Several months ago, I picked up Mockingbird 1. I’d never heard of the writer, Chelsea Cain, but I’ve been a Mockingbird fan since the first time I ran across her in the Hawkeye limited series. I’ve really enjoyed the combination of action, comedy, and what I guess you could call superhero satire. It’s been a really amusing spin on a character I’ve liked for a while now.
This issue continues the weird story of Bobbi on a cruise ship where not much is going right. In addition to a lot of random strangeness, Bobbi has discovered that she’s being stalked by the Phantom Rider, the former Old West hero that went insane and turned on her during a time travel adventure. How Bobbi dealt with him was a big part of what led to the breakup of Mockingbird and Hawkeye’s marriage. The Rider is also taunting her about the trial of Hawkeye, as part of the events of the current Civil War, which I believe is called Civil War Too Many (or should be).
Bobbi gets some really unusual help from her shipmates, including comedy musicians Paul and Storm (if you like Game of Thrones, you really need to check out their “Write Like The Wind” song). Phantom Rider is dealt with at least for now, and Bobbi gets a… unique ending with Hunter (the character’s love interest as seen on Agents of SHIELD) and Hawkeye (her ex in the comics). The bad news is that this is the last issue. I’m going to miss this book. It’s been a fun adventure without getting quite as goofy as DC’s Harley Quinn (although I like that one, too).
Plot: This was a fairly unique way to deal with a stalker/ghost. A lot of the previous silliness from the cruise all comes together nicely in this conclusion. I’ll give this a 3.5 out of 5.
Art: I liked the art. Phantom Rider looks eerie and very different from everyone else, as he should. Bobbi looked great, and the cover was really nicely done. I’ll give the art, too, a 3.5 out of 5.
Positives: Bobbi is smart, quick on her feet, and handles the Phantom Rider well. I like her way of dealing with all the chaos around her. They slip in some tie-ins to Civil War, which I don’t care about, but it’s well done. This was just a fun read, and I’m going to miss this title.
Negatives: Bobbi is a little too quick to dismiss the importance of Phantom Rider’s death on her marriage. I admit I always liked Hawkeye and Mockingbird together, and I kind of hoped they’d reconcile somewhere in here. And damn, last issue? Really?
Writer: Chelsea Cain
Artist: Kate Niemczyk
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Joelle Jones & Rachelle Rosenberg