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Why Mockingbird is a Great Fit for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

palickiAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hit the gates last year full of momentum from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but perhaps too high on expectations. Inside of the shared universe, it faced stiff competition to meet the same level as the blockbuster movies while still maintaining the distinctly different world of television. In a certain sense, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. resembled something like an expansion draft for a professional sports team. There was the well-known though not as gifted veteran (Coulson) and a group of mostly unknowns. The story line was nothing special, especially in the televised world where we get movie-like experiences on a weekly basis from a number of television series (think Breaking Bad) and the production value while impressive from a television series, was still not what we expected coming from the Avengers or Iron Man. There were some notable guests stars, but to go back to the expansion team analogy, this is more akin to the new team advertising for other team’s stars rather that its own. With the news that Adrianne Palicki is joining the group (on a part-time basis for now) as the relatively well-known character Mockingbird, this signifies something else. To continue with the analogy, Palicki/Mockingbird is like the first signing of a major free agent.

There are two aspects to this signing, as it relates first to Palicki and then to Mockingbird. Palicki is well enough known to fans of television, though she has never really had a breakout role. Perhaps she is better known to comic fans as being the star of the never aired Wonder Woman series, which never got past a failed pilot. While comic fans can have a tendency to be overly picky in some regards, they also tend to stay loyal to actors and actresses who willingly portray themselves in roles that others might think to be too “geeky”.  In the realms of comics, sci-fi and fantasy, otherwise unknown names like Alan Tudyk or Summer Glau elicit at least recognition and more likely fandom (in this case because of their association with Firefly/Serenity). Palicki is likely not to that level of cult status, but she is well known due to Wonder Woman as well as appearances on Smallville and in G.I. Joe.

mockWhile this might perhaps bode well for her acceptance as an actress in the series, there is also the consideration of the character Mockingbird. One might be able to argue that Phil Coulson is kind of a member of the Avengers (at least as much as Jarvis is) but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to have been lacking a bit in superhero star power.  Mockingbird is by no means an A-list member of Marvel, but what she does bring is a degree of relevance and credibility which has been lacking in the series. She is after all the first real Avenger from the comics to make it into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a semi-regular.

This could mean more for the future of the Cinematic Universe as well. While it has not really been explored as of yet, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and other television series (such as the new Agent Carter series) have the potential to act as feeders for the films. One of the criticisms of the Avengers (and granted there were only a few) is that the team was primarily a boys’ club. It likely will be mostly for the second installment of the series as well, though with the addition of the Scarlet Witch to help balance things out a bit. With the upcoming Ant-Man film, it seems likely that the Wasp will also be joining the team. Might the same fate await Mockingbird? Unlike some actors or actresses that don’t tend to stray too far from either television or film, Palicki is at least somewhat of a crossover actress, having done both television and film to some degree. With the established credibility of Mockingbird as an Avengers character as well as eliminating the need for a background story (thanks to her appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), she might be a perfect fit for a third Avengers movie, taking the total of female characters to four (unless we see Carol Danvers or Jennifer Walters at some point), and it might be done through the subtle addition of the characters into the shared universe.

Doing so helps not only the films but the television shows.  At the moment Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems light years away from a film like Guardians of the Galaxy, but with a bridge between the two, it allows the films to bring the shows to their level.  It might give fans of the show some hope, as well as providing a jumping on point for the more casual fans of the movie, all by way of a B-list actress and a mostly forgotten character.

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Adrianne Palicki Joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

palickiIt’s being reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Adrianne Palicki, who rose to fame on Friday Night Lights, has been tapped to guest-star as superspy Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird on Marvel‘s television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She will debut in the fifth episode of the series.

The debut of Mockingbird was teased by Patton Oswalt at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Mockingbird is not only an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., but also an Avenger, so it’s a character that potentially bridges the television show and movies. She also for a time was married to Clint Barton aka Hawkeye played by Jeremy Renner in the movies.

Palicki is no stranger to shows based on comics. She was tapped to play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the David E. Kelly series that never made it past the pilot. She appeared on Smallville. In 2006 she was also in the Aquaman television movie (there was a television movie!?). She also has appeared in the second G.I. Joe movie, and listed for the third.

 

Catching Up on Reviews, Part 13 — New & Secret Avengers

New Avengers #9 (Marvel) – I’m a big fan of Brian Michael Bendis’s writing and it’s good in this issue although the historical “Avengers” tale going on here throws me a bit. I don’t fully get it. I’m not a huge fan of either Mike Deodata or HOward Chaykin’s art here, although none of it is bad. The shocking ending to the issue is well-done.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8

New Avengers #10 (Marvel) – I’m still not sure the Avengers 1959 story works very well and the main story is weaker than usual. This is the worst issue of the series to date, although that isn’t to say it’s a bad comic, just not as good as the rest.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

New Avengers #11 (Marvel) – More of the same here keeps the series in a holding pattern. The image of a superhero riding a whale is a bit jarring, in a bad way.

Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75

New Avengers #12 (Marvel) – The writing gets a bit better in this issue, but the art, if anything, is worse.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7.75

New Avengers #13 (Marvel) – This issue gets the series back to its higher quality level, with a focus on revenge for the attack on Mockingbird and some interesting foreshadowing about what might be coming down the road.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

New Avengers #14 (Marvel) – This Fear Itself tie-in is one of the best of the entire event. The focus is on the return of Mockingbird and it’s very well done, to the point of being one of her best appearances ever. It’s very much a Bendis comic book, in the best sense of that concept.

Story: 9.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.25

New Avengers #15 (Marvel) – Bendis does his best to write a good Fear Itself story featuring Squirrel Girl, but, in the end, it’s still a story featuring Squirrel Girl.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

New Avengers #16 (Marvel) – Bringing Daredevil fully into the Avengers fold through a well-told Fear Itself story is a good idea.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

New Avengers Annual #1 (Marvel) – This may be the most interesting thing ever done with the character of Wonder Man. Bendis takes a character that had long been a one-note thing and makes him one of the most interesting adversaries the Avengers have seen in a while. On top of that, he surrounds him with a cast of b-level characters that are all brought into the story in a great way. This is action-packed and looks great thanks to Gabriele Dell’otto

Story: 9.75 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.75

Secret Avengers #10 (Marvel) – Ed Brubaker tells a very action-oriented tale that gives a lot of time to Shang-Chi and shows that Steve Rogers is a master tactician.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Secret Avengers #11 (Marvel) – I’m not sure I like the revival of the John Steele character in modern times, but if it’s going to be done, this is about as good as it’s going to get.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Secret Avengers #12 (Marvel) – This series is consistently high quality and even when the premise is one that doesn’t grab me, it’s very well-executed. The art is starting to decline a bit, but I’m sure that’s temporary.

Story: 9 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.25

Secret Avengers #12.1 (Marvel) – This point one issue offers a lot of philosophical ideas related to the Avengers, the Secret Avengers, government informants, how to react to dangerous situations and more. It may be a bit heavy for a jump-on point, but it is a good issue for those who already have some knowledge of the Avengers.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Secret Avengers #13 (Marvel) – There are a few cheesy moments here, but this is really a tale of right and wrong, civil rights and the multiple approaches that can be taken to change the world.

Story: 9.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.25

Secret Avengers #14 (Marvel) – Nick Spencer uses this Fear Itself tie-in to explore what it means to be a soldier and a warrior and writes one of the more compelling elements of the entire crossover.

Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.25

Secret Avengers #15 (Marvel) – Secret Avengers seems to be the designated place in the Fear Itself event to discuss philosophical issues — this time it is with the responsibility of the media when it comes to dealing with big issues and people’s lives.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Secret Avengers #16 (Marvel) – Finally breaking free from Fear Itself, Warren Ellis comes on board to write a fun, action-packed tale that fits into the Heroic Age concept very well.

Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5

Around the Tubes – We’re Back!

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There’s so much news to catch up on while I was on my San Diego Comic-Con side journey.  Below you’ll find a lot of articles, some recent, some old, but throughout the day there’ll be posts of trailers and other news that deserve some more focus.  Enjoy!

Around the Blogs:

Salon – The politics of Captain America – An interesting article that’s worth the read.

Bleeding Cool – Ghost Projekt To Be Syfy TV Mini Series – We owe a review of the series, but I was a bit mixed on it.  It’ll be interesting to see what a tv series will be like.

Human Events – Captain America: ‘Nazi Basher’ Now, Why Not ‘Commie Smasher’ Next? – A very interesting article, but Cap in the movies wakes up in modern time, there’s no communists, so makes this difficult.

The Advertiser – N.Y. superhero tour geared to geeks among us – This could be cool.

ICv2 – SyFy Options ‘The Sixth Gun’ – A comic book series that’s grown on me, it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.

ICv2 – ‘Mockingbird’ Added to Marvel TV Roster – Is TV the new “movie” for comic books?

The New American – When Marvel Comics was Anti-Communist – See how stories flow around conservative blogs?

The Comics Journal – How Censorship Won: The Final Victory of the Comics Code – Some great history here.

Geekweek – Top Cow’s THE DARKNESS Headed To The Big Screen – There’s going to be a few Top Cow comics coming to the big screen.

ArtsBeat – Being Gay in Riverdale: Creator of ‘Archie’ Character Gives the Backstory – A article well worth the read.

Con Coverage:

Comicvine – SDCC 2011: Marvel Next Best Thing

Comicvine – SDCC 2011: Marvel: Year of the X-Men Panel Live Blog

Bleeding Cool – Court Papers Served On Shocker Toys At Their Own San Diego Comic Con Panel

Bleeding Cool – Rhys Ifans, The Lizard In The Amazing Spider-Man, Arrested At San Diego Comic Con And Cited For Misdemeanor Battery

Bleeding Cool – Boom! Panel Busts At San Diego Comic Con <- One of the funniest panels I’ve been to in a long time.

Comics Alliance – Marvel TV: ‘Hulk,’ ‘Alias’ and ‘Cloak and Dagger’ Comics To Be Adapted for Television with ABC

CBR – SDCC ’11 | A roundup of Saturday’s announcements

The Mary Sue – Images of Spidey Villain Revealed at SDCC, Look Like a Batman Villain (and Rhys Ifans Was Not Arrested)

CBS News – Comic-Con 2011 closes after 4 days of pop-culture fun

Bleeding Cool – Trending Topics Special: Who Won San Diego? The Top 50 Stories Of San Diego Comic Con

MTV Geek – SDCC 2011: The Legendary Comics Panel Recap

MTV Geek – SDCC 2011: Take A Look At DC’s Designs For The New 52!

Comicvine – The Biggest News from DC Comics at Comic-Con 2011

Comicvine – The Biggest News from Marvel Comics at Comic-Con 2011

Graphic Novel Reporter – Eisner Award Winners for 2011
Around the Tubes Review
Comicsgirl – Ivy

Preview – Your First Look At HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1

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Your First Look At HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1

Marvel is proud to present your first look at Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1, from the fan-favorite New Avengers: The Reunion creative team of Jim McCann and David Lopez. Hawkeye, the world’s greatest marksman is back—and reunited with the world’s most dangerous super-spy, Mockingbird—as two of the most popular Avengers launch an all-new ongoing series in the Heroic Age!

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 (APR100588)

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 DJURDJEVIC VARIANT (APR100589)

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 WOMEN OF MARVEL VARIANT (APR100502)

Written by JIM MCCANN

Penciled by DAVID LOPEZ

Cover by PAUL RENAUD

Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

Women of Marvel Variant Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC—5/13/10, On-Sale—6/3/10

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Get A Sneak-Peak At Hawkeye & Mockingbird On MDCU!

Official Press Release

Get A Sneak-Peak At Hawkeye & Mockingbird On MDCU!

This month, get an inside look at the upcoming Hawkeye & Mockingbird ongoing series Jim McCann and David Lopez (the fan favorite team behind New Avengers: The Reunion) with the Hawkeye & Mockingbird Sketchbook on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited! Recently reunited, Hawkeye & Mockingbird are out to deliver justice, couples style! After putting together a new WCA and setting out to take down all who threaten the freedom and the wellbeing of the innocent, Hawkeye & Mockingbird encounter Clint Barton’s arch-nemesis! If that wasn’t enough, the Phantom Rider is back and has the duo in her sights!

Packed to the brim with never-before-seen artwork and commentary from the creators, this sketchbook offers fans a taste of what’s to come before Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1 hits stores in June!

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 (APR100588)

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 VARIANT (APR100589)

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 WOMEN OF MARVEL VARIANT (APR100502)

Written by JIM MCCANN

Penciled by DAVID LOPEZ

Cover by PAUL RENAUD

Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

Women Of Marvel Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 5/13/10,   ON SALE – 6/03/10

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