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Published January 8, 2021

5 Times Kate Bishop Hit the Mark

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OUR KATE BISHOP READING GUIDE!

Kate Bishop: Young Avenger. West Coast Avenger. Private eye. Hawkeye. Since her debut in the pages of YOUNG AVENGERS (2005) #1, Kate’s rise as a Super Hero has hit all the right marks. Read some of her greatest moments below, and check out all of these runs in full on Marvel Unlimited!

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MAKING KANG CROSS (YOUNG AVENGERS #5)

Kate versus Kang.
YOUNG AVENGERS (2005) #5

In her first series (and first appearance of the Young Avengers), Kate Bishop and her newly-assembled team found themselves taking on the grown-up Avengers’ most persistent enemy: Kang the Conqueror.

Kate may have been a relative newbie to the Hawkeye game, but she handled herself like an absolute pro. Using all the mastery she had acquired from summer camp archery, Kate loosed an arrow, effectively disrupting the armor on the time travelling menaces’ super-suit.

Don’t worry, guys. She plays the cello.

Kate Bishop lets loose an arrow against Kang!

THE BOOMERANG BOUNCE BACK (HAWKEYE #3)

Hawkeye (2012) #3 featuring the Boomerang arrow trick.
HAWKEYE (2012) #3

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: Read this critically-acclaimed run in full. Creators Matt Fraction, David Aja, Matt Hollingsworth, and more delivered a pulpy street-level series that never failed to see Hawkeye: Clint Barton get his kicks in (and get copiously kicked).

Working closely with her mentor and partner, “Lady Hawkguy,” AKA Kate, learned all the tricks of the Hawkeye trade, even taking on her first Big Bad in Los Angeles by series end. And, in issue #3, Kate learned to never underestimate the trick arrow, an essential tool in the super-archer’s arsenal. This member of the “Tracksuit Mafia” never saw it coming.

Clint explaining trick arrows to Kate.

KATE GONE KREE (YOUNG AVENGERS #4)

Kate using a  Kree bow in YOUNG AVENGERS.
YOUNG AVENGERS (2013) #4

There are so many reasons to read YOUNG AVENGERS (2013): Stunning substance and style from dream team Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, teen soapiness, romance, a parasitic alien named “Mother,” a de-aged Kid Loki spreading mistruths at every turn…

But for Kate, this is the series where she added some Kree weaponry to her quiver. While facing Mother’s “parent parasites” in New York City’s Central Park, Kate had a blast using a “vintage” Kree Composite Soul Bow.

THE SINGLE-ARROW SMACKDOWN (HAWKEYE #1)

Kate cuts down crooks in styles from HAWKEYE (2016) #1.
HAWKEYE (2016) #1

The City of Angels got a new guardian in this splashy series by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, and Jordie Bellaire.

Armed with a bow, a single arrow, and a mean flying kick, Kate cut down two crooks in this double-page whammy from her first solo run. Following Clint Barton’s trial in CIVIL WAR II, Bishop went west to establish Hawkeye Investigations, her detective agency that dealt with superhuman and (human) mysteries. There are guest-stars galore in this great starter series, notably New York’s own Jessica Jones!

Venice Beach has never looked so cool.

Hawkeye takes on Venice Beach.
HAWKEYE (2016) #1

KATE VS. SANTA MONICA LAND SHARKS (WEST COAST AVENGERS #1)

Kate versus land sharks in WEST COAST AVENGERS (2018) #1.
WEST COAST AVENGERS (2018) #1

This entire 10-issue run reads as one big hit for Bishop. Continuing the “Best” Coast adventures of her detective-ing and super hero-ing, Bishop and a cast of disparate weirdos (and we do mean that in the best way), assembled against some of the strangest threats this side of the Pacific. The only catch? Their super-team was funded by a film crew, meaning every action, feeling, and open threat by Quentin Quire was documented for public view.

Quentin Quire doing what he does best.
WEST COAST AVENGERS #9

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop. Hawkeye: Clint Barton. A guy named Fuse. Never have they ever been called “the Big Three” of... anything. Yet here they were, reunited for, okay, only the second time ever. In the debut appearance of the West Coast Avengers, Kate showed she had the mettle of a leader when an invasion of terranean sharks destroyed the boardwalk in chaotic fashion. Don’t worry, Kate got it done.

Kate corralling some land sharks in WEST COAST AVENGERS #1.
WEST COAST AVENGERS (2018) #1

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