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The Evolution of Kate Bishop (Hawkeye)

There have been three main renditions of Kate Bishop in the past year or two that have made a significant difference in how we perceive her as a character. The storyline of who she has become is one thing, but how her personality is perceived is another.

Adolescent Kate is what started it all when she made an appearance in the first Young Avengers by Allan Heinberg and drawn by Jim Cheung in 2005. In the previous comic mentioned, she looks entirely different than she is depicted now. But, Kate has grown from being a sidekick character in David Aja, Annie Wu, and Matt Fraction’s version of Hawkeye in 2012. To being her own character with her own personality (and older) in Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie in 2013. And, lastly, to being a grown up version of these two comics in the All-New Hawkeye series by Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez in 2015.

Throughout all of these comics, Kate Bishop has not only changed who she is and how she’s grown as a person; but, how she is drawn as well. She is drawn differently throughout these comics and it is interesting to see how differently that she is drawn. How artists are perceiving her and how she has altered through time is one way to think about it.

Kate Bishop is an underrated character in the Marvel universe, mostly because she is secondary to Clint Barton. She is essentially his sidekick, when most of the time, it seems like Cint is her sidekick. While she did start in the Young Avengers she has made quite the evolution since Jim Cheung has made her character into a character.