This is the reunion I’ve wanted since they announced Mockingbird was getting her own book. I’m figuring it’s not a spoiler to say Hawkeye shows up since he’s on the cover. Their interaction is a blast to watch. Sadly, there’s no sign of them getting back together, but I didn’t really think that was going to happen. There are, however, some hysterical scenes of them in what appears to be a marriage counselor’s office.
Mockingbird is an incredibly skilled agent, tactician, and fighter, and she shows all of those off in this issue. There’s a lot of murkiness in what she’s up to here, why she does the things she does. But then, that’s the fitting for a spy and agent of SHIELD. I have to admit that, while I’ve been loving this series, this is possibly the least likable I’ve seen Bobbi in it. Then again, I’ve been a Hawkeye fan since long before Mockingbird showed up, so I may be biased by some of the things she does here.
Plot: It’s a very dark, twisty story that Miss Cain tells here. It’s well done, and vastly entertaining, although having read the issue a few times, I’m still not sure I got everything that happened. It was a lot of fun, and I’ll give the plot a 3.5 out of 5.
Art: The art is nice. Not gorgeous, but well done. Bobbi looks great. Clint varies a bit by panel, but he’s also in an outfit that’s just not going to look right all the time. I’ll give it a 3 out of 5.
Positives: Cain writes Mockingbird really well. The book is fun, entertaining, and shows how strong she is. I loved the flashbacks to when Clint and Bobbi were together.
Negatives: I don’t like a lot of what Bobbi did here. She’s being a bit both selfish and manipulative. But, as I said, I admit to some pro-Hawkeye bias. Bobbi’s mission was also a bit unclear, unless I’m being particularly dense.
I continue to enjoy this series, and Chelsea Cain is really impressing me a lot as a writer. I hope to see more from her, and I hope Bobbi’s adventures continue for a good long while.
Writer: Chelsea Cain
Artist: Kate Niemczyk, Sean Parsons
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Joelle Jones & Rachelle Rosenberg