Well, just as Dark Knight was snubbed for Best Picture, Comics Make No Sense was snubbed by the 2009 Bloggies! On behalf of both of us, I'd like to say "Bite me!" The fans know who the real rockstars are.
It's only fitting that we begin a new era in American History by acknowledging the beginning of another era: The Era where Hawkeye Starts Wearing Pants Again.
Avengers v1 #109 brings us back to the original outfit:
Again, it's not the most iconic look I've ever seen, but at least it manages to incorporate... oh, I don't know.... pants.
But as awful as it was, it was always great for me to pick up an issue from the pantless Hawkeye era, because I knew I'd find something somewhere in those pages worth making a comment about. For that reason, I salute the pantless Hawkeye outfit, much like the Red Baron would salute downed enemy pilots as they fell:
Pantless Hawkeye. In triplicate. It gets no better. Can you believe I'm not getting nominated for any awards with this kind of material?
Hey, it's not like anyone forced you to wear the outfit, bub. Your original duds were sitting in your closet for dang near a year.
To tell the truth, this issue is particularly bad for plot alone, but this panel is the jewel in the crown:
Okay, let me get this straight: You didn't really love the Scarlet Witch. Well, good thing you didn't tell her you were in love with her and propose, eh? Wait... You did that very thing!
This, I suspect, is why Hawkeye can't "get it on," as he puts it. He does get bonus self-awareness points for acknowledging his main concern is "getting it on." I can't imagine why he doesn't ever have a relationship that works out for him.
Hail and farewell, Hawkeye's pantless costume. Let us bid you adieu with Fun with Out of Context Dialogue!(tm!)
Oh, Hawkeye. With pants or without, your horrible choice of words will bring me blog fodder for years to come. And for that, we all thank you.
See you Monday!