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    Review: Mockingbird #5

    Review of Mockingbird #5

    Mockingbird #5Mockingbird is a series that seems to have it all. A butt-kicking, intelligent, funny heroine. Light plotlines with a hint of something more menacing to come. Guest stars aplenty. And now with issue 5, zombies!

    Bobbi Morse’s Mockingbird spends much of this issue battling the undead while trying to escape a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. medical clinic located stories beneath New York’s Chelsea Market. In the process, she runs into the likes of Spider-Man (the Miles Morales version) and Howard the Duck. (The eagle-eyed reader may also spot artist Ibrahim Moustafa’s Hulk-on-a-toilet in-joke.)

    As usual, Mockingbird doesn’t need to wait for a male hero to rescue her. From nearly the first panel, she’s taking matters into her own hands by taking out zombies while trying to understand the mysterious illness that may be threatening her life. In fact, it’s the fighting that takes Morse’s mind off of the rest of her troubled life and gives her something to focus on. She admits that the fighting makes her happy.

    As usual in this series, humor abounds. Writer Chelsea Cain keeps Mockingbird light, cracking more quips in a few pages than are usually crammed into an entire issue of Spider-Man (Parker, not Morales). But the surprising humor comes from studying Moustafa’s artwork. Although it’s a departure from the previous penciler Kate Niemozyk, it’s filled with jokes, from the awful flowered wallpaper in the doctor’s offices to the almost unnoticeable “Stressed out?” sign with a picture of the Hulk.

    The issue ends with somewhat of a resolution to Morse’s ongoing illness – though it’s probably not what you were thinking. The good news is that she will be back for more happy fighting.

    Mockingbird #5, Marvel Comics, Released July 27, 2016, Written by Chelsea Cain, Art by Ibrahim Moustafa, Color by Rachelle Rosenberg, Lettering by VC’s Joe Caramagna; $3.99.

    Review by Tom Smithyman.

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    Review: Mockingbird #4

    mockingbird #4 coverReunited – and it feels so good. Well, mostly good. For a while anyway.

    That’s the sentiment in the newest issue of Mockingbird, which reteams the troubled SHIELD agent with her one-time husband, Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye. As Bobbi Morse’s Mockingbird is researching the mysterious illness that is threatening her life, she comes across a not-so-secret underwater base teaming with evil scientist-terrorists. As well as a certain bow-wielding Avenger.

    They are reminded why they were such a good team – and ultimately why they split. Writer Chelsea Cain nails the dynamic between the lovers. It’s never too serious, but you always know they care about each other. She even sprinkles in a little backstory to humorously help move the pair out of a sticky situation.

    Cain also adds plenty of lightheartedness to the series. Instead of SHIELD’s usual menace, Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM), Mockingbird and Hawkeye battle Total Idea Mechanics (TIM). “So basically you’re AIM but in a different color suit,” says Mockingbird, who apparently is in on the joke.

    What’s also refreshing about the series is that this character, despite having no super powers, can hold her own with the big boys (emphasis on boys). She rescues the gentleman in distress, not the other way around. She’s the one cracking jokes while beating up the baddies and as a scientist, she’s not waiting for some deus ex machina for a cure. She’s doing the research herself. There’s little doubt, when her life is saved in a future issue, she’ll only have herself to blame.

    Mockingbird #4, Marvel Comics, Released June 29, 2016, Written by Chelsea Cain, Art by Kate Niemozyk, Color by Rachelle Rosenberg, Lettering by VC’s Joe Caramagna; $3.99.

    Review by Tom Smithyman

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Spider-Woman, Hellboy Winter Special & Old Man Logan

    I’ve been looking forward to this week awhile now. With the Hellboy Winter Special and Old Man Logan #1 dropping this week, we’ve had some pretty good reading at the TFAW offices and comic book shops. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the third of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles.

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep as many spoilers under our hats as possible, but a nugget may sneak through to our reviews.

     	
Old Man Logan comics at TFAW.com Old Man Logan #1
    By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino

    The best description for Old Man Logan is if Marvel had a baby with Sin City. This story takes place right after the end of Marvel’s Secret Wars. With Jeff Lemire’s writing going hand in hand with Andrea Sorrentino’s art, you can definitely tell the dark tone this story gives off.

    Going through issue #1, you have just as many questions as Logan. What is happening? How is this happening? Where am I? Why did this happen?! Don’t worry true believers, your questions will be answered…on the last page. Old Man Logan is back and has found his one sole purpose in this Universe. Is it revenge? Is it Justice?! You’ll just have to read to find out! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

    Hellboy Winter Special
    By: Mike Mignola, Tim Sale, Chris Roberson, Scott Allie, Chelsea Cain, Michael Avon Oeming, Michael Walsh, Dean Rankine, Dave Stewart

    I’ve been looking forward to the Hellboy Winter Special for some time now, and I’m happy to say that it does not disappoint. Tim Sale, folks. The living legend contributes the first of the four Mignolaverse vignettes contained in this issue. I fall in love with his art all over again all in a span of eight pages in Broken Vessels. Chris Roberson’s first ever Hellboy story, Wandering Souls, was incredible. I was captivated and am excited to see where he takes us in the months and years to come.

    Chelsea Cain & Michael Avon Oeming’s Mood Swings was a charming HB romp. Focusing on a young Liz Sherman and a bout of teenage attitude, this story put a huge grin on my face. Rounding out the issue was Dean Rankine’s fun Lobster Johnson short, Kung Pao Lobster. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Spider-Woman #3
    By: Dennis Hopeless, Javier Rodríguez

    Spider-Woman isn’t your the typical superhero book since it features a very pregnant lead. The eight-month jump in time post-Secret Wars allows Hopeless to skip over the how’s and why’s of Jessica’s pregnancy. It creates a realistic sense of danger and drama for the characters but there’s a good bit of humor in the moms-to-be versus a horde of Skrulls.

    The art is the clincher for why I’ll come back. I loved Rodríguez’s stuff when he was on Daredevil, but he’s raised his game to another level. The splash pages depicting Spider Woman’s route through the space hospital are fantastic and brought to mind the trippy epicness of Jim Steranko with a definite splash of Kirby. The Kirby influence is especially strong on his depictions of the Skrulls.

    A great combo of art and story, drama and humor, with guest stars and on-point characterization, this book has me sold on coming back for more. [Dustin M. at Universal TFAW]

    Cry Havoc #1
    By: Simon Spurrier, Ryan Kelly

    Cry Havoc had me sold at “lesbian werewolves” and thankfully the contents didn’t disappoint. The moment I opened the comic I was blown away by the art and had a vast appreciation for the change in art direction throughout the comic. The changes really bring you into the moment and make for a very immersive world. One moment I feel like I’m reading Jem and the Holograms with heavy saturation and bold color choices before being transported into the world of The Walking Dead with a muted color palate to accompany the somber mood of the scene.

    This first issue is all about getting our story set up and developing our world. The refreshing and unique take on the supernatural is something I cannot wait to dive further into. It’s all well and good for every werewolf story to have common themes but I have a feeling these werewolves will be unlike anything we’ve seen in mainstream media. This comic has easily left an impression on me and I look forward to seeing this world and its characters develop further. [Megan W. at Universal TFAW]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

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