//I don’t have a working scanner, so I had to take pictures using my phone. But can we just…look at this and realize a few things?
1) Barney genuinely cares about his little brother and tries to look after him as best he can. Even teaches him how to defend himself.
2 a) Clint’s ears are wrapped in those early pages. Which leads me to believe that this is shortly after he loses his hearing as a kid.
2 b) Clint is completely silent through this whole flashback scene, except for that last panel’s “Good.” after learning their parents died.
3) Barney Futzing Barton slept in the same bed as his little brother, a protective hand resting on him, after teaching him how to defend himself!
They may have had their differences in the past, but Barney futzing loves Clint, and looks out for him as best he can, even if it doesn’t seem like it. He could have easily killed Clint in Blindspot, or not donated bone marrow to save Clint’s sight, but he did.
Growing up in the circus, Barney kept trying to get Clint to make something of himself. To pick up a book for a change and get a GED. To join the Army with him and get the hell out of the circus. But Clint, the stubborn jackass, is too blinded by the fact the circus is the closest thing to a family they’d ever known that he refuses (okay, yes, he does change his mind and go chasing after Barney but misses the bus by like a second and Barney never saw him and it drove off without him. And I openly weep while reading that scene every time).
So what I’m really trying to say here is, that Barney Barton is actually a damn great big brother, and if you wanna fight me about it, bring it. I will fight to the death defending him.