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civil_war_ii__6-8It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d folks enjoy? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Women Write About Comics – Ask Them About Their Feminist Agenda: Marvel & Mockingbird – Go and read this.

CBC – Fredericton’s battle against comic books on display at UNB – Interesting.

ICv2 – ‘The Walking Dead’ Season Premiere Draws Huge Ratings – That’s good to see. Now, lets see how episode two does.

Kotaku – Tokyo Comic-Con Bans Men From Cosplaying As Women Characters – Ummm….

ICv2 – Wizard World Cuts Back on Shows Again in 2017 – Hrm. That’s not good.

 

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Newsarama – Civil War II #6

Newsarama – Deathstroke #5

Newsarama – Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #1

Newsarama – Teen Titans #1

Comic Vine – The Vision #12

Newsarama – The Vision #12

Mockingbird is There for Us: Who Will Be there for Her Writer? (UPDATED)

Last week saw the final issue of Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk’s run on Mockingbird. The series combined a well-crafted mystery, super science, attractive men and women flirting, actual humor that you will actually laugh at, mer-corgis, a geek cruise, much #Adulting, the best use of The Hellfire Club since it’s inception and the most relatable adult woman hero in Marvel Comics.

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The creative team used the comics medium to its best advantage telling a story that gets even better with multiple readings due to creative page layouts, a puzzle-box story structure and rich visual humor with a Where’s Waldo level of “spot this hidden joke” detail. They draw women and men in clothes that actual women and men wear. Characters are sexy and not objectified. There are paperdolls and a yoga guide in the back.

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If you are a grown-up-woman reading superhero comics this needs to be at the top of your list.

And Mockingbird is also explicitly feminist.

Because that’s what Mockingbird, scientist and SHIELD agent would OBVIOUSLY be. That’s also why fake fanboys are harassing writer Chelsea Cain.

How dare women, feminists no less, get a say in how one of our superheroes are portrayed?

This entire Mockingbird series has always been explicitly feminist– practically every issue addresses sexism in some way and every issue features Bobbi standing up for women and girls. But I guess the troglodytes didn’t notice that until the cover of issue 8 came out with Mockingbird wearing an “Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda” T-shirt (which had been solicited and shown off since July). Possibly because the bros are bad at context clues. But also because they don’t even read this comic.

mockingbird-8-coverThese “Antisocial Injustice Necromancers” as Sergio Alexis named them, are using the fact that the series has been canceled to claim that there is no audience for feminist superhero comics. Also, that feminism is bad. And they are straight up harassing Chelsea Cain on Twitter. [Note: Cain has officially deleted her Twitter account].

Not only has their always been an audience for superhero feminist comics but that audience is growing and that is scaring the men who’d like to keep comics insular, pale, male and stale.

The fact that Marvel planned to cancel the series before even seeing how well it would sell in a compiled edition, (a trade paperback) also shows a possible misunderstanding of the market. People are reading comics in trade paperback form in greater numbers and entire segments wait for trade release. When you have a comic that’s really going to be a favorite with adult women you know there’s a good chance it’s going to sell best at bookstores.

We’ve seen this all before: last year DC Comics canceled Midnighter, a series starring a gay superhero written by a bisexual author. It’s been widely speculated that the series was canceled due to sales on single monthly issues which could only be bought at comics shops. And then when sales of the trade paperback were strong because more of the people looking for an LGBTQ superhero book read trade paperbacks, DC brought back the series. They even hired the writer, Steve Orlando to write even more DC comics, including the super high-profile Justice League of America series.

Mockingbird, Midnighter, Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Nitehawk, Silk and Luke Cage and Iron Fist are the future of superhero comics. They are embraced by an underserved audience who thought mainstream superhero comic books weren’t for them until more were made with them specifically in mind. The new line of superheroes from Lion Forge Comics sounds a lot like the future too.

In fact, socially relevant superheroes are also at the core of superhero comics’ legacy. Jack Kirby, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, William Moulton Marston, Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne where all Social Justice Warriors in their day. Doubt me? The feminism of Kirby’s work can best be seen in the blog Kirby without words. Or read “A People’s History of the Marvel Universe.”

Sexists who are complaining about comics being feminist don’t even know the history of comics. The sad truth though is that there are currently plenty of regressive comics that are made just for them. So even if they don’t want to acknowledge the true power of the medium they still have plenty of sexist, racist, homophobic dreck they can pick up at their local store.

What’s next for the hit novelist Chelsea Cain? When she was on our podcast this summer she said she wanted to write Sue Storm. And lord knows we need a strong woman writer crafting stories about superhero comics #1 mom.

But being subject to online harassment is a harrowing experience and Cain is considering leaving comics. How can we expect talented people to continue working in this environment? Twitter needs to step up. But so do publishers and her peers.

Chelsea Cain herself has tweeted that Marvel didn’t give her any advice on how to respond to online harassment. Publishers need to do more to protect their talent from harassers and arm them with real world steps in how to deal with them.

This can mean stepping in in online conversations to explain why harassment is out of bounds. It can mean using their corporate power to get harassers banned from Twitter.

It can also mean actually supporting excellent work from diverse voices even if it takes a little longer to become a hit and let people who do want to support diverse media know where to find it.

It can also mean telling employees to stop harassing fans online. It can also mean publishers not bragging about being against social justice.

Every single person in comics who circled their wagons to “defend” the creators of sexist and racist comics covers last week need to step up and defend Chelsea Cain from harassers. Harassers may actually listen to them.

The fact that Chelsea Cain was compelled to delete her Twitter account is loss to her and to readers. Twitter has become a major platform for promoting comics and other writing. Cain is a professional writer. Deleting her Twitter account hampers her ability to speak to fans and find new ones.

But she had to delete her’s anyway.  This is a position that no-one should have to be in. But it will keep happening and it will keep hurting the industry’s future if publishers choose to ignore it.

Comics industry legend Gail Simone, who herself has been subject to online harassment, even listed ways that the industry can do more to end harassment and has spoken about talent that the industry lost due to it. The entire industry needs to take this on including corporate leadership.

I want to help Chelsea Cain right now. I want you to buy Mockingbird right now because it will brighten your day as it brightened mine for eight fabulous issues. But we also need to recognize what is happening is part of a bigger systemic problem.

If you yourself want to take action today please tweet with the hashtag #StandWithChelseaCain, if you aren’t boycotting Marvel pick up Mockingbird so it can be a hit, buy her best selling thrillers directly from her, and no matter what, actually write to publishers asking them what they are doing to stop harassment inside their own offices as well as from fans online.

Listen to Chelsea Cain Talk Mockingbird with Graphic Policy Radio on Demand

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This Monday writer Chelsea Cain joined Graphic Policy Radio to talk about her hit Marvel series Mockingbird! We talked to Cain about the action-packed first solo series for the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Bobbi Morse.

Chelsea Cain is a novelist who moonlights as a comic book writer.  She writes the series, MOCKINGBIRD, for Marvel.  She is the author of The New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thriller series (HEARTSICK, SWEETHEART, EVIL AT HEART, THE NIGHT SEASON, KILL YOU TWICE, and LET ME GO), as well as ONE KICK, starring Kick Lannigan.  Her Portland-based thrillers, described by The New York Times as “steamy and perverse,” have been published in over 30 languages, recommended on “The Today Show,” and appeared in episodes of HBO’s “True Blood” and ABC’s “Castle.” Both of Cain’s thriller series are in development as TV shows.  Stephen King included two of her books in his top ten favorite books of the year, and NPR named HEARTSICK one of the best 100 thrillers ever written.  According to Booklist, “Popular entertainment just doesn’t get much better than this.”  Cain has also written a Jessica Jones story for CIVIL WAR: CHOOSING SIDES, and a story for the HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL.

Chelsea Cain Talks Mockingbird with Graphic Policy Radio, LIVE this Monday

mockingbird-1-1-600x911This Monday writer Chelsea Cain joins Graphic Policy Radio to talk about her hit Marvel series Mockingbird! We talk to Cain about the action-packed first solo series for the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Bobbi Morse.

The show airs at a special time this Monday at 9pm!

Chelsea Cain is a novelist who moonlights as a comic book writer.  She writes the series, MOCKINGBIRD, for Marvel.  She is the author of The New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thriller series (HEARTSICK, SWEETHEART, EVIL AT HEART, THE NIGHT SEASON, KILL YOU TWICE, and LET ME GO), as well as ONE KICK, starring Kick Lannigan.  Her Portland-based thrillers, described by The New York Times as “steamy and perverse,” have been published in over 30 languages, recommended on “The Today Show,” and appeared in episodes of HBO’s “True Blood” and ABC’s “Castle.” Both of Cain’s thriller series are in development as TV shows.  Stephen King included two of her books in his top ten favorite books of the year, and NPR named HEARTSICK one of the best 100 thrillers ever written.  According to Booklist, “Popular entertainment just doesn’t get much better than this.”  Cain has also written a Jessica Jones story for CIVIL WAR: CHOOSING SIDES, and a story for the HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL.

We want to hear your questions! Tweet us to them @graphicpolicy.

Listen to the show live this Monday.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

4 KIDS WALK #2 9Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 (Marvel Comics) – With all the controversy over the ending of issue one, how could it be anything but? Is Cap really a HYDRA agent? Or is there something much larger at play? I love anything that gets us fans talking and draws attention to our joy. So depending on how this is written it could be a good thing. I remember when Brubaker brought Bucky back as the Winter Soldier and now, he’s absolutely beloved. I refuse to believe this is our Steve but I am looking forward to finding out more.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race # 5 (DC Comics) – Well this comic and I are completely love hate. I hate that it’s always late, but I love the train wreck that unfolds in the pages. I’ve long decided that Miller’s master work is the Dark Knight Returns and he will never top it. These attempts at trying just get even more ridiculous. As a die hard Superman fan, it’s a macabre curiousity at seeing what ol’ Frank is going to do to tear down the Superman legacy even more every time he touches the character since it highlights how out of touch he is. Plus I love cranky Bruce Wayne and Carrie Kelly. After this Frank needs to stay the Hell away from DC Heroes. He just can’t write them, and obviously Azzarello is taking his cues from Miller. If not, it’s a bigger cluster than when Singer made Superman Returns to honor Richard Donner. I know it’s awful but it’s almost satirically bad that I can’t wait to see it even worse. Remember folks, Jersey Shore was popular for a spell there too. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the insanity.

Cryptocracy #1 (Dark Horse) – What’s this? A non DC or Marvel book on my list? That’s right true readers. This one caught my eye. Nine clandestine families that secretly control and manipulate reality? Hmmmm sounds interesting and I’m getting in on the ground floor. Seems cool enough to give it a shot, but I am not expecting anything world bending here.

 

Alex

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The first issue was a brilliant start to a crime caper about four kids walking into a bank. A charmingly intelligent comic that deserves your attention, the first issue was amazing, and if you can find it you should snap it up. I’ve been waiting for the second issue for awhile, and I am so excited for this.

Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters Of Midtown #2 (Dark Horse) – Lobster Johnson is one of those characters that evokes the feel of the pulp heroes from the late 30’s, which is already something I’m a fan of, and then when you add in the fantastic period art work and the steampunkish element of the Metal Monsters and you have a miniseries that is right up my alley.

Will Eisner’s The Spirit #12 (Dynamite Entertainment) – This has been one of the most entertaining series of the last year, hands down. Every week this comic comes out is a good week.

X-O Manowar #47 (Valiant Entertainment) – Pound for pound, Valiant have the best superhero universe out there, but when the premier title in the Valiant universe is coming to a close with an explosive story… I can’t wait to see where this is going. Plus, there’s a bonus print with the physical comic, so that’s also cool.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – Matthew Rosenberg already knocked it out of the park with We Can Never Go Home and returns with another series for Black Mask Studios with Tyler Boss’s imaginative and playful artwork. The first issue was an amalgamation of so many awesome things (with an array of wonderful movie poster-inspired variants) and proved to be one of the most endearing reads of the year so far. This is a must buy.

East of West #27 (Image Comics) – Jonathan Hickman is a long form, comic book version of a mad scientist. His titles are consistently well crafted and can take their time to manifest, but when they do bloom, it is certainly worth the wait. East of West is Hickman at his best with the striking visuals of Nick Dragotta to put to life this futuristic American backdrop. Things have been really heating up as tensions continue to rise between the numerous factions.

Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2 #1 (Image Comics) – Mark Millar and Frank Quitely return to Jupiter’s Legacy! Millar has done a pretty solid job at deconstructing the superhero genre with recent titles like Huck, Jupiter’s Circle and the first volume of Jupiter’s Legacy so it will be interesting to see the direction that the creative team will be taking in this sequel series. Frank Quitely’s art will surely be worth the price of admission alone.

Bloodshot Reborn #14 (Valiant Entertainment) – Jeff Lemire has continued to present a more nuanced, emotional and humanized tale of Bloodshot that proves the character is more than just a government controlled killing machine. The new arc entitled ‘Bloodshot Island’ sounds like a Doctor Moreau-esque storyline that will feature Mico Suayan’s incredibly detailed line work and Valiant’s reliable colourist David Baron.

Jade Street Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – If Black Mask Studios is releasing a new series, it is an absolute must buy. The publisher has been releasing a steady flow of confident, gritty and fun titles over the last couple of years and Jade Street Protection Services looks to aim to be among those books. Judging by the solicitations, Fabian Lelay’s illustrations with Mara Jayne Carpenter’s colours are going to provide a vibrant, manga-like pop to the words of Katy Rex.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #11 (Marvel) – It’s a throw down with the X-Men fighting in the future against Apocalypse’s horsemen.  The Apocalypse Wars have been a fun read, and I’ve been really enjoying this title exploring another possible future, with the younger students grown into X-Men.  Nothing earth shattering happening, just a fun read.

Captain Marvel #6 (Marvel) – A Civil War II tie in…and Carol is pissed!  She has clearly chosen her side in this new civil war, and the stakes are getting high.  It’s going to be interesting to see how far she’ll go to for what she believes in.

Mockingbird #4 (Marvel) – This is just a guilty indulgence for me, being a long time fan of Bobbi’s.  The missions are exciting, the humor is fun and this issue she’s off to save her ex, Hawkeye.  It’s also interesting to see her check ups and monitoring of her health after receiving the infinity formula and the super soldier serum.  I’m just waiting to see something big happen.  Fun all around.

Uncanny X-Men #9 (Marvel) – Magneto and Psylocke are trying to save Archangel from being taken over by Apocalypse; Sabretooth and M are exploring the Morlock tunnels and come across a ghost from M’s past.  Again, nothing earth shattering happening here, just a fun read with  decent action.  Psylocke and Fantomex meeting up should be good.

 

Javier

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The first issue was amazing, and I wasn’t the only one to think so.  It has a large and well-deserved mass appeal.

Jade East Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – So far Black Mask’s line of books have failed to disappoint.  There’s already a lot of buzz out there, I hope it lives up to the hype.

Indoctrination #1 (Z2 Comics) – Another indie title with possibilities.  It has all the apocalyptic themes I’m into.

East of West #27 (Image Comics) – Even more end times lore, set in a dystopian alternate timeline.

 

Brett

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – It says something when so many of us have this series as our top pick. The first issue was absolutely amazing and was a damn near perfect set-up with characters that are some of the most relatable in comics. It’s been a bit since that first issue, but that doesn’t diminish my excitement for this second issue.

Chum #3 (ComixTribe) – I’m a sucker for a good noir/crime story and this surf crime comic has been entertaining for the first two issues.

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis (DC Comics) – Am I the demographic this graphic novel is aiming for? Probably not, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying my advance review copy. It’s a solid debut comic that’s perfect for the audience intended, younger kids.

Indoctrination #1 (Z2 Comics) – I read the first issue some time ago and it’s a weird mix of X-Files and occult story. Really good and can’t wait to check out future issues.

Jade Street Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – A new series from Black Mask? Yes please! All ages badassness? Yes please!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Paul

Top Pick: DC Universe Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – Wait, what??? A DC title on my list?  AND the top pick??  Yup…I am really looking forward to this Rebirth thing that’s coming up.  I didn’t get into New 52 (though I did read a few titles) but this looks like a good opportunity to dive into DC again.  I’m sure this will be something that is talked about for a long time, and I don’t want to be left out of the conversation.

Extraordinary X-Men #10 (Marvel) – The Apocalypse Wars are in full swing, and the X-Men are making their away across the different lands of Omega World trying to get back to their time and save their teacher in the process.  I’ve enjoyed reading this latest story arc; it’s been action filled and fun to see the younger X-Men spending their time in this world and growing into X-Men.

Mockingbird #3 (Marvel) – this has been an interesting read; Bobbi having numerous side effects from her exposure to the Super Soldier formula and the Infinity formula has lead to some weird things happening to her.  And not to mention keeping up with SHIELD and her spy duties.  All in a days work for her, and I am looking forward to see where this leads.

Scooby Apocalypse #1 (DC Comics) – Ok so now you’re thinking I’ve just totally lost it.  ANOTHER DC title on my pick list…and it’s Scooby Doo?!  This looks interesting to me; sounds like a great twist on a childhood classic and the redesign of the characters does look pretty cool (though I’m still on the fence about hipster Shaggy).  But this looks like a fun ride.

 

Madison

Monstress #6 (Image Comics) – Monstress is easily and very quickly becoming one of my favorite comics. Marjorie Liu has written an amazing fantasy story with great underlying themes, and Sana Takeda’s gorgeous illustration makes the characters and world feel real.

We(l)come Back #8 (BOOM! Studios) – I’m so sad that this is the final issue of the series! Sebela has taken an awesome concept (time traveling assassins) and fleshed it out into an amazing story with characters you love and root for.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity II #2 (Valiant Entertainment) – A sequel to one of the best miniseries I’ve read in a long time always interests me. When the first issue actually lives up to expectations? I’m in.

Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas #1 (IDW Publishing) – I loved the graphic novel version of this, and having seen a sampling of the special features included in this 48 page comic when I had a chat with Troy Little, I’m super excited to get a chance to read the finished article.

Johnny Red #7 (Titan Comics) – I just love this series. The artwork, the story, the setting…  everything about this comic just works for me.

Judge Dredd #6 (IDW Publishing) – Didn’t the last issue just come out? I could probably find out, but I don’t care enough to find out. I’m just happy to read the next issue.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Tomboy #5 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Such a fantastic series that’s a bit horror, a bit action, a bit superhero and all staring a teenage girl into anime. This is a mature title that is grossly overlooked and one that is flying under the radar. Every issue has knocked it out of the park and I expect no less from this.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 (Marvel) – Steve Rogers is back as his younger self and donning the mantle of Captain America once again. It’ll be interesting to see how this comic makes itself stand out from the Sam Wilson led one, and also how Steve acts now he’s back to the way he used to be.

East of West #26 (Image Comics) – It feels like forever since the last issue and that’s a shame because this apocalyptic Western is an amazing read with every issue.

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas #1 (IDW Publishing) – I read the full graphic novel, and now broken out in single issues, I’ll read it again. It perfectly captures the frenetic nature of the novel and movie that came out of it.

Nighthawk #1 (Marvel) – The Squadron Supreme character gets his own comic series. The fact David Walker is writing is is what has me really interested and how he makes the character stand on his own as opposed to a certain other big city vigilante from another publisher.

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jupiterscircle-vol2-04-coverThe weekend is almost here! What will folks be doing? Anything geeky? Sound off in the comments below!

While you contemplate that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Paste Magazine – Michael Keaton To Star In Film Adaptation of American Assassin Graphic Novel – Nice.

The BoomBox – Dr. Dre Is Creating Original Music for Graphic Novel ‘Loaded’ – Very interesting.

ICv2 – B&N Plans ‘Batman v Superman’ Day – Not too surprising. You’d think more would do this.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Action Comics #50

Talking Comics – The Baker Street Peculiars #1

Batman News – General Mills Batman v Superman #2

CBR – Jupiter’s Circle Vol. 2 #4

Talking Comics – Mockingbird #1

Talking Comics – Shadow Glass #1

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TokyoGhostVol1TP_CvrIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What did you enjoy? What did you dislike?

Sound off in the comments below!

Around the Tubes

Comics Alliance – ‘Suicide Squad’ Tattoo Parlor Coming to SXSW – Would you get one?

Joe Quinones’ Interweb-Log – Batman ’89 – Some cool comic history that never was.

NewsOK – How comics are helping women in India – Very cool.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Black Canary Vol. 1

CBR – Black Jack Ketchum #3 and #4

Talking Comics – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: A Spoon Too Short #2

Comics Alliance – Mockingbird #1

Comic Vine – Mockingbird #1

CBR – Mockingbird #1

Talking Comics – Tokyo Ghost Vol. 1

Comic Vine – Uncanny Avengers #7

Comic Vine – The Vision #5

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trashedIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited to get? What do you really want to read? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – What’s a Hit Comic Sell These Days? Over 40K for Marvel, Over 30K for DC – Some interesting info in here.

Arkansas Online – Man demands Magic: The Gathering cards in attempted robbery, Little Rock police say – If anyone has any information, please help the police.

GamePolitics – Know your presidential candidate: Trans-Pacific Partnership edition – Some good information in there.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Trashed

Newsarama – Best Shots Advance Reviews: Mockingbird #1, Ninjak #13, More

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

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