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Severe Trauma

June 6, 2009

     At long last, the pages of New Avengers: The Reunion have shown us just what Mockingbird endured after she was captured and replaced by a Skrull during the years of the West Coast Avengers.  She and Ronin head to Spain to try and find all the missing scientists that seem to be connected to A.I.M., and they are forced to dress up and pretend to be scientists themselves.  It’s all very secret agent-y, and it really fits the two characters.  In the midst of their investigation, in between arguing about the divorce and similar things, Mockingbird blacks out and starts to recall her time with the Skrulls.  She was manipulated by Skrulls pretending to be Hawkeye and Tigra, and once she realized, she fled and hid on the planet.  She even impersonated a Skrull who was impersonating her in order to learn more about her opponents.  Once she wakes back up, she and Ronin are caught in an explosion, and the mastermind behind everything, Monica Rappaccini, shows herself.

     As I’ve said before, the A.I.M./bomb plot is entirely inconsequential.  This story is entirely about Mockingbird, Ronin, and their relationship in the past, present, and future.  Jim McCann does a great job both with the awkwardness of their relationship and with portraying the degree to which Mockingbird was traumatized by her abduction.  Now, the long flashback sequence with the Skrulls was a tiny bit heavy-handed.  It could have been split up into little vignettes interspersed throughout the whole issue.  Nonetheless, it did its job.  David Lopez also continued to prove his artistic skill as a highly consistent, if not top-tier talent.  I have no idea what the future of these two former lovers is.  If they should split up, I have no idea how they could be in the New Avengers together.  I remember being mad when I first found out that Mockingbird was going to come back to life.  However, what I dislike is when people bring back characters simply for the sake of bringing characters back, without any great master plan/story behind it.  Clearly, somebody had a good idea here, and Jim McCann is using it to its fullest advantage.

Plot: 8.7      Art: 8.5      Dialogue: 8.9      Overall: 8.7

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