Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. It’s been a solid month since I’ve had a chance to read comics, never mind go to the comic shop. So for now, I’m catching up on my pile of unread stuff. Mockingbird #8 was one that I had been on the hunt for. It was frustrating because it’s the last in the series, and I didn’t want to pay some ebay premium. Luckily I finally found a copy at the mall of all places!
Ultimately it was a bit of letdown. Chelsea Cain talks at the end about how this was her favorite issue. But not mine. To be honest I felt like it was kind of a mess. But she knew it would be the last, so maybe she just wanted to throw in every unfinished idea she had for the series. Who knows? What I do know is that there were ghost pirates and mermaid dogs and cosplayers acting like superheroes. It was like… a bunch of kind of funny ideas jammed in with no clear reason.
The ending was cute, though. I’m maybe being overcritical. But I loved the first five issues a lot. And I’m bummed the series ended. But I don’t know. Maybe it lost focus. It’s too bad. I’d be all for new Mockingbird in the future, though.
Another Civil War II tie-in, this seventh issue of Mockingbird continues the cruise-ship murder mystery that was started in the last issue. The art is still wonderful; the writing is still excellent. The story though, is less interesting than that first five-issue run. But it’s fun nevertheless.
Some of the best stuff in this series is the little layout and the little details. Things like little pop-ups next to each character telling you their favorite drinks. It’s usually small things – though the details do often later add-up when you realize that Bobbi is a great detective.
I’ve said it before, but I’m definitely bummed knowing that the next issue is the last in this short-lived series.
I can’t even tell you how bummed I am that Mockingbird was canceled after only eight issues. I knew nothing about the series, but grabbed issue #1 thinking my wife would like it. Very quickly I found that I totally loved it and read the next four issues in one sitting. Those first five issues made up a TPB that I thought was really amazingly written. And the art! I love the art.
This sixth issue starts a new storyline that takes place on a cruise ship. It is a Civil War II tie-in (obvious from the cover) that involves Hawkeye (Bobbi’s ex-husband) being on trial for murder. Our hero Mockingbird is on the ship to meet with some mysterious figure who claims to have something that could help Hawkeye’s case. That may not paint the picture of a great story, but these Mockingbird comics are just so awesomely written. I love the style. I love the snappiness. I love Bobbi’s character.
Like I said, it sucks for me that I only have two more issues to read. I’ll probably go and check out some New Avengers stuff to get my Mockingbird fix after that.