Hawkeye&Mockingbird #01 Reviews

This week Hawkeye&Mockingbird have hit the stores, and the reviews all over the WWW, check these ones, as always, I upload the good, the bad and the ugly ones. My marks in yellow.

Comicvine.com (4/5):
One year ago Mockingbird came back to life. Now, for little ol' me, I had never read anything with her or anything. She had died when I was only one and a half years old. The passing mention every now and then gave me an idea that she existed though. When New Avengers Reunion came out last year, I couldn't read it as a result, because as much as I love Clint Barton, I didn't care about Mockingbird (And I didn't like the art, which I now retract). Having now read it though, gotta say, I was excited for this issue.
Hawkeye & Mockingbird jumps right into the action with some impression archery (Hawkeye ftw!) and great gunplay. The two of them stop a theft, realize Crossfire was behind it, meet Phantom Riders decedent, and meet up with the W.C.A. (World Counterterrorism Agency). Overall, pretty basic story structure with and ending that may have been too well hinted at ten pages prior, cause I saw it coming from a mile away.
Even with this less than groundbreaking story though, Jim McCann clearly knows these characters. Mockingbird is incredibly hard-edged and driven, a lean mean terrorist-fightin' machine. What I really like is that between this and N.A.: The Reunion you get a real sense of how closed off Mockingbird is with only the occasional opening up. Clint here is gold, having grown into much more of a man than he used to be and becoming a "boy scout". Seeing him train with Cap' and Steve was a nice little touch that I loved.
As for the art, well I don't know how I didn't like it a year ago, because I love it now. David Lopez manages to take like 5 other artists and blend them together into one style that works great. His action and subtlety especially shine through here, like in one series of panels where the main action dictates dialogue and two people talking, but if you pay close attention, Clint is deheading an arrow to use barehanded. Nice touch.
Overall, I saw this issue coming a mile away. Nothing outstandingly new, but everything here was done well. I've got a good feeling about this book, it has the potential that few others have. 4 out of 5.
Originally Published here.

Too Dangerous for a girl:
The debut issue of Clint Barton and Bobbi Morse's first ongoing series opens with the partners in crimefighting on the trail of gun-runners. It's tough to make a high-speed chase work on the comics page, but it's pulled off here. Hawkeye and Mockingbird use bow, baton and banter to win the battle, but the war is far from over, with an old enemy revealed to be up to ... something.
Aiming to find out just what, are the super-spies in Bobbi's World Counterterrorism Agency, an engaging bunch including obscure Marvel soldier of fortune, Dominic (a lot of energy went into naming me) Fortune. Hawkeye, meanwhile, is en route to pissing Bobbi off by going behind her back in a bid to offer help she hasn't asked for, and Bobbi is en route to pissing Clint off with her creative approach to covert agency finance. What's more, a figure - or rather, a spirit - from the couple's past emerges to spark big trouble.
It's difficult to type while I'm applauding. Writer Jim McCann has scripted the perfect superhero debut issue. The leads are introduced via an action scene showcasing their skills and relationship, and when things calm down we get background and more leisurely introductions, of characters and plots. There's even room for a scene with Hawkeye and fellow Avengers Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, pointing out that former cocky upstart Hawkeye is today one of the most respected of heroes. McCann doesn't try any tricksy narrative tricks, concentrating on providing a good solid story, simply - but very well - told. It's superheroics with a spy sensibility, comprising action, emotion, humour and mystery.
Clint narrates this issue and the idea works well - I'm no fan of dual narrations, a la Superman/Batman, so Clint and Bobbi handing the perspective back and forth would be an ideal approach.
Artists David and Alvaro Lopez aren't trying to dazzle with visual pyrotechnics - like McCann, they're letting their craft speak for them, serving the story rather than ego. And they're quite the craftsmen, leading us through the book with appealing illustrations. They capture Hawkeye's swashbuckling nature, Bobbi's differently styled bravado and, vitally, the chemistry between them - these two look like they belong together.
If I were to do a spot of back-seat editing (who, me?) I'd give Bobbi back her old, flared mask - the horn-rimmed specs make her look permanently annoyed. And I'd up the colour gradients. Colourist Nathan Fairbairn here follows the style of the mini-series that preceded this ongoing sequel, New Avengers: The Reunion, and Bobbi has lost her visual pop - she used to be a drop-dead gorgeous blonde, now she has drab vanilla hair, almost the same colour as the jaundiced skin tones. What's more, I'd return Clint to his classic Hawkeye costume - think John Buscema-era Avengers - as the current version seems different for the sake of it, and duller.
But these are tiny quibbles around what is a great book. The whole creative team does a great job, including letterer Cory Petit, cover artist Paul Renaud and editors Rachel Pinnelas and Bill Rosemann. The new story is 22 pages long but feels longer, in a very good way. There's plenty going on and it leaves me wanting plenty more.
'New story'? Yup, there's a back-up which, although it uses a collage of old artwork, has a splendid script by Sean McQuaid recapping all the significant points in the lives and love of Clint and Bobbi. And while it's a dual narration, I'm considering it the exception that proves the rule. Rodolfo Muraguchi designs the pages and does a smart job.
DC failed with its attempt to give us a decent superhero series featuring an archer and a bird-themed blonde. Marvel, though, is quickly getting it right. Unlike the Green Arrow/Black Canary creative teams, whose stories favoured archer Ollie while giving Dinah the shaft, McCann and co find both leads equally fascinating. Which means I do too.
As unpleasant a piece of furniture as Marvel's Heroic Age banner is - see how much better that cover illo looks when you can see the full shadows? - it actually fits the feel of Hawkeye and Mockingbird #1: Clint and Bobbi aren't perfect, but they're heroes through and through, caring for each other and the greater good. The book is dramatic, but there's a tone of optimism that's terribly refreshing after the last several years of doom and gloom at Marvel. This is a fine start to what looks set to be a fine series.
Originally Published here.

ComicsBulletin.com (4/5):
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 Alvarezes 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.
Originally Published here.

IGN UK Edition (7.7/10):
Reunited and kicking ass in the Heroic Age. by Bryan Joel
On a couple levels, it's interesting that Jim McCann's new Clint Barton and Bobbi Morse series is called Hawkeye & Mockingbird. On the surface it makes sense since those are the two leads of the series, but a deeper examination reveals some incongruities with the name.
For one, Hawkeye & Mockingbird isn't just a straightforward comic featuring the two heroes fighting crime. The unsung supporting cast is the World Counterterrorism Agency that McCann established in the title's precursor, New Avengers: The Reunion, when Bobbi returned to Earth from Skrull clutches. Clint and Bobbi's missions this issue often use the WCA as an interface through which to run them, and in some ways these backup cast members make the first issue feel a lot like a revival of the California-based team of Avengers that share the WCA's name. Dominic Fortune, a WCA member and obvious McCann favorite, even enjoys better characterization than Clint himself.
Speaking of, it's also interesting that Hawkeye gets first billing in the title, as even though he's the focal point for the issue and provides the narration, for all intents and purposes this is Mockingbird's book. For one, Clint already has regular billing in Avengers; as of this moment, this is the only place readers can catch Mockingbird's adventures. But more importantly, she's a more interesting character since her return. McCann writes Bobbi with an hardened edge and as a bit of an action junkie. She's only ever shown happy when she's throwing baddies from moving vehicles or watching them get impaled with Hawkeye's arrows. We're clearly dealing with a character who's not quite as balanced as she used to be, and a dredging-up of her sexual assault history with the Phantom Rider only serves to reinforce that.
Finally, there's also a touch of irony to the title of Hawkeye & Mockingbird. While they've reconciled for the most part, the pair couldn't be on more different paths. Much of the issue is spent with Bobbi purposely ignoring Clint, or the couple furthering agendas that they're keeping hidden from each other. Readers coming into this series expecting hearts and flowers alongside their arrows and battle staves may be disappointed, but ultimately it makes for better reading. There's some definite friction between the two leads, friction which should develop into interesting stories as it moves forward.
Is Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1 a groundbreaking work? No, but it fits well within "The Heroic Age" initiative, providing some old-fashioned superheroics and enough interpersonal drama to keep it engaging along the way. McCann lays the groundwork for what could turn out to be a very rewarding examination of two heroes struggling to make it work in the midst of the Marvel Universe's craziness.
Originally Published here.

iFanboy (Story 5, Art 3, out of 5):
Jim McCann runs a clinic on how to use continuity, and, more importantly, why to use it. Right from the start of this ongoing series, Clint and Bobbi are dealing with issues from their past. Even though I've never read the West Coast Avengers comics that are being referenced, there is enough information given to let me understand the crux of the past conflict, and how it carries over into the characters' current relationship. To me, this is the reason that continuity is important -- showing actions that have consequences, and relationships that never quite get off to a fresh start. Jim McCann is rapidly growing into a master of this kind of storytelling, and he has quickly become one of the writers whose work I will always buy. Along with the Clint & Bobbi story in this issue, we get a quick setup of the 'new' WCA team, and a marvelous exchange among Clint, Steve Rogers, and Bucky Barnes. Marvel hasn't been too kind to new series, lately, but I'm hoping and praying this one will have a nice long run.
Originally Published here.

The Quarter Bin:
Jim McCann teams once more with David Lopez to bring you the continued (hopefully) adventures of Clint Barton and Bobbi Morse. Lopez is a talented interior artist who should thrive on a book like this, and with McCann’s love for the characters, I know that they’re in the right hands creatively. Now all this book needs is our support to survive longer than ten issues. You guys won’t be disappointed. Give it a shot.
Originally Published here. 

Forums CBR.com:
Mr McCann has done it again. This was a phenomenal debut issue for this highly anticipated ongoing series.
I'm trying to make this review as spoiler-free as possible, but if anyone wants to be spoiled, i can do that too, lol.
First I would like to note that the artwork is fantastic. The Lopez duo does a slick job with the penciling and inking. Creating a good mix of tones that highlight Clint's over the top superheroics, while still being moody enough to mesh well with Bobbi's more clandestine background.
As far as the story goes, the pacing is perfect. It's just fast-paced enough to constantly keep you interested and yet not feel rushed. For new readers, especially those who missed out on the awesome Reunion mini, They are brought up to speed relatively quickly, and for those who have been longtime fans, there are plenty of awesome fan service nods... (return of the skycycle anybody?) but in no way does it alienate new readers.
Also, for the new readers, there is a short "Saga of Hawkeye and Mockingbird" inserted into the comic right before the awesome (as-of-yet-untitled) Letters Section. The Saga goes over the origins and history of Hawkeye and Mockingbird, cleverly written in the perspective of each respective character that alternated between the two. And both characters personalities shine throughout the entertaining and informative bonus section.
It is obvious that Mr McCann has an intense respect and love for both of these characters, and does them both justice, unlike anything they've seen in quite a while. As a fan of both characters, this series is a dream come true. Fantastic Art, Incredible Writing, and simultaneously accessible to new fans, and deepy satisfying for us old-school fans.
Last but not least, this issue is also special to me because of the fact that my letter was published in the (untitled) Letters Page. EPIC WIN.
Anyway, anyone interested in throwing out suggestions for a name, or simply want to write in for a chance to get your letter printed, e-mail MHEROES@MARVEL.COM And make sure to mark them 'OK TO PRINT
Originally Published here.

Woman's Eye View:
This book was a real surprise to me, as I didn’t expect to like it much, but found myself pretty interested in the story and characters. I come to Hawkeye and Mockingbird fairly clean (I really only know Hawkeye – mildly at best) and this story didn’t ask me to know much. There was definitely stuff going on (history and background) that a fan of the characters would know but I was able to follow the story without it and felt confident that all I needed to know for THIS story would be revealed as necessary. There’s also a pretty great 8-page “Saga of Hawkeye and Mockingbird” history lesson of sorts to bring newbies like me up to speed. I wasn’t expecting to like this but I did. It’s not a home run, but it’s worth a look. I’m going to list it as a TRADWAIT for now (in part because of the price), with the option to upgrade to buy if it continues to impress.
Originally Published here.

Ryan the Iowan!:
If this weren’t such a short week, I don’t think I would have tried out the debut issue of Hawkeye and Mockingbird, as I hate to add another title to my pull list, but general curiosity and a love for the original Hawkeye miniseries that introduced Mockingbird got the best of me and so I picked it up.
This is a solid debut issue with writer Jim McCann focusing mainly on introducing the current status quo for the characters, including Mockingbird’s new spy agency, while simultaneously setting up two villainous threats.
I think the major draw on this series is going to be Hawkeye, but if you aren’t up to speed on Mockingbird’s history, it is easy to get lost on the details here without reading the retrospective on the characters at the end of the issue.
The main problem with the issue, though, is the pacing. The narration from Hawkeye and the dialogue with all of the characters is super thick, which throws off the pacing, especially during the action-packed moments at the beginning of the issue. That disconnect pulled me out of the issue several times.
McCann has a way with the characters though, as everyone has super strong personalities that really carry this issue. I was especially impressed with the interlude between Hawkeye and both Captain Americas, which had a great “boys’ club” feel that was a nice change of pace.
I haven’t seen much from David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez since their stint on Catwoman, but I’m glad to see that they haven’t lost a step since then.
The level of detail does fluctuate quite a bit on the backgrounds, but the main character work is really solid and I dig their approach to storytelling.
The story is built on a pretty standard grid approach, but the artists put some twists on how those grids are laid out, which kept things fresh throughout the issue.
The only major issue I had with the art is the weird chins that plague the issue. Everyone from Hawkeye to Captain America to even Mockingbird has a Jay Leno-esque chin at least once in this issue, which isn’t something I cared for.
Verdict: Check It. This issue just barely missed the mark for a Buy It verdict, mostly because of the awkward pacing that made it hard to trudge through on my first read-through and the prerequisite knowledge of Mockingbird’s history that you really need to have to get the full extent of this issue. I really dug McCann’s approach to the characters through and the art team worked well with him. This is certainly a fun issue that has me convinced to come back for more as this series has loads of potential.
Originally Published here.

Mondomagazine.net (4/5):
In this issue Hawkeye has an arrow that holdings a capsule full of Pym-particle-shrunk arrows. That’s awesome. In fact this whole issue is awesome. I’ll admit, I could have dealt with a little less time spent explaining Hawkeye and Mockingbird’s past for new readers, but that’s not the creators’ fault. It is, after all, a first issue. If you like spy books, relationship books or the Marvel universe then I’d say this is a book you should definitely at least try. – Owen Craig
Originally Published here.

Living Between Wednesdays:
The other big release for me this week was Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1 by Jim McCann and David Lopez (the team who reunited Clint & Bobbi in New Avengers: The Reunion). This new ongoing has the on-again/off-again couple, well, on again, teaming up romantically and superheroically to fight superterrorists and other assorted baddies. I had high hopes for this one, as Hawkeye is one of my all-time favourite characters (and he’s had a rough couple of years, to say the least), and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. This is a fun, fast-paced issue with lots of action, humour, and intriguing subplots involving Mockingbird’s family history and a potential team-up of two of the pair’s classic nemeses (well, one is a cool new take on a classic one, but still). There are lots of fun shout-outs to stuff like the original 1982 Hawkeye miniseries and the duo’s tenure in the West Coast Avengers, but none of it is impenetrable to new readers—in fact, this double-sized first issue comes with a handy backup feature where the heroes playfully narrate each other’s complex together-and-separate histories. This is good to have on hand, when both of your leads have been dead at least once (twice this decade for Hawkeye!). Unlike the similar Green Arrow/Black Canary series from a few years back, this book doesn’t collapse instantly under the weight of tons of ongoing continuity–McCann’s script hits the ground running in its own direction and has a sense of fun, romantic adventure about it. And I seriously hope someone at Marvel has David Lopez chained down, because this guy has some chops. This is one gorgeous-looking book, all smooth lines and easy-to-follow action.
This is probably my favourite thing to come out of all this Heroic Age jazz right now, and I hope it sticks around for awhile (especially with this particular creative team on board). I do have one small complaint–I’m really tired of seeing the word rape in mainstream superhero comics–Bobbi drops it in reference to her ordeal at the hands of the Phantom Rider back in West Coast Avengers. If you must, it’s possible to allude to this stuff without typing what has become the most overused "r" word in comics since "retcon"; Young Avengers Special #1 was a perfect example of this, where we know that something awful happened to Kate BIshop in the past, but it’s never explicitly stated or shown. This is a pretty minor complaint, though. It was a pretty great comic otherwise.
Originally Published here.

Michael D. Stewart Online:
“Green Arrow & Black Canary” “Hawkeye & Mockingbird” is one book of Marvel’s new Heroic Age that really doesn’t have high expectations. On the surface it would seem to be a knockoff of similar characters from another publisher. But Marvel has done their best to make Clint Barton interesting and they’ve been fairly successful. Now in a book of his own with his former wife, it’s time to let Hawkeye shine a little more.
Writer Jim McCann does the titular hero a favor by placing strong emphasis on establishing the supporting characters and by resurrecting the World Counter-terrorism Agency (WCA) from his “New Avengers: The Reunion” run.
There is a certain amount of energy to artist David Lopez’s panels, but some of the angles he chooses seem rather odd. It’s not a downfall to the issue, but is definitely not strength.
Really the book has little strength, but is not poor enough to be brushed aside with vigor. We’ll see where it goes, but titles like these at Marvel perpetually last well past their expiration dates. Hawkeye is already a mainstay in the new “Avengers” title, so how much staying power will he have in his own book?
Originally Published here. 

Reviewing Everything:
Hawkeye and Mockingbird no. 1 written by Jim McCann, drawn by David Lopez. So much set up. The openning sequence was a nicely handled action set piece, establishing who Hawkeye and Mockingbird are, how they operate, their history etc. etc. And I thought to myself, "alright, this might actually be good." But then after that one good action sequence, we just get clumsily handled character introductions for pretty much the entire rest of the book. Not terrible, and it might get good in a few issues, but this one was pretty meh.
Originally Published here.

Comixtreme.com (4/5):
The book kicks off with a bout of synchronized shooting as henchmen attempt to protect some cargo during a high-speed motorcycle chase. But it’s no use, because Hawkeye pull some grade A action movie tricks and gain the upper hand with many much arrows and aerobatics. The whole thing ordeal comes to a close when our titular heroes stops the van, and attempts to get some answers from one of the men responsible. Only to watch him get shot. Bummer. This leads to the reveal of one of the villains for this arc – an old Hawkeye foe going by the name Crossfire – and propels us into some ongoing troubles. See, while the pair put a happy face when beating down baddies, Clint and Bobbie got problems with communication – communication problems, if you will. And she’s dealing with the stress of running a small group of spies, returning from a Skrull internment camp, and a bit of a rapey past with a ghost cowboy, and Clint is trying to get her to open up by trying to find her family without telling her. Sounds like a solid plan that’s bound to fail miserably: and it does when the answers he gets only digs up more questions. The book ends with another villain throwing in with Crossfire, making it look like our heroes might have a tough go for the next little while. Wouldn’t be much of an ongoing if it looked like things were gonna’ be easy, now would it?
The team from the New Avengers: The Reunion miniseries returns here, and I must say, it appears as though in the intervening time, these fresh faced kids have grown. Or something. Jim McCann’s dialogue is flowing a bit easier than it did with Reunion where words seem to sit awkwardly on the page. Add to that the difference in pacing – the Reunion mini being more of a slow burning, slow moving spy piece, and this one exploding with some tightly choreographed action right out of the gate – and you get something that commands some attention. Maybe not yours specifically, but someone’s. The art by David Lopez is no slouch either – hitting scenes of kinetic action and static talking heads with equal energy, with an talent for moving the story and the eye in the direction it needs to go, when it needs to go there. A solid debut, to say the least – and it should give all of those Hawkeye fans who were hard up for Clint a good book to read month in and month out.
Originally Published here.