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Bad Surprises

July 14, 2010

Clint Barton and Bobbi Morse continue their foray into an ongoing series with Hawkeye and Mockingbird #2.  It starts out with a flashback, with Nick Fury and Mockingbird having a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent lie to her mom that she never came out of a coma.  In the present day, Clint brings her mom to meet her for dinner.  Naturally, he doesn’t know that Bobbi had done this on purpose.  When her mom hears that Bobbi told Clint that she was dead, she slaps Bobbi.  She sits down, crying and confused, and Bobbi storms out of the restaurant, telling Clint that he shouldn’t have done this.  Elsewhere, Crossfire and the new Phantom Rider brood.  The new Phantom Rider explains that she is the bringer of vengeance, and Crossfire realizes that it’s Lincoln Slade possessing Jaime Slade.  As they locate Hawkeye, Mockingbird beats up some thugs to work off some steam.  Dominic Fortune shoots a robot she doesn’t see, then tries to hit on her, unsuccessfully.  The thugs were possibly working for Crossfire, and they investigate the warehouse that they were guarding.  Mockingbird almost falls over when the Phantom Rider does something to her, but she’s okay.  Then, the robot gets back up and follows them.  As Hawkeye talks with Twitch about the mess-up, London informs them that she’s found out that Crossfire is targeting Bobbi.  Mockingbird gets a call from her mom, who starts to apologize, but Hawkeye has Twitch hack Bobbi’s cell phone to warn her.  However, although the Phantom Rider is watching Mockingbird, Crossfire’s true target was another Morse: her mom.

Well, there was some more great story stuff in this issue.  All of the stuff with Mockingbird and her family really fleshes out as a character.  I can’t say I know much about her character-wise, since I’ve only seen her since she came back at the end of Secret Invasion.  This characterization may be contrary to her previous actions, but it reflects the stresses she’s undergone, and it makes her more interesting.  Crossfire and the Phantom Rider are also interesting foils for Hawkeye and Mockingbird.  I actually didn’t think of that when I was reading it, and I didn’t realize that until I read another review, but they really are their foils.  Also interesting that the Phantom Rider is some sort of amalgamation of Jaime and Lincoln Slade, and that he basically dismisses Hamilton Slade.  David Lopez’s art is still great, and it definitely fits this title.  He’s really grown into these characters with his work on them.  And I’m glad to see that this series still has that character-driven focus that came with New Avengers: The Reunion.  That’s what made that initial miniseries great, and fortunately, Lopez is also good at instilling a lot of emotion in these characters’ faces, which makes all the talking more believable.  Unfortunately, Jim McCann just seems to be missing something in his writing.  Don’t get me wrong.  The story is solid in every way, and it’s all quite fun to read.  But it’s just a few steps down from the books I like the most, like there’s just something that McCann hasn’t quite clicked with with there characters, like he’s not quite scratching that itch that better books scratch.  I’m hoping that McCann gets that special exciting something as he works more on this book, but if we’re really unlucky, it’ll get canceled before then.  I’d really like to see Hawkeye not have another failed ongoing, thank you very much.

Plot: 8.4      Art: 8.9      Dialogue: 8.9      Overall: 8.2

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