Thursday, December 15, 2016

Reader's Diary #1425- Chelsea Cain (writer), Kate Niemczyk (artist): Mockingbird 1 I Can Explain

Up until now I'd only known Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird, through the tv series Marvel's Agents of Shield. Sure she kicked butt and the love/hate chemistry between her and her ex, Lance Hunter, was entertaining, but still not the most memorable of characters. However, the idea of her headlining her own comic was intriguing.

Chelsea Cain's take on this character is, for those as similarly unschooled in Bobbi Morse as I was, surprising. First off, she's a lot more adult-oriented than Agents of Shield would lead you to believe. One story revolves around a bondage club. That said, it's still not graphic or anything, but more mature than I was expecting.

But she's also more 3-dimensional that I'd anticipated. She's definitely a confident fighter, but I quite enjoyed the glances into her past. As a child she desperately wanted to have super powers. As an adult, she has an on again off again relationship not only with Lance Hunter, but also with Hawkeye. Who knew? (Okay, many people besides me.)

The stories themselves are a bit disconnected. It begins with a story about how she may or may not have actually gotten superpowers but the follow up stories go off in all sort of tangents, none of which conclude the initial set up. These individual threads are all, fortunately interesting, action packed, and funny, but in a trade I'm used to have a 6 issue arc wrapped up. And, to be fair, Cain does acknowledge all of this in a final essay, promising that the story will start coming together in later issues.

Kate Niemczyk's characters are fine, if a bit generic, but they pop really well with colourist Rachelle Rosenberg's use of awesomely detailed patterns.


Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind said...

Huh. I forgot all about this character. what ever happened with her? Oh yeah, something about getting taken off the team because they got busted? I want to read this just to get to know her more.

sbulgin said...

I think I just may have to find myself a copy of this. Thanks for tip!