Mockingbird 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.
Review by Tom Smithyman.