Monday, September 19, 2016

Mockingbird #7 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday

Maritime Murder

Written By: Chelsea Cain
Art By: Kate Niemczyk, Sean Parsons, Rachelle Rosenberg, Joe Caramagna
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 14, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

We continue our Civil War tie-ins with this issue of Mockingbird and as we saw from the previous issue, it's all about trying to get evidence to clear Clint Barton of the murder of Bruce Banner.  This of course leads to wacky hijinks since the person with the information wants to play cloak and dagger on a cruise for Hawkeye fans.  Over the course of the last issue, Bobbi found herself in meeting after meeting with this mysterious figure, wearing a horse head mask, but after all of that, she never got the evidence she needed and by the time she decided to take matters into her own hands and confront this wanna-be reverse centaur......... he was found murdered in his cabin.  Now it's up to Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse to get to the bottom of this and hopefully come up with the proof they need to clear Hawkeye before the jury deliberates.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Bobbi's detective skills are up to snuff.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Hunter and Bobbi being questioned by the Captain of the vessel and even though Hunter is trying to play dumb about the whole thing, Bobbi is just throwing it out there straight.  Now I don't know if the Captain just likes a straight shooter or if she actually recognized Bobbi as Mockingbird, but to my surprise, Bobbi and Hunter are made ship detectives in order to get to the bottom of this murder........ and for me, that's where the majority of the fun ends in my mind.  

Yeah, it tries to be fun, with Bobbi and Hunter investigating this murder, but the comedy of the situation just didn't work for me.  We've got a bartender, who remembers everyone's drinks, a slew of suspects all ranked in a RPG style for their skills and attributes and items strewn around the cabin that are meant to be clues, but ultimately don't lead to anything.  Another thing that doesn't go anywhere in this issue is the ship sailing into the Bermuda Triangle.......... but maybe that was just to make sure that radio and TV signals couldn't be picked up or sent out, giving our hero a sense of isolation, but all in all this murder mystery just makes me think that I don't want to see Mockingbird involved in a murder mystery.

In the end, we eventually learn that all of this, including the cruise, Hunter's involvement and the murder were all set up by Bobbi's biggest foe, The Phantom Rider, who after all the exorcisms in the past has found a way to return again and seems to want Bobbi more than ever........... Which in case you don't know, is what he's all about and the two even had a fucked up backstory, where the Phantom Rider pretty much took away Bobbi's ability to say no to terrible, terrible things.  While this is a huge reveal for the character and this story, the means in which we got there just came off ridiculous and didn't really make much sense.  

That's it for this issue of Mockingbird and while I love this series, I can't say that I enjoyed this issue very much because it just goes on and on with this murder mystery and by the end we find out that none of it really matters because it was all a setup by the Phantom Rider....... and I'm still confused on how that character was able to set up all the things that he did because it just seems like convoluted nonsense just to give us some funny moments and situations leading us to our big reveal......... which is a big reveal, but it feels like we could have gotten there in a more realistic way.  As always though, I loved the art in this book and look forward to it every issue and now that it seems that the story is taking a darker turn, I can't wait to see what the entire creative team give us in the next issue.

Bits and Pieces:

There's certainly a bunch of nonsense to get us to our ending in this one folks and while the ending may be big enough to overlook the rest.......... and since this series kind of prides itself on nonsense, you might be able to get into it, but the comedy that I usually enjoy in this series just doesn't hit here to me and the situation just seems slapped together to get us to our next story.  Thankfully though, I really want to see that story and the art throughout getting us there was amazing.  


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