I want to believe…in mer-corgis
Chelsea Cain (W), Kate Niemczyk (P), Rachelle Rosenberg (CA)
Cover by Joelle Jones and Rachelle Rosenberg
Publisher: Marvel Comics
*This ties in to Civil War II
You know, when I was planning this review while reading Mockingbird #8, I was really intending to bring the thunder. Not because this comic is bad, in fact, I really enjoyed it. I was going to bring the thunder because of the hateful bullshit that has been slung at writer Chelsea Cain on Twitter because of the cover.
Just so we’re clear, it is all because of the cover. When I first heard about the stupid overflow of meninist fee-fees being stepped on (meninist isn’t a typo, that’s actually a thing some men actually identify themselves as), I assumed that the comic itself had some sort of pro-feminist leaning or message. That’s still not a frigging excuse to harass anyone, but it makes the outrage minutely less stupid. But no, the comic really doesn’t taut feminism beyond being about a strong and interesting female character. So, the fury is all about the cover, for the love of God. Now I really do know for a fact that these idiotic keyboard warriors typing hateful shit at Chelsea Cain really did just look at the cover, saw her name, and decided that she was the target of their emotionally stunted, antisocial wrath for the day.
Here’s the thing, even if it were the most politically charged comic ever or if it were completely unreadable dreck, that’s still not reason enough to harass someone. There is no reason to harass anyone, ever. It doesn’t prove your point. It doesn’t make you look any better or your target worse. It just makes you look like an absolute jackass.
Okay, I guess I still had some thunder to bring.
Above all else though, I’m just sad. This gets to sit alongside the harassment of Nick Spencer and Joss Whedon to make this a trend instead of a few odd occurrences. And on top of all this, #8 is the last issue of Mockingbird. That makes it all a little sadder. I like Bobbi Morse a lot. I thought the first issue was a solid comic. It wasn’t on my pull list, but I was hoping to see this comic go on for a while. I think Mockingbird could make for a solid solo series, and this issue really proved it. But, now the conversation has to be about how stupid people are and less about how good this comic is.
And this comic was really good, make no mistake.
It picks up with Bobbi Morse on cruise ship called the Diamond Porpoise, which is currently sailing through the Bermuda Triangle. The Phantom Rider has returned to try to “win back” Bobbi Morse.
For those who don’t know some older Avengers lore, Mockingbird was taken back in time to the old west on one adventure. During this time, she sparked a brief romantic flame with the Phantom Rider, Lincoln Slade. This ended when he tried to force himself on her, and Bobbi let him fall to his death. Being a phantom, he has returned from time to time to haunt Mockingbird ever since.
He always has to inhabit a descendent to do this, and, as it turns out, the porter comes from his cousin’s line. Some nerdy friends of Bobbi attempt to stop him, and the most that is accomplished is the driving away of the Phantom Rider’s horse, Banshee.
Eventually, Bobbi convinces Slade that it is completely over, and he knocks her into the ocean. He goes after her but dissipates in the sea. Bobbi is saved by honest-to-God mer-corgis and taken to an island resort. She is eventually met by her current romantic flame, Hunter. The comic ends with the two of them and Clint Barton relaxing at a ski resort.
This comic is freaking delightful. The story is really funny, Bobbi is enjoyable, and it gets surprisingly meaningful at times. I enjoyed the hell out of it.
There are a lot of memorable moments: from progressive feminist undead pirates (uh-oh, better harass them too) to freaking MER-CORGIS. Lincoln Slade is a good villain on which to end a series about Mockingbird. He highlights one of the most difficult moments in Bobbie Morse’s history. He is made to look a bit incompetent in this issue, but it fits the tone of the comic book. Plus, it’s not like the Phantom Rider has a lengthy and stoic history to uphold. It does give a decent character moment where Bobbi does try to sympathize with him somewhat, giving a human moment to the villain. That was appreciated and adds a layer of complexity to the proceedings.
The worst thing I can say about comic is that it relies on random humor a bit too much. A lot of the jokes seem to come from nowhere, but it’s ridiculous enough to get a solid laugh out of me.
The art is solid. The figures look good. The colors are bright. It is an all-around fine-looking comic.
This comic is pretty damn good. It’s funny, endearing, and just plain fun. It fills the reader in enough on the series and characters that you don’t need to be a close follower of the series to understand it. I recommend it.
It certainly wasn’t worth harassing someone over. Then again, nothing is worth harassing someone over, as I’ve previously said. This comic is fun and harmless. For the love of God people, calm yourselves.
Final Score: 8/10