Today’s Super Comic — Mockingbird #4 (2016)

mockingbird-4I see what they did there. Hawkeye is cast as the scantily-clad damsel in distress, and the fully clothed Mockingbird comes to his rescue.

This kind of thing should happen more often—well, not the scantily clad part, as no one in a comic ever needs to be scantily clad. But women should be saving men as much as men save women.

While that’s the more obvious feminist hook of Mockingbird #4, there’s another that I would think is even more important—the fact that Bobbi Morse is getting greater character development than she’s ever received. In the books I’ve read, she’s primarily served the role of Hawkeye’s wife or ex-wife. For the first time, she comes alive as her own character.

And in addition to all that, this is a solid, engaging comic with a great sense of humor.

Writer: Chelsea Cain

Penciler: Kate Niemczyk

Inker: Sean Parsons

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: recent back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Mockingbird vol. 1: I Can Explain (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 13 and up