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Not the Best Way to Restart a Relationship

March 22, 2009

     With the return of Mockingbird at the end of Secret Invasion, Ronin’s life has been turned upside-down.  New Avengers: The Reunion explores their relationship as it stands now and exactly how Mockingbird feels having gone through replacement and whatever else the Skrulls subjected her to.  She’s basically got PTSD, and it’s affecting her in every way, shape, and form.  She’s gotten militant, and she refuses to ask for help from Clint or any of the New Avengers.  And Clint won’t let her keep going on with this.  There’s also a great scene between Clint and Bucky that shows just how much Bucky is Captain America now. 

     This series is, at its core, a character study of these two people as they are now, and it does that extremely well.  Jim McCann does a great job at getting into these characters’ heads and showing what makes them tick.  You can’t help but feel bad for Mockingbird and yet want desperately to stop her from being crazy.  Even more so, you can’t help but feel bad for Clint, who now sees the woman he once loved completely different from what she was before.  And not at all in a good way.  It makes me wonder if she will still be a part of the New Avengers by the end of the miniseries, if she’ll actually run off to go be crazy by herself, and Clint’s heart will be broken.  David López does a good job of rendering the action and the nuances of the characters’ expressions.  However, he occasionally draws Mockingbird with a bit of a wrinkly chin, and in one one-page spread, she looks a bit more muscular than most comics ever portray women.  The latter doesn’t bother me too much, but I don’t like that she looks old sometimes.  On the whole, this is a great miniseries.  As a fan of ol’ Hawkeye, I’m glad to see that he’s still got his place in the Marvel Universe.

Plot: 8.8      Art: 8.5      Dialogue: 9.0      Overall: 8.8

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