other! This is S.H.I.E.L.D. Commander Maria Hill! You are trespassing on an American military base! Cease whatever the hell you are doing and put your hands or claws in the air!
If you do not stand down, we will be forced to intervene!
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent: Do you think they’ll stand down.
Maria Hill: Yeah, I’m sure in a few minutes we’ll all be laughing about this over milk and cookies. Prepare to launch tear gas.
Dazzler: Don’t wait. Launch it now. I don’t even know who half those X-Men are.
Maria Hill: It’s the ones I recognize that I’m most worried about. Is there any way to hail Wolverine? Maybe he’ll listen to reason.
God, when did Wolverine become the reasonable one? These X-Men get crazier every year.
Stand by to fire.
- From Wolverine and the X-Men vol. 1 #37 by Jason Aaron and Giuseppe Camuncoli. December 2013. Have I mentioned lately how much I love Maria Hill?
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent: Commander, we’ve got more trouble with the —
Maria Hill: If the words “X-Men” come out of your mouth, I am going to scream.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent: Satellites are detecting more time anomalies centred around the Jean Grey school.
Maria Hill: Does S.H.I.E.L.D. have its own time machine?
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent: Commander:
Maria Hill: DOES S.H.I.E.L.D. HAVE ITS OWN TIME MACHINE?
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent: Yes, I believe we have some in storage. Did you want me to —
Maria Hill: I want you to send someone back through time to murder whoever invented the time machines.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent: Are you… Are you being serious? Should I really…
Maria Hill: Agent Dazzler! You’re my mutant liaison for situations such as this. At what point do you plan on actually starting to liaise?
Alison: I have some ideas, but first you’re going to need —
Another S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent: Commander! The Cape Citadel Military Base is under attack. By the X-Men!
Maria Hill: You were saying, Agent Dazzler?
Alison: I was saying… you’re going to need more helicarriers.
- From Wolverine and the X-Men vol. 1 #37 by Jason Aaron and Giuseppe Camuncoli. December 2013.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Iliad. One month ago.
Daisy Johnson: With all due respect, Ministr, everyone wants a helicarrier deploymnet. But no one seems to want to pay for the — Of course, sir. I understand. Next Tuesday. I’m looking forward to seeing the sights in Sao Paolo. Yes, sir. You as well. Say hello to your wife for me, please.
Maria Hill: Dialing for dollars again?
Daisy Johnson: I’m supposed to be chasing death. Jumping off buildings. Sleeping with the enemy. This is not my beautiful house, Maria.
Maria Hill: Somebody’s gotta keep the lights on around here. Why do you think Steve Rogers couldn’t wait to ditch this job?
Daisy Johnson: I can’t even get half of these idiots to return my calls. Stuck in place until the confirmation hearings — not much of a welcome.
Maria Hill: Did you not get the chocolates I left for you? I put them right there on your desk —
Daisy Johnson: Please just tell me we’re being invaded by something cool.
Maria Hill: Afraid not. But we do need to discuss this —
Daisy Johnson: Yeah, I get that.
Maria Hill: You really don’t. You’ve been ducking me for weeks — We need to talk about the Avengers Initiative.
- From Secret Avengers vol. 2 #9 by Nick Spencer and Butch Guice. November 2013.
Daisy Johnson, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.: With all due respect, Minister, everyone wants a helicarrier deployment, but no one seems to want to pay for the — Of course, sir, I understand. Next Tuesday. I’m looking forward to seeing the sights in Sao Paolo. Yes, sir, you as well. Say hello to your wife for me, please. *sigh*
Maria Hill: Dialing for dollars again?
Daisy Johnson: I’m supposed to be chasing death, jumping off buildings, sleeping with the enemy. This is not my beautiful house, Maria.
Maria Hill: Someone’s gotta keep the lights on around here. Why do you think Steve Rogers couldn’t wait to ditch this job?
Daisy: I can’t even get half of these idiots to return my calls. Stuck in place until the confirmation hearings - not much of a welcome.
Maria: Did you not get the chocolates I left for you? I put them right there on your desk —
Daisy: Please just ell me we’re being invaded. Invaded by something cool.
Maria: Afraid not. But we do need to discuss this —
Daisy: Yeah, I get that….
Maria: You really don’t. You’ve been ducking me for weeks. We need to talk about the Avengers Initiative.
Maria Hill by Chris Samnee.
Francesco Francavilla’s variant cover for Secret Avengers vol. 2 #5. August 2013.
Maria Hill of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Alex Maleev.
Tony Stark/Iron Man [speaking to Maria Hill]: I didn’t know that.
- From New Avengers vol. 1 #4 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch. March 2005.
Maria Hill, Spider-Woman and the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier by Jim Cheung.
(If anyone can tell me what comic this is from, I’d appreciate it!)
S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, six miles above New York City:
Maria Hill: Fifteen, Sergeant. Fifteen super-criminals inside seventy-two hours. But the numbers don’t add up. There’s just no way Captain America could’ve taken down all these guys at once. It’s physically impossible.
- From Civil War vol. 1 #2 by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. June 2006.
This is why I like Magneto
Maria Hill: Magneto?
Magneto: Charles Xavier and i rarely saw eye-to-eye,but we shared a dream. And Scott Summers murdered Charles Xavier right in front of me… While, at the same time, he destroyed my powers, my mutant birthright… So I’m forced to live the rest of my life a pale reflection of my former self.
Scott Summers is not the face of the future. He is a murdering monster. You need to get Scott Summers to reveal himself to the world. You need him to self-destruct in public.
It won’t take much and it won’t take long, and I’m here to help you make this happen.
- From Uncanny X-Men vol. 3 #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo. Aoril 2013.
Doctor: Got yourself pretty banged up there, Mr. Barton… shattered pelvis… three broken ribs… sprained your neck, cracked your fibia… left clavicle, right ulna… and your spleen nearly ruptured.
Clint: Pssh. Thought you said I was hurt, doc… Paleolithic. I looked it up.
Clint: Feels like I got hit by a truck.
Maria Hill: Shot in the chest point blank. Vest or not, that’s gonna bruise.
Nick Fury: Cracked a few ribs. Bruised your liver.
Kate: You hit your head pretty hard, too.
Clint: But we won, right? Everything turned out okay?
A lot of the fun of Hawkeye is that it is a series told in short stories—one or two issues at a time, and you get a complete beginning-middle-end. However, that doesn’t mean that the different parts aren’t connected, even though they can stand on their own. Because issue five is the end of the first implied arc, this seems like as good a time as any to see what’s been building over the first few months of this book.
So here we have the first scene of the first issue, and the last scene of issue five. Clint’s been getting banged up since the book began—and long before that; his love affair with leg casts is well-documented—but that isn’t just to prove how human he is, how vulnerable. Really, all of Clint’s injuries, from the bandage across his nose in issue one to his bloody footprints in issue five, are showing us how far he is willing to go. He jumps off a building in issue one to make a shot—and we don’t even know what that shot was for. That’s not important. What is important is that Clint was willing to risk spraining his neck and breaking his leg to make it.
By issue five we’ve learned some things—there’s definitely a reason that the first hospital scene is Clint alone with an anonymous doctor, and the second is Clint aboard the hellicarrier surrounded by people who know him. We know the precise stakes of his injuries in the second scene—he was protecting other people, namely Kate and the unnamed Navy Seals.
There’s also a sense that Clint fumbles into his injuries, that perhaps he doesn’t have to get this beat up this often, but he does it anyway because he can’t do anything by halves. To come back to issue one’s refrain of “it’s not like I have superpowers,” these moments of vulnerability, of almost gleeful humanity, underscore that point and at the same time dismiss it. Yes, Clint doesn’t have superpowers. But he can get the hell beaten out of him on an almost daily basis and keep going, keep protecting who he needs to protect and doing what he needs to do.
From Hawkeye Volume 4 #01 (Matt Fraction & David Aja) and #05 (Matt Fraction & Javier Pulido) 2012
Clint: I dunno, I wanted to help. Just seemed like the right thing to do.
Kate: You’re okay, Barton. Anybody ever tell you that?
— From Hawkeye vol. 4 #5 by Matt Fraction, art by Javier Pulido. February 2013.
Clint Barton’s life choices, entirely summed up in two panels.
Bucky: …Please tell me I didn’t kill anyone…
Steve: Not for lack of trying. What the hell were you thinking, Buck?
Bucky: I don’t know… I was just… Desperate. He’s taken everything, Steve… I don’t know what to do… I don’t know how to save her.
— From Winter Soldier vol. 1 #13 by Ed Brubaker, art by Butch Guice
Maria: Hey, Mr. sunglasses at night.
Clint: Didn’t peg you as an 80’s music fan, Hill.
Maria: It’s the hair-cut. You got a call.
Clint: Put on speaker?
— From Hawkeye: Blindspot #1 by Jim McCann, art by Paco Diaz