Thursday, December 15, 2016
Reader's Diary #1425- Chelsea Cain (writer), Kate Niemczyk (artist): Mockingbird 1 I Can Explain
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.