Marvel’s Mockingbird Finally Getting Her Own Ongoing Comic Title
If you’ve been thinking that Mockingbird deserves her own comic, you are not alone. Marvel thinks the same thing, and it’s all happening!
Writer Chelsea Cain and artist Kate Niemczyk are teaming up to bring us the first-ever ongoing title for Bobbi Morse following her one-shot for the S.H.I.E.L.D 50th Anniversary. Cain is thrilled to finally be giving Mockingbird her own narrative. In a statement at Marvel.com, Cain says:
Until [the S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: MOCKINGBIRD] one-shot she’d never had her own book—and even the one-shot was part of the 50th Anniversary of S.H.I.E.L.D. thing. She’s been really underserved by the Marvel Universe. She’s always appeared in other people’s stories, serving their narratives. So I love the idea of giving her a chance to be the center of a story and to really have some agency.
Cain also explains her kinship to the character:
I’m drawn to Bobbi because she’s a terrific character—she’s brainy and cool and confident, and quick with a quip. In fact it turns out we have a few traits in common. We’re not big sharers. We’re control freaks. And we’ve both been married to Clint Barton. I mean, what are the odds?
Lastly, she talks about Mockingbird being a female hero who’s equally comfortable with sex and being badass, and finding the perfect artist to capture that in Kate Niemczyk:
It was really important to me that we find someone who could equal her in talent and style. Kate draws really beautiful, strong women. It’s kind of her specialty. Bobbi is sexy—and she’s comfortable with sex—and I want to show that and at the same time avoid objectifying her. She’s strong. She’s physically competent. And Kate can draw a woman in a metal bikini and thigh highs and somehow make her look completely in control and badass. So obviously we’re going to get along fine.
The first five issues of her new ongoing will be dealing with the fallout after Director Fury saved Bobbi with Super Soldier Serum and Infinity Formula. The arc will explore her getting weekly treatment at a sort of superhero clinic. This particular plot point really tickled Cain:
I loved the idea of this medical clinic for super heroes—a place where they go to get stitched up and get their Prozac refilled. And the waiting room would be full of bored heroes leafing through old issues of ‘Us Weekly.’ Would Bobbi uncover a conspiracy in that sort of environment? Well she is good at ferreting out conspiracies having been subjected to them a number of times herself. Frankly she’s a little sensitive about that. But the books will also show Bobbi on her personal time, and off having Bond-level adventures—the Roger Moore years.
Mockingbird will be dropping next year. Will you be picking it up? But more importantly, what magazines do YOU think Bobbi would pick up in the waiting room?
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