By Jim McCann (writer), David Lopez (artist), Alvaro Lopez (inker), Nathan Fairbairn (colorist)

The Story: On the road to reconciliation and renewing their relationship, Hawkeye and Mockingbird take time to bust up an arms deal while charting their own course in this new Heroic Age.

The Good: Diehard fans of the Hawkeye/Mockingbird duo will undoubtedly love the existence of this book, and I can’t blame them. There has always been a certain undeniable, geeky fondness for this dynamic duo over the years, and Hawkeye and Mockingbird have gone on to garner much well-deserved admiration from fans and creators. To be honest, I like having them back in the Marvel Universe, and I think their presence adds immense credibility to this notion of a Heroic Age.

What really drew me to this issue was the ridiculously attractive art from Team Lopez. David’s pencils and Alvaro’s inks are sleek and engaging, and they are clearly talented at choreographing some sweet-ass action sequences. The opening chase scene through the streets of New York was every bit as intense as a summer blockbuster movie, and I mean that in the best way possible. These guys are good, damn good, and I honestly think they can take this comic to heights of Greatness.

The Not So Good: I’ve more or less come to expect a certain degree of mediocrity from these Heroic Age relaunches, as creators need to re-establish the status quo and devote an issue to reminding us who their respective characters are and what their Mission is. And to be fair, that is certainly present here in this issue. But there is something too, something slightly more annoying. McCann’s script draws heavily on the extensive continuity of these characters, but slightly to a fault. Crossfire? The Phantom fucking Rider!? Come on. Hawkeye and Mockingbird have battled their ways through death, an alien invasion, and the dark reign of an utter fucking psychopath to find their way into each others arms and the best McCann can give us are some D class antagonists?

I felt like McCann had too much to say about the continuity that he grew up on and contributed nothing to the continuity that new readers are growing up on. This is the perfect point for him to leave his mark on these characters and say something Original about them, but his script reeked of a zealous adherence to things that came before and a reluctance to chart his own course. It literally reads like a guy who’s been jonesing to write comics about Hawkeye and Mockingbird since he was a teenager and has finally been given the chance to do so even though he’s got nothing authentic to say about either of them. Which isn’t to say he doesn’t, but after reading this issue I doubted whether or not I wanted to continue with it, which is a huge shame considering how much I love these characters! Given everything that Hawkeye and Mockingbird have been through recently, is it too much to ask for stories that deal more with their recent history than things that occurred years ago that no one gives a shit about? I want to see McCann chart a clear and engaging direction for this book, otherwise I really won’t see a reason to continue buying it.

Conclusion: I love Hawkeye. I love Mockingbird. You’d think I’d love seeing the both of them in their own comic, but wow did McCann take a great idea and do absolutely little with it. He wrote this like a 15 year-old fanboy giddy at the thought of taking on characters he grew up reading, but neglected to say anything about them that hasn’t already been said many other times by many other writers. After reading this, I’m less inclined to buy the second issue, and will probably wait for the graphic novel to see if he can salvage this book. Frankly, I was a bit disappointed.

Grade: C-

-Tony Rakittke

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  • Veronica Dial


    I felt like McCann had too much to say about the continuity that he grew up on and contributed nothing to the continuity that new readers are growing up on. This is the perfect point for him to leave his mark on these characters and say something Original about them, but his script reeked of a zealous adherence to things that came before and a reluctance to chart his own course. ‘

    This is a silly statement.

    First of all given that it is the first issue it makes sense for the author to touch on parts of their past. Second of all I don’t know where you are getting the notion that the author is not using something original from.

    The whole start up of the WCA (you did read New Avengers: Reunion right)by Bobbi, is something completely new and created by McCann.

    Next time you might want to do some research before making silly acusations.

    • Hey Veronica,

      I did read ‘Reunion’ and loved it, but that’s very convenient of you to assume otherwise.

      Were you really that impressed by WCA (aka West Coast Avengers?) Were you really impressed by how they botched the arms deal mission and didn’t provide Mockingbird and Hawkeye with the intel they needed? I dunno, if you were that’s fine, but I didn’t find McCann’s playful reinterpretation of the West Coast Avengers to be nearly as original as you did.

      I noticed you deliberately avoided talking about this issue specifically, and that makes me wonder why, although from the looks of it you seem to have been more impressed with ‘Reunion’.

      And honestly, I reject your notion that an author is somehow obligated to touch on the continuity of his characters. Do you care about continuity so much that you needed to know that Phantom Rider raped Mockingbird? Does having that little bit of continuity under your belt make this issue that much more interesting? Again, if does, more power to you; I’m glad you’ve found such an exciting story.

      Me, I could care less about continuity, and I guess that’s where our differences lie here. I would argue that this still could have been a great issue even if all we knew about them was that they were once married, she had supposedly died, and they were reconciling their marriage.

      It was an average issue. Not bad, but it could have been better, and there’s still a chance he can make this initial story arc great.

      But that’s just my opinion, which still isn’t nearly as ridiculous as you accusing me (and yes, there’s a difference between that and expressing an opinion, come back when you figure it out) of not having done research to review a comic. Are you kidding me!? If I need to research a COMIC BOOK in order to appreciate it, the writer hasn’t done his fucking job; we should be able to pick up ANY comic and understand what happened before and what’s happening now. Any writer who can’t achieve that very simply goal is not worth spending my time and money on.

      But again, if that’s your thing, enjoy! To each his own, right?

      • Dee

        I think if I never heard about MOckingbird being raped again, it’d be too soon. I wasn’t pleased when it happened, and to mention it is like throwing in the ‘oh look tragic female backstory’ tag and for no real purpose other than to make Mockingbird seem deeper, and frankly, she’s deep enough already.

  • Prickle

    I love angry tonyrak. He will tolerate no wasting of four dollars.

    • HA! Awesome.

      Prickle, I will gladly abuse my wallet so you don’t have to.

  • paladinking

    Glad I didn’t pick this up. Like you, I love Hawkeye and Mockingbird, but I was scared of this happening, more the mediocrity than anything else.

    -Alex