Review: Mockingbird #1

Mockingbird_1_CoverBobbi Morse. Codename: Mockingbird. S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most versatile, resourceful and in-demand agent. But a string of missions gone wrong point to something rotten going on in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s own medical and recovery network. The more she digs, the more widespread the conspiracy becomes. How deep does it go? Can she find the culprit before it’s too late?

Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird, gets her own series, which makes sense as she may be getting more of the spotlight in Marvel’s live action branch. The series is an interesting start in that it makes very little sense. But, it’s not supposed to as writer Chelsea Cain explains in the back. This isn’t a first issue to enjoy on its own, it’s a piece of the bigger puzzle, and there lies the problem, judging the issue on its own.

The issue picks up on Bobbi getting an infusion of the Infinity Formula from Nick Fury and the question of what else that injection might have given her.

The good of the comic is it has a fantastic sense of humor in not just the dialogue and other text that’s presented, but also visual jokes too courtesy of artist Kate Niemczyk. Each visit to the doctor brings new quick jokes that make you linger on a panel and think about the backstory as to what the hell is going on. Think of it as the scene on Beetlejuice where they’re in the waiting room surrounded by the other dead.

The story though, I’m not quite sure how I feel. It’s a slow start if anything, and not sure it’s one that has me super excited for the second issue, and I think part of that is the fact it’s Bobbi Morse at the center. She’s similar to Black Widow in her kick ass abilities and the super spy aspect and coming out a week after the amazing Black Widow #1 isn’t in this comic’s favor. I expected something more akin to that issue, but instead this feels like it has more in common with Patsy Walker and Squirrel Girl in its more lighthearted comedic tone.

As a first issue, this didn’t hook me in the way other comics have, but that doesn’t make it bad at all, it’s just a slower start. Cain admits this is just a small piece of the bigger picture, so I’m not expecting a full personal judgement until I’ve read the first arc, or at least a few more issues. If you’re willing to do that, then you might want to check this out.

Story: Chelsea Cain Art: Kate Niemczyk
Story: 6.8 Art: 7.2 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review