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Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010
By: Ray Tate

Jim McCann
David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez (i), Nathan Fairbairn (c)
Marvel Comics
"Ghosts" (part 1)

Hawkeye and Mockingbird continue their pursuit of a terrorist cell. McCann introduces the new status quo and he draws upon the past to complicate the smoother ride from Hawkeye's and Mockingbird's debut in Enter the Heroic Age.

Hawkeye and Mockingbird reminds me of Burn Notice. The characterization isn't the same. This is a recognizable Hawkeye and Mockingbird, not Michael and Fiona. McCann and the art team instead replicate the velocity of Burn Notice's dialogue and the quickness and professionalism in the fights and stunts. That's not a bad thing.

I'm also impressed by McCann's research and the consistency in the art. Mockingbird performs a makeshift thoracostomy. The Lopezes and Fairbairn depict blood surrounding a terrorist's wound and coming out of a hollow tube. Excellent. McCann doesn't hammer out exposition for the medical procedure. He picks words that simultaneously increase the drama and describe. He furthermore incorporates Mockingbird's past to explain how she can know what to do.

On the other hand, I'm not happy that McCann dragged out the baggage in Mockingbird's history. I never appreciated that the Powers That Be turned the original Ghost Rider into not just a bad guy but a repellent bad guy. So, raising his haunting of Mockingbird and mentioning the rape doesn't appeal to my good side. I also didn't like that Mockingbird has essentially become a gunrunner. I realize that she must fund her anti-terrorist operation, but selling guns simply recycles them to the wrong people and makes her culpable in any crime committed by those wrong people.

It is, however, just possible that Mockingbird is playing a longer game than appears. The idea presented in these pages is that Mockingbird created the World Counterterrorism Unit out of ex-SHIELD ops and a sleazier version of an old Marvel favorite, but Mockingbird's former M.O. was to infiltrate, observe, and destroy. So, perhaps Mockingbird pulled together these ex-spies to see which were still trustworthy and which needed a one way trip to Riker's Island, or maybe she's tracking the flow of guns to eventually in one fell swoop eliminate the bad guys. Even when putting aside my speculations and noting my objections, there's still much to recommend in Hawkeye & Mockingbird.

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