New Avengers, the Reunion #4, Review

No he tenido demasiado tiempo para ir poniendo las críticas a medida que salían, pongo las del #4 que sirven como final. No he filtrado ninguna, las hay buenas y malas.

I didn't have time to post the reviews as they appeared, I post the ones for #4 that work as finals. I haven't filtered any, there are good ones and bad ones.

New Avengers: The Reunion #4
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009
By: David Wallace
Jim McCann
David Lopez (p), Alvaro Lopez (i), Daniele Rudoni, Marco Patrucco (colours)
Marvel Comics
"The Avenger Who Came In From The Cold" This final issue of New Avengers: The Reunion sees Clint Barton and Bobbi Morse -- Hawkeye and Mockingbird -- come together to see off the A.I.M. plot that Bobbi has been trying to prevent from coming to fruition since the first issue.
It's a fairly straightforward conclusion that doesn't see the series' terrorist plot go out with quite as much of a bang as I expected from the extensive build-up. However, even if the villain's plot fizzles a little in this closing issue, it still gives McCann the change to stage several compelling action sequences. Mockingbird has a surprisingly dirty fight with her opposite number, we get to see Clint being Hawkeye as opposed to Ronin (which should delight longtime fans of the character), and there's a heavily-populated against-the-odds free-for all at the end of the issue that reminded me of Kill Bill's "House of Blue Leaves" setpiece.
These sequences are enhanced by the artwork of David Lopez, which has certainly improved since the series began. His characters are more consistent, there's a higher level of detail to be found in his pages, and there's a more confident edge to his linework, too. The storytelling is always clear, and that's important in an issue that relies on the artwork to convey many of its action beats -- such as the cool moment in which Bobbi anticipates her enemy's moves and tricks her into teleporting directly into the path of her attack, or the novel way in which Bobbi and Clint defuse the bomb towards the end of the issue.
Most of all, though, I have to commend the book for not giving in to the temptation to provide an easy, pat ending. The two leads don't suddenly abandon the character development of the last few issues in order to give the book a nice, convenient resolution: it would have been easy to end the series' soap-opera storyline conclusively one way or the other, but McCann instead opts to have their relationship reach a certain level of compromise that pays off some of the character-building of previous issues, but also leaves a certain amount of potential open for future stories to take the characters in several possible directions.
If the goal of this book was to reintroduce Mockingbird to readers and give some meaning to her relationship with Hawkeye in the present-day Marvel Universe, then it's achieved what it set out to do. I'll be interested to see whether the characters' new status quo at the end of the series will be reprised for further adventures, either in the pages of New Avengers or in another dedicated miniseries or one-shot. There's certainly a lot of potential here either way.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009
New Avengers: The Reunion #4 Advance Review
NEW AVENGERS: THE REUNION #4 Written by Jim McCann
Art by David Lopez
The final chapter to this miniseries was another fun read, but seemed to lack any definitive conclusion. The cliffhanger from last issue was, as expected, quickly reversed and the villain of the piece never really stepped up to be a credible threat.
However, that doesn't make this a bad issue or even a bad series. The action and plot actually took a back seat for me in favour of the interplay between Hawkeye and Mockingbird - both of which were a lot of fun to read whenever they were together. While I do not have a lot of experience with their previous relationship, I know I like how they are being played together here and hope to see the threads followed up on in the future. Review continues after the jump.
Speaking of the future, one thing that had me a bit puzzled was how this lines up with the duo's portrayal in Brian Bendis's New Avengers title. It seems like McCann had set up a whole new direction for both characters to continue on with and none of it was being reflected in the New Avengers title, which I thought was taking place after this miniseries. It also looked like they wouldn't be Avengers post-Reunion, but if Wolverine can be in 22 books a month, I can overlook any discrepencies for these two. I am, however, hoping McCann gets a Green Arrow/Black Canary-like book for Hawkeye and Mockingbird to follow up on everything he set up here.
However, as I said earlier, this issue falls short in one regard and that is with the conclusion to the AIM dirty bomb business. It just lacked any kind of impact and just felt more like a reason to put Hawkeye and Mockingbird in danger and get them playing off of each other, which, again, I did enjoy, moreso than an actual plot that held up on its own. If you found the characters lacking, the plot would do very little to help interest you in the title.
Verdict - Check It. A solid finish to the miniseries that did a good job explaining how Mockingbird came back, what her state of mind was and set up a new status quo for both her and Hawkeye that I hope gets followed up on by McCann in the future.

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New Avengers: The Reunion #4 Review Ronin and Mockingbird fight to disarm a dirty bomb.
by Jesse Schedeen
June 3, 2009 - Marvel books that offer simple, pure fun in the wake of Dark Reign are increasingly rare. With Norman Osborn in charge, there isn't much to laugh about. Luckily, New Avengers: The Reunion has helped add a dash of fun to the previous four months of darkness. The series hasn't been without its problems, but it's never failed to present an interesting take on the Hawkeye/Mockingbird dynamic from two fresh voices at Marvel.
With all the flashback and Skrull-related material out of the way, Jim McCann is free to focus on his big finish. With Ronin seemingly dead, Mockingbird is all that stands between an AIM scientist and nuclear holocaust. This leads to some more interesting characters moments with Bobbi as she continues to struggle with her inner rage and disassociation from the modern world. The AIM threat continues to serve as a rather hollow one, but that never really mattered. Everything in this series has been about bringing the two ex-lovers back together and seeing how they react to one another. It's all about the character interaction, and McCann nails it once again.
In terms of the banter and the coy little dance played between Clint and Bobbi, this issue is easily the strongest. I didn't dislike the recent focus on Bobbi's life as a Skrull captive, but so much of that flashback material seemed aimed at straightening out her wacky continuity than actually presenting a compelling story. The series works better when it focuses on the romance and espionage fronts.
David Lopez continues to prove himself a great acquisition by Marvel. Besides sprucing up that hideous old Mockingbid costume, Lopez has lent a great deal of visual dynamism and fun that mesh with the relatively lighthearted tone of the story. The only disappointment has been in realizing that Lopez could probably do even better. The best part about the numerous flashbacks were the shift in Lopez's art style from his familiar Catwoman look to something sleeker and more animated. It's a style that could have worked well across the board and granted the series an even more unique tone. But I can't complain with what Lopez delivered.
McCann leaves his heroes at a new crossroads and with plenty of potential for future stories. Whether those stories are picked up in a follow-up project or just in the pages of New Avengers, I hope to see more of the duo. I'm always up for a story that can offer compelling drama and a healthy dose of action without taking itself too seriously. Regardless of what happens with these characters, I think both McCann and Lopez have proven themselves to be creators worth watching.
IGN's Ratings for New Avengers: The Reunion #4
8.4 OVERALL (out of 10 / not an average)

I absolutely loved this book. McCann has the voices down for these two to a T. Bobbi's growth through these 4 issues has been SO apparent. It's more a story about her than anything, and as someone who's only recently read her stories in West Coast Avengers, I'm officially a fan now.
It works out well, because this story is supposed to fit between the Sorcerer Supreme arc and the next arc of New Avengers, so their status quo isn't completely changed for that book. As far as I'm concerned, McCann can write these characters anytime he wants. And please do it more often!
Posted by: mrbaker3 on June 04, 2009 06:11 PDT

I was really disappointing with this book
I was really disappointing with this book...
Posted by: godlike013 on June 04, 2009 05:59 PDT

New Avengers Reunion #4 (OF 4) Review by changingshades:
WRITER: Jim McCann
PENCILS: David Lopez
INKS: Alvaro Lopez
COLORED BY: Daniele Rudoni
LETTERED BY: Dave Lanphear
Price: $3.99
This was a completely forgettable series that didn't have any really amazing moments that made it worth picking up but nothing that was completely horrible.
The art was a little on the cartoony side. I didn't really care for the action sequences.
The characters seemed about as well developed as the original Hawkeye miniseries, which is to say 80's cookie cutter stereotypes.
Do we really need another head of AIM? The climax of the explosion was pretty unique, but really all of this was used to set up a status quo between Clint and Bobbi that, knowing Bendis, will be ignored and probably done better in New Avengers.
Story: 2 - Average Art: 2 - Average

ART BY David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez
COLORS BY Daniele Rudoni, Marco Patrucco
LETTERS BY Dave Lanphear
PUBLISHER Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE Jun 3rd, 2009
Tue, June 2nd, 2009 at 8:18PM PST
Jim McCann may be better know as the “Assistant Manager of Sales Communication” for Marvel, but if this limited series has proven anything, it’s that he’s got more than enough talent to make it as a creator. A series re-uniting Hawkeye and Mockingbird had all the ingredients to be a massive misfire -- Bobbi’s return during “Secret Invasion” was largely met with apathy and disinterest, and after almost 25 years out of circulation, it’s debatable how many people were interested in seeing her return.
However, McCann’s writing brought out the very best in this situation. The final issue continues as the first three have, casting Hawkeye -- sorry, Ronin -- and Mockingbird as spouses who are also spies in the "True Lies"/"Mr. & Mrs. Smith" vein, with a dash of added superheroics. It’s far better than it has any right to be.
Past issues have shown that McCann is clearly concerned with straightening out Bobbi’s newly-fractured continuity, and this issue is no different. Anyone looking to find out how her personal timeline shakes out will not be disappointed with the information presented in this issue, but far more encouraging is how much effort has been made ensuring that readers are invested in the scenes that mainly exist to plug continuity holes. The emotion successfully carries the weaker moments of the script, and helps the story hit the necessary beats so that we actually feel how they’ve changed over the course of the series. Why can’t all superhero comics get it this right?
Lopez’s art successfully merges the superhero and espionage elements of the script perfectly, with strong storytelling and high-octane, cinematic visuals for the final act of the story -- the final scenes look like they could be taken from any Hollywood blockbuster. It’s rare that a book’s artwork can live up to the expectations a Jo Chen cover creates, but Lopez actually comes up to scratch.
This series has been an unexpected hit, and definitely worth picking up in collected form if you haven’t been buying it already -- without giving away the ending, there’s plenty of room for a follow-up. Marvel would be mad not to commission one. It’s the best superhero action movie never made -- and as we know, good superhero movies should always come back with an even better a sequel.

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New Avengers: The Reunion #4 A New Dynamic Duo
by theJman10000
June 5, 2009 - With this series, Jim McCann has done a phenomenal job re-introducing us to Mockingbird. Along with that, he's also evolved her character a bit to deal with her imprisonment on Skrull World and her problems with Hawkeye. The series was quite good when it stuck to those concepts. However, The Reunion might have been one issue too long, because most of those plot points were dealt with by the end of last issue.
The only Mockingbird action we get in this issue is a fight scene with an AIM scientist. It is pretty cool seeing her flex her battle skills, but not even close to her using her stalking and intel-gathering ones on Skrull World. We don't get to experience any of her frustration, confusion, or torment that made the first three issues so entertaining. The fight wasn't a total waste though. Mockingbird and Hawkeye's team-up in battle was pretty fun.
Instead of focusing on Mockingbird, a majority of the substance in this issue is dedicated to Hawkeye. As a matter of fact, the last few pages have an internal monologue from him explaining his reasons for loving the woman. I suppose that serves as an explanation of the reasons we should love her too, but I would have preferred figuring that out by myself or maybe Mockingbird giving an internal monologue herself.
David Lopez does an adequate job with the art in this series. Nothing stellar and nothing absurd. His panels with the Mockingbird fight were clear and easy to follow. The characters were appropriately rough looking because girls can't stay pretty while they're fighting despite most artists' efforts. Some of his work looks a little washed out, but that might be more of a coloring problem. Lopez's greatest contribution would have to be Mockingbird's new costume though. Hopefully, we'll be seeing it regularly.
Four issues may have been one too many for this series, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. The espionage action was pretty fun and seeing Hawkeye and Mockingbird fight together was a treat. Hopefully we'll be seeing this dynamic in New Avengers one day.

Reader's Ratings for New Avengers: The Reunion #4
7.0 Art
7.0 Story
7.5 Writing
(out of 10 / not an average)

New Avengers: The Reunion #4 review I have been pleasantly surprised by a few Dark Reign miniseries and New Avengers: The Reunion is one of them. Author Jim McCann had a tough task in front of him – to make Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird relevant. Would anyone really care that Mockingbird returned? Would the gaps from Secret Invasion be filled in adequately or glossed over? Once again, would anyone care? My answer, yes.
Good writing made me not only care, but really like this series, and hope for more. Hawkeye (I refuse to call him Ronin) and Mockingbird reunite to take down an A.I.M. threat. Woven throughout this Mr. and Mrs. Espionage tale is a fantastic, rekindled relationship. McCann provides solid answers to Bobbi’s Skrull abduction, making her a compelling and noteworthy character. Most importantly this is an interesting and enjoyable story.
The chemistry between Hawkeye and Mockingbird is engaging. In between the spy action, flashbacks reveal all we need to know about Bobbi and her feelings for Clint. Like I always say, nothing brings a couple back together like a good fight. Once the dust settles from the series-ending showdown with A.I.M., Bobbi and Clint finally have the heart to heart these issues have been building up to. McCann writes this dialogue authentically and it’s believable.
David and Alvaro Lopez provide the pencils and inks. Overall, the art was average with some shining moments. The more intimate moments between the former lovers were most notable for their softness and passion. My biggest complaint with all four issues is that the colors were too bland and lifeless.
In the end, it was surprisingly satisfying. Mockingbird is back and hopefully she can find a place in the Marvel Universe. Now we just need Clint to drop this Ronin crap. He’s Hawkeye and always will be.
3.5 out of 5

Comic Review: New Avengers: The Reunion (1-4) Reposted from Avengers Tower:
With the last installment of New Avengers: The Reunion purchased and re-read several times over, I can easily say this has been the best new title to be released this year to date. Everything I hoped to see was there, plus some. And no, dear readers, no spoilers from me. I’m not that mean (or nice, depending on your perspective). I’ll only tell you to pick up the issues and read them for yourself. When you’re done, read them again. You’ll find more neat things going on.
The basic story has to do with some of the personal aftermath of the Secret Invasion story, specifically, what Mockingbird’s been up to since she came back to Earth. After she runs off, Ronin goes after her, and with a multitude of good reasons. What he finds out teams him up on a mission with his formerly-thought-dead (ex?) wife and puts them both on one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. Mixed up in that is super spy action, explosions, flashbacks, and the kicking of many many butts.
I know I said in my first review that I thought Jim McCann’s writing was fantastic. I’m going to expand on this. His storytelling is phenomenal, able to flow naturally from one event to the next and involve the reader completely. The characterizations were exceptional, too. For me, if I can feel the frustrations of the characters I’m reading enough to find myself about to talk to my comic book, then that’s pretty darn good. Also, the dialogue is wonderful, fitting perfectly with the action and giving a great insight into the characters and what they’re going through. One thing I do need to mention, and I don’t find many men who excel at it, but he is very good at writing a woman, especially a strong one who has been through her own personal hell. Furthermore, his retcon skills know no bounds. VERY smooth handling of Bobbi’s capture and return. Consider me duly impressed.
Again, the art has been top-knotch all the way through. I’m really fond of the art style David Lopez has. He’s very good at capturing expression and motion and has a great gift for perspective. Some of the scenes are highly immersive because of the angles and perspectives used. The inking and coloring were lovely as well, really bold and brilliant. I also need to mention that the lettering was very easy to read and spaced well. Furthermore, Jo Chen’s covers are gorgeous. I especially want issue #2’s cover as a poster. (Yes, I used it as iPhone wallpaper, too.)
The story is exciting and engaging, and I suggest every Avengers fan go buy all four issues and read them. Heck, you don’t even have to be an Avengers fan. If you like a great story, amazing writing, and fantastic art, you should like this one quite a bit.