Sunday, January 16, 2011
Sigh. Hawkeye & Mockingbird was too cool for this world. At least we get two more issues through this mini-series. It feels a bit like cheating, but hell, I'll take it.
Hawkeye and Black Widow team up and track down the new Ronin with one trail (the ninja prostitute trail) and Mockingbird and Dominic Fortune do the same through some Russian troops. It's great seeing these two groups do their thing, especially when Fortune and Mock steal a boat without a fight. They are pleasantly surprised that they are good at their jobs.
There is also a recurring theme of Mockingbird and Hawkeye quoting show tunes and movies, proving once again that they the perfect couple. Jim McCann has been driving that home since issue 1, but I'm still not tired of it.
This issue also has the big Ronin reveal. There were only a few good options. Either Trickshot or Swordsman, to give Ronin a tie to Hawkeye, or the first Red Guardian to tie the villain to Black Widow. I had been betting on Red Guardian, because he's easier to understand and the conclusion of this story was planned for the Black Widow series.
David Lopez's art is still awesome. I do wish I could have seen him try to do Mockingbird's old costume. I like this big baggy look, but you can't beat that Black Cat-y mask from her classic suit.