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Date Before Getting Married

June 24, 2009

     In the final issue of New Avengers: The Reunion, Mockingbird faces off against A.I.M. head scientist, Monica Rappaccini.  Monica sees in Mockingbird a kindred spirit and invited her mentor to Spain only for the purpose of attracting her attention.  Mockingbird, however, would rather not join A.I.M., and beats up Rappaccini.  In the end, she and Ronin, who is not at all dead, manage to defeat a whole mob of A.I.M. flunkies in a rather bad-ass way and create a heterodiamond in order to stop the bomb threat.  Clint gets to show off his smarts in this scene, demonstrating that he learned a lot as an Avenger.  In the end, the two acknowledge their mutual attraction and decide to date, something they didn’t do before.  They end the miniseries both as members of Mockingbird’s W.C.A., or World Counterterrorism Agency, heading off on another mission.

     I have to say, I loved this miniseries.  As I said before, it was a character study.  There are people complaining about the ineffectualness of the A.I.M. forces and their silly little plot.  But that was nothing more than a vehicle for exploring Mockingbird’s time stuck on the Skrull planet and her relationship with Clint.  That’s all.  Expecting anything more from this story is rather silly.  But, comic book nerds want their action and plotlines, and character development is often second to that.  Quite a pity.  At any rate, Jim McCann did a great job here.  He’s definitely a rising comic book writer, and I’d like to see him do more work.  I’d also like to note that David Lopez is a great acquisition for Marvel Comics, and I hope to see him do more work as well.  They both did a superb job with these two characters, bringing them and their relationship into the modern age.  Let’s just hope it sticks.  After all, comic book romances are almost as short-lived as celebrity romances.

Plot: 8.8      Art: 8.8      Dialogue: 8.8      Overall: 8.8

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