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Comic Book Review – Mockingbird, Volume 1: I Can Explain

We’ve been over the controversy regarding the series and how much of a jerk some of comics fandom can be, but I really want to talk about the Mockingbird comic, too.  IT’S GREAT.  Snarky, action-filled, mysterious, fun.  Bobbi herself gets to shine – it’s not often she does, having been used quite often in the “Hawkeye’s wife/ex-wife” role – and the humor is on point.

The story covers Bobbi (Genius Scientist Spy Martial Artist) developing some weird powers…or is she?  In the course of her investigation she ends up rescuing both Lance Hunter and Clint Barton, runs into Howard the Duck and Miles Morales, and has to deal with zombies, corgis, and the Queen of England.  She might smash a patriarchy or three along the way.

Chelsea Cain writes Bobbi with a singular voice, and the art from Kate Niemczyk (with Rachelle Rosenberg colors) is fun.  Mockingbird is tall and buff and gorgeous.  There are tons of little details to pick out of the background, things that make sense or inform the story or just provoke a laugh.  The middle issues can be read in any order, and I suggest reading multiple times to get everything.

If any of this sounds like you, check out Mockingbird Volume 1.

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Comics Twitter is a JERK!

Subtitled “Ask me about MY feminist agenda”.

The thing about this whole mess I don’t get is, why do the misogynist man-babies get so wound up about a book they didn’t read?  They are gleefully vile in attacking Chelsea Cain after the cancellation of the Mockingbird series, and the preview of Joelle Jones’s cover to Mockingbird #8 seen in part above.  Why?  Why are they so threatened by the idea of a comic book series not directly aimed at them?

I’m late to Mockingbird, mostly because I didn’t have a ton of cash for comics over the past year or so, but I’ve read it up as the issues have hit Marvel Unlimited and it’s quite a bit of fun, enough that I’m going to get the trades.  The thing is, if I hadn’t liked it I could just…not read it.  Even if I had bought the first issue, and not liked it, I’m out, like $4.  I could MOVE ON and not make my whole life about the fact that a woman wrote (or drew or colored or lettered) a comic that was not specifically targeted to me.  The fact that Hellcat exists doesn’t actually stop me from reading Iron Man or Batman.  Your local comic shop isn’t going to smack that issue of Superman out of your hand, rip a five-spot from your wallet, and stuff an issue of Lumberjanes in your bag whether you want it or not.  Look, I guarantee comic companies don’t want to replace your manly comics with feminist ones, they want to sell BOTH.  They will make more of whatever sells.  Marvel would put out 100 books a week if they all sold 50k copies.  They don’t, so some books go on, and some get cancelled.  Mockingbird didn’t find an audience, but the correct response shouldn’t be to crow about it and harass the creators behind it beyond all reasonable endurance.  You should be celebrating that a company is willing to try something different than just another comic about a white guy punching bad guys because his parents died.

There is no excuse for what happened to Chelsea Cain, or any other person who has been chased off or had vile insults and threats leveled at them for the ‘crime’ of doing something in a formerly male-dominated space.  Don’t give in to the impulse to gatekeep ‘others’ out of your hobby, and seriously, don’t take your hobby so seriously that you think abusing strangers is a good idea.  I get really tired of being a part of fandoms that act like this (I’m a gamer too).  I plan to be a better ally, and so should you.

Anybody who wants to check out Chelsea Cain’s work, see the below:

  1. Mockingbird, Volume 1:  I Can Explain
  2. Mockingbird, Volume 2:  My Feminist Agenda
  3. Heartsick
  4. One Kick

Go ahead, step outside your comfort zone.  You may just be glad you did.

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Agents of SHIELD Recap – S03E06 Among Us Hide…

This show, man.  It gets you turned around.  It became clear that Lash wasn’t just some random person – Andrew was a possibility to be the killer Inhuman, but I dismissed him.  But there you are.  And this reveal leaves me with a ton of questions.  Is he one of the recent Inhumans created by the fish oil?  It seems like they want us to think that but he sure does seem to have a handle on it better than the other newbs.  Does he remember everything he does as Lash?  The change appears voluntary so I imagine so.  Why wouldn’t he kill Daisy?  The best thing that came from this is seeing Agent May’s veneer crack – this discovery is devastating to her.

Coulson gets to see the ATCU facility, and it turns out that they are basically freezing Inhumans in carbonite until Rosalind can find a ‘cure’ for them.  It looks bad though, especially to Mack and Daisy who are seeing (but not hearing) what’s going on.  They found there way there thanks to Hunter, who everyone is freaking pissed at over the whole ‘almost got Andrew killed’ thing.  Just wait until he finds out Andrew is Lash!  Hunter is a delight, basically blundering his way through the episode and mucking things up in exactly the right way.  He manages to ice Rosalind’s second in command WHILE Coulson is with her, and may have planted seeds of doubt about Will in Fitz’s head.  Get this guy a costume.

The May/Mockingbird team-up is everything we hoped for from this show, and I can’t wait for next week.  Is Andrew/Lash truly evil?  Agents of SHIELD messes with those expectations a lot (see Hyde) so it’ll be interesting to see where that goes.

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Agents of SHIELD Recap – S03E03 A Wanted (Inhu)man

Agents of SHIELD continues to spin multiple plates each episode, but all of the storylines are still interesting.  This time around, the ATCU outs Lincoln as an alien threat on TV, and Daisy and Mack try to go to the rescue.  Lincoln reaches out to his AA sponsor for help, and it seems to go okay until the guy turns on his TV.  Oops.  Lincoln gives him a little zap to knock him out…but it gives his buddy a heart attack.  He’s unable to save him, and it leaves our blandest Inhuman standing over a dead body when the ATCU and SHIELD arrive.  While this is happening, Coulson meets up with Rosalind, and after a humorous moment where Phil’s caught ogling…her car (get your mind out of the gutter), they get down to brass tacks – Rosalind has pictures of Daisy at the hospital too, but hasn’t released them yet.  This leads to some tense moments where Lincoln almost gets handed over to the ATCU, and when that fails, they nearly take off with Daisy.  In the end, Coulson trades away something potentially more valuable to Rosalind – his knowledge.  This morally gray dealing is a solid build-up to Civil War, and very reminiscent of the SHIELD from the comics.

The next spinning plate is the May and Hunter show.  Hunter’s got a buddy with an in to HYDRA, but Lance has to fight in a no-holds-barred fighting tournament.  All well and good until his opponent is revealed to be that buddy.  Hunter and ‘Spud’ beat each other to a bloody pulp, and Lance is about to lose until he slips on some brass knuckles and unloads on Spud.  In a parallel to Lincoln’s story, Spud ends up dead.  This apparently is enough to get Hunter an audience with Ward’s second in command.  And don’t worry about May, she got to beat the snot out of three guys who tried to corner her to assault her.

The final spinning plate is the Fitz/Simmons saga.  Simmons is back but is still jumpy as hell, every bright light and noise setting her on edge.  Six months on an alien planet being hunted will do that to you.  Fitz tries to get her back to work – after all, that helped him – but comes to realize after a chat with Mockingbird that maybe Simmons needs something different.  They go to a nice dinner, and bond over a good cry.  So it’s a surprise when Bobbi finds Simmons in the lab, poking and prodding the remnants of the monolith.  But Simmons doesn’t want to hear it’s inert – she WANTS to go back!

  • Obviously the big questions is, why does Simmons want to go back to the alien world?  Is someone else there?  Some other discovery?  An important artifact?  BRUCE BANNER?
  • Lincoln still being in the wind is a surprise too – I think most of us assumed he’d be the first ‘Secret Warrior’ recruited.
  • I definitely get an Abigail Brand vibe from Rosalind – I’m not sure if she’s available to the MCU since she was created in an X-comic but that’s who I think of when she’s on screen (or the comic version of Maria Hill).

Next week brings back Lash, and sees at least one more new Inhuman appearing.

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Agents of SHIELD Recap – S03E01 Laws of Nature

I’ve got a bit of free time on my hands, so I am going to try and write more – and I thought I’d start recapping some of my favorite shows.  First up, Agents of SHIELD!

AoS season two dealt with the Inhumans, and the fact that Skye (now known by her real name, Daisy Johnson), was one of them.  It ended with Jemma Simmons sucked into a Kree monolith, Coulson with his arm chopped off, Ward looking to take over HYDRA, and May taking off.  And oh yeah, Terrigen seeping into the oceans, potentially setting off Terrigenesis in every potential Inhuman.

In fact, Season 3 kicks off with a scene of a normal dude fresh from his Terrigenesis – Joey (gotta be a version of The Melter, right?) is turning metal to liquid all over the place, but he doesn’t mean to.  He’s terrified, and it doesn’t help when a black-ops team rolls up.  Daisy, Mack, and Hunter show up to extract Joey however, and we get to see the full power of ‘Quake’.  Though she isn’t yet called that.  This show needs Cisco from the Flash to pop by to give everybody their names.  Coulson is on hand (ha!) to snap a picture of the leader of the opposing team so they can identify her.

This leads to two separate scenes that dovetail together nicely – Mack and Daisy are sent to get Lincoln back to help deal with Joey’s transition (they kind of stink at it), while Coulson and Hunter attempt to capture the shadowy lady in charge of the black ops team.  Coulson and Hunter get the tables turned on them, but it’s okay as Rosalind (as she is calling herself this time around) is talking, not shooting.  As they flirt/banter, both Coulson and Rosalind figure out the the other is NOT, in fact, the one killing Inhumans…and Lincoln, Daisy and Mack meet who is:Lash

This is Lash, a fairly recent addition to the comics.  I chose this panel specifically as I am fairly certain Lash’s motivations in the comics will match up with his AoS version – that all of the new Inhumans popping up are not worthy of Terrigenesis.  The three heroes barely escape Lash after Daisy cleverly uses her powers to drop him through the floor, while Coulson and Hunter engineer their escape when Rosalind is distracted.

There’s also a running story with Fitz, travelling the world looking for clues on getting Jemma back from the monolith.  He’s got little to lose, and risks his life to get a scroll from arms dealers, only for it to turn out to be less than helpful.  When he finally gets back to SHIELD, he breaks down, busting in to the sealed room where the monolith is, and has an epic freakout.  For a lot of other guys, it would come off as corny or over the top, but Iain De Caestecker as Fitz pulls it off.  The show ends with Simmons running from her life on what appears to be an alien moon.  She’s cut, and she smears mud on it quickly which seems to indicate an animal is chasing her?  And is she in orbit of Hala, perhaps?

It was a great start to the season, and I’m dying to get more on what is happening with Simmons.  And May.  And Ward.  And the “ATCU” (HAMMER?  SWORD?).

Random thoughts:

  • A shotgun-axe sounds like the lamest Final Fantasy weapon
  • Lincoln shares a last name with one of the names Coulson and the team found ‘Rosalind’ under – her real name, and her son is Lincoln?  Or a red herring?
  • The laws of nature getting broken came up a lot, and all I could think of was this:

Darren Cross 2

Now, I don’t think Cross survived his trip to the microverse, so it’s mostly just coincidental, but it was fun to ponder.  On to next week!