I’ve always been a fan of Mockingbird. I think she’s gotten largely ignored in the over-all Marvel Universe. They seem to be fixing that now, with the debut of her solo title. This is set in the main Marvel continuity, after the desperate attempt to save Mockingbird’s life in New Avengers ended up with exposed to a combination of the Super-Soldier Serum that turned scrawny Steve Rogers into Captain America, and the Infinity Formula that’s kept World War II army sergeant Nick Fury young and on top of his game enough to be head of SHIELD decades later.
Mockingbird, Bobbi Morse, now has to check in regularly at the SHIELD clinic to make sure she’s not dying, mutating, or developing super powers. The book has been a really amusing combination of action and slightly off-kilter humor that I’ve been loving. The first issue was largely setting up her current circumstances, and showing what’s been going on behind the scenes.
The second issue shows Bobbi teamed with Hunter. Hunter is her ex-husband and love interest on the Agents of SHIELD tv show. Personally, I prefer Mockingbird with Hawkeye, but that’s me. Mockingbird and Hunter are infiltrating the Hellfire Club, and not much goes right or easily. The banter between the two of them is really entertaining, and the off-beat humor from the first issue continues. I’m really loving this series so far.
Plot: Both issues were great. I really enjoy this writer’s approach to the character and storytelling in general. I’m giving the plot a 4 out of 5.
Art: The art continues to impress me. I thought it was amusing that Mockingbird’s undercover outfit made her look a lot like Black Canary. The covers have been great, too. I’m giving the art a high 3.5 out of 5.
Positives: The humor and action are both done really well. I’m glad they’re not ignoring her previous exposure to the Super Soldier Serum/Infinity Formula combination. The little thing in the background, especially in the SHIELD clinic, are fantastic.
Negatives: I prefer Hawkeye to Hunter, as I said. I’m also hoping this doesn’t turn into another “SHIELD is bad” book, we’ve seen a lot of that lately, and are having it again now over in Black Widow.
These first two issues have been great reads and I’m looking forward to more. I’m going to be keeping my eye out for more from. Chelsea Cain
Mockingbird 1 & 2
Writer: Chelsea Cain
Artist: Kate Niemozyk
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Joelle Jones & Rachelle Rosenberg