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Kate Bishop is out of Clint's shadow in new Hawkeye comic

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1
(Image credit: Phil Noto (Marvel Comics))

Kate Bishop is back in her own series ahead of her MCU debut in Disney Plus' Hawkeye, and she's heading back to her hometown of New York City.

In the upcoming limited series Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, writer Marieke Nijkamp and artist Enid Balám are ending her West Coast era despite "living her best Hawkeye life."

Jahnoy Lindsay has drawn the primary cover to Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1, and will be joined by variants from Phil Noto, Enid Balám, Todd Nauck (a 'Headshot' variant), and Skottie Young. Here are the ones released so far:

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Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 covers

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Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1

(Image credit: Phil Noto (Marvel Comics))

In an interview with Bustle, Nijkamp says Bishop is prompted to return to NYC after being invested to a "weird, murderous fancy resort [called Resert Chapiteau to] solve a mysterious jewel heist."

Kate Bishop was introduced in 2005's Young Avengers #1 as the daughter of a wealthy Manhattan family who endeavored to become a trained fighter after surviving a sexual assault. After seeing the Young Avengers in an early adventure, she ended up teaming with Cassie Lang to learn more about them - and eventually joined the team using purloined weaponry from Avengers mansion.

Bishop eventually gravitated to Hawkeye and his archery skills, and was given the name Hawkeye by Captain America due to Clint being dead at the time. Clint eventually came back to life, and endorsed her codename himself and they became a duo.

That team-up will be the center of the upcoming Disney Plus show Hawkeye, with Hailee Steinfeld as Kate and Jeremy Renner reprising his role as Clint.

Here are Enid Balám character sheets for Hawkeye: Kate Bishop:

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Hawkeye: Kate Bishop

(Image credit: Enid Balám (Marvel Comics))
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Hawkeye: Kate Bishop

(Image credit: Enid Balám (Marvel Comics))

"I love Kate. I love her snark," says Nijkamp. "I love the way she jumps first and asks questions later, but somehow still always finds a way out. What a time to be a Best Hawkeye fan!"

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 (of 5) goes on sale on November 17. The Hawkeye TV series debuts on November 24.

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Chris Arrant

Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table.