A few weeks ago when I stopped by my local comic book store I bought the new Mockingbird comic by Chelsea Cain. They are calling it a “puzzle box” comic which will contain five issues, the third of which was released this week. In this series, Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird, has been injected with the super soldier serum (say that 5 times fast) and is being monitored by S.H.I.E.L.D. for side effects and health issues. The way the puzzle box is set to work is that the first issue is the end and the middle three issues fill in the blanks before the fifth issue picks up where the first left off.
First, let me tell you about my browsing experience at Asylum Comics on Thursday when I bought the third issue. I had been in the store about fifteen minutes with Mockingbird in hand, checking out the Green Arrow comics when this boy about age fifteen barges in with his mom in tow and he’s yelling – legit yelling – about Captain America. The new issue of the Captain America comic revealed that Cap is actually a secret Hydra agent. So this kid is yelling about how it can’t be true, Cap isn’t a Nazi, he has to see it to believe it, etc. etc. etc. It took everything I had to not laugh at him outright. I had been seeing a lot of uproar on Facebook, but to hear it from someone verbally was hilarious to me.
So anyway, back to Mockingbird. I am really angry that ABC nixed the new Marvel’s Most Wanted show with Adrienne Palicki and also kicked her off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so I am getting my Bobbi fix with these comics. The story is fun and Bobbi is such a smart-ass, which I love. I like all the little easter eggs in the background, also. References to Ant-Man, Deadpool, and TAHITI make me think “I understood that reference.” And there are corgis everywhere!
Basically, because Bobbie was exposed to the super serum she starts hallucinating corgis and dead old people zombies. S.H.I.E.L.D. requires her to carry around this beeper and anytime they page her she has to submit to a medical examination immediately, even if she’s in the middle of a mission. The first issue shows you the hallucinations, but doesn’t tell you why she has them or what they mean. She is just seeing them everywhere. In issue two we get to see Bobbie with Lance Hunter – she saves him from some creepy dominatrix cult. The second issue doesn’t relate to the first issue at all, because of the puzzle box theme. It takes place before the first issue and it’s kind of confusing the first time you read it. Actually, without the final two issues it’s all confusing. But it’s interesting.
The third issue, which came out this week, is also seemingly unrelated to the first issue. It focuses on female superheroes and their presence in the scheme of things. In this issue a twelve year old girl learns she has powers and is holding her friends inside a giant bubble at the top of a tall building. She doesn’t really know how to control her powers so Bobbi is trying to help her out, and when that fails she saves the girls in the bubble. I’m still confused about the overall story, but I can’t wait to get to the end to see how it all ties together.
I’ve always been drawn to the superheroes that don’t have special powers. The ones who just use their own strength and abilities and smarts and just put it to good use – Green Arrow, Hawkeye, Black Widow – as opposed to people with actual powers like Scarlet Witch, Captain America, or Damien Darhk. I still like the character with powers, mutants and inhumans, but I am so impressed with the ones who don’t have powers but can still keep up, which is why I think I like Bobbi Morse. She’s a scientist who is trained in martial arts. Until this comic series where she was exposed to super soldier serum, she just fights with her battle staves.
So, if you’re looking for something puzzling to read then this is definitely for you. I like a little challenge in the things I read so this has been a great discover for me. Knowing before I start that the issues seem unrelated, but will be tied together in the final issue is fun. I am enjoying reading through these issues and trying to figure out how this could possibly tie together at all. I also love a strong female lead and Mockingbird is just so badass. I recommend it if you like a puzzle or surprise endings.