Mockingbird #1
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Mockingbird #1

Writer: Chelsea Cain Artist: Kate Niemczyk Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 9, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 14
7.9Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! Now in her own ongoing series!
Bobbi Morse is Mockingbird, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most versatile, most in-demand agent!
But a string of missions gone wrong indicate that something strange is lurking within S.H.I.E.L.D.'s own medical and recovery network. How far will Mockingbird have to go in order to solve this puzzle box and get to the truth? Bestselling author Chelsea Cain teams with newcomer Kate Niemczyk.
Rated T+

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Russ Dobler Mar 9, 2016

    Mockingbird #1 is a tour de force of humor, intrigue, creative chemistry, science and skepticism unlike anything you'll see this year. It's a book that inquires as it appeals and so subtly provokes thought between laughs that the reader may not even realize they've been conned into critically considering the material. Bobbi Morse might be full of it when she asserts, “I am not a superhero,” but Mockingbird #1 is so much more than just a superhero book. It's a beautiful conundrum. The impossible melding of art and rigor. It's the complete package. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 9, 2016

    My biggest complaint is that "Mockingbird" is a limited series, because -- with a creative team this strong -- we deserve to see a lot more from all parties involved. I hope the remaining issues are just as much fun, but -- no matter what happens from this point on -- "Mockingbird" #1 is a dynamite debut from Cain, Niemczyk and Rosenberg. Two big, big thumbs up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Joel Raivid Mar 8, 2016

    Overall, this debut issue was a lot of fun to read, and one I can definitely recommend to both new and old fans of Mockingbird. Not only is it a fun read, it truly has the making to be as big a success as the recent Ms Marvel in terms of the uniqueness of both the script and the art. And because of that I have no doubt that this will be a hit series and I will be following it closely. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Mar 30, 2016

    The female half of the super hero world may be getting a lot of attention lately, and I do think some of them will be just a flash in the pan, dropped the next time the market sways in the wind. Mockingbird is one I hope to see around after that, and one I feel absolutely deserves to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Mar 10, 2016

    This is a very different first issue, but a very enjoyable one. I wasn't looking to add any more comics to my regular list (I am supposed to be saving for a wedding") but dammit Marvel you've done it again! Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 9, 2016

    Mockingbird's new series could have been a simple effort to cash in on the character's recent mainstream exposure. Luckily, it's something much more ambitious and unique than that. This first issue ditches convention and employs a compelling, purposely disjointed structure to offer a glimpse into Bobbi Morse's crazy life. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Mar 10, 2016

    And, hey, any book that features a nearly all-female creative team deserves a look and this issue doesn't disappoint, bringing a fresh and interesting tone to a character that needs an approach like this to differentiate her from the copious other lady super-spies out there. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Mar 15, 2016

    While this may not be the Mockingbird you expect. It is the Mockingbird you need. (Heh Batman) This awesome team has delivered something that is truly cool. All the changes and problems that Mockingbird is going through haven't been explored anywhere else and this gives us a great insight into the problems Bobbi has to deal with. Cain has done a great and gripping story, she is taking risks but so far it seems totally worth it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 13, 2016

    It's an odd take on the character - and perhaps not for everyone - but I actually enjoyed it. We'll have to read a few more issues to get the whole picture, but so far the mystery - and the humor - make this a fun comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 9, 2016

    This may not be the Mockingbird book you expected, but you'll be surprised to find it's the one you secretly wanted. Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, and Rachelle Rosenberg have given us something different, and it's pretty cool. Mockingbird has gone through some changes recently, but we haven't really seen them explored in other books. This series throws readers into the story, and Cain takes a different and fascinating approach with the character. This book is clearly taking some risks, and they are clearly paying off. It's going to be a blast seeing how all the pieces fall in place. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Mar 16, 2016

    Kate's art throughout works for this story and she includes plenty of jokes on the page. Mockingbird continues Marvel's purposeful approach in infusing humor into many of it's titles and it works here, mostly because of Kate's art. There's subtle humor in the waiting room scenes and Kate also draws the humor in the artistic props like "how do you feel" cards and more. Cain and Niemczyk have taken a risk with this first issue and for me, I think it was a smart one. Mockingbird isn't as innocent as a Patsy Walker or Squirrel Girl and would fall closer to Marvel's recent She-Hulk series which is a good thing! I'm on board for the rest of this mini-series and am glad I'll be reading it in single issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Mar 10, 2016

    Mockingbird #1 is overloaded with personality and unique approach to storytelling. I'm tempted to call Cain a rising star over at Marvel, but her fiction output extends into the '90s with a litany of novels" to that extent, I think it makes sense why this comic reads like it's written by someone with confidence even though she has only a few credits in the comics medium. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Kelly Richards Mar 14, 2016

    With Mockingbird, Cain, Niemczyk and Rosenberg set out to create something different. Something unlike the rest of Marvel's current stable of heroes and spies, and it is not unfair to say that they have gone above and beyond. Mockingbird is tense while remaining lighthearted, beautifully illustrated, and will no doubt leave readers guessing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 8, 2016

    When I first sat down to read this book, I had initially planned to give Mockingbird #1 a lower score - but as I read and reread this issue, I realized that very few superhero books result in this kind of brain-teaser of a read. If there's a word I would use to describe this debut, it would be deliberate - I don't think any of the choices in this book were made out of haste or desperation, but instead this book feels like very dedicated attempt to get inside our heads. It might not be the spy thriller you'd expect out of Mockingbird, but I'd still call this first issue a serious mission accomplished. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Mar 15, 2016

    Female led books are something that Marvel are doing extremely well at the moment, with a raft of variety from Ms. Marvel to A-Force, each one looking to carve a niche for themselves. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Mar 10, 2016

    This book is a fun read, it surprises you with the complexity and nuances presented to Bobbi Morse that shows she is going to be a multifaceted character. Cains first Marvel book is a well-written first issue that definitely leaves readers wanting to put this title on their monthly pull list. The story telling is so strong in this first issue of Mockingbird #1 that it can forgive the sexualized depiction of the main character. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Mar 9, 2016

    Mockingbird #1 feels like a bit of a wobbly first step, but by the end of it, that foot is planted on the ground. Now all we have to do is wait for the next issue to see if that planted foot pushes us into a walk, a run, or whimsical skipping. The rest of this story will shade the success of this first issue, but taken on its own, it needs a little bit more Mockingbird. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 8, 2016

    As a first issue, this didn't hook me in the way other comics have, but that doesn't make it bad at all, it's just a slower start. Cain admits this is just a small piece of the bigger picture, so I'm not expecting a full personal judgement until I've read the first arc, or at least a few more issues. If you're willing to do that, then you might want to check this out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Mar 11, 2016

    If it seems like I'm having trouble coming up with things to say about this issue it's because I kind of am. This issue makes a really good argument about the futility of reviewing single issues of a story that are so clearly written for trade collections. Going back to that letter in the back, Cain runs down the arc; issues #2-4 will depict events alluded to in issue #1, then #5 will follow up on how this issue ends. With that said, it makes it really hard to judge this issue on its own because if I did that, i'd say it's a confusing mess. But it's not so much of a confusing mess to be completely alienating. I feel like I really went after this issue, but I do want to know what happens! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Black Nerd Problems - L.E.H. Light Mar 11, 2016

    The art is a work in progress. At times, the perspective is skewed even for a genre famous for improbable perspectives. At all times, however, Mockingbird looks badass, physically strong, socially confident, intellectually curious. This is a woman who's been in the shit, but never on her own, with her own plot and direction. Now here she is. Let's see how this puzzle box unfolds. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Mar 10, 2016

    There is something ailing Mockingbird #1 and it isn't the Super-Soldier Serum. Read Full Review

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