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Hawkeye & Mockingbird: Rebuilding the Nest

Jim McCann prepares for the full-time return of Marvel's most daring duo

By Jim Beard

It's only fitting that one of Marvel's most dynamic and darling couples, Hawkeye and Mockingbird, wings your way via the dashing duo who put them back together when writer Jim McCann and artist David Lopez proudly kick off HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 on June 3-and according to McCann it's going to be quite a flight.

"Basically, all you need to know is the following," he says. "Hawkeye is a guy with a cocky, wisecracking exterior, impetuous, and despite-or perhaps because of-everything he's gone through over the years, he is loving being back as Hawkeye, and is the world's greatest marksman, something he's achieved on his own without any super powers.

"Mockingbird is an incredibly strong female character who also possesses amazing skills she has gained through hard work and determination, was

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 preview art by David Lopez
thought dead but is back now after being held captive on an alien plant for years, doesn't recognize the world around her that has moved on since she left, has returned to her spy-based roots, and is leading her own group of spies now. Simple, right?"

McCann classifies these heroes as "incredibly relatable characters," noting that their flaws make them two of the most human characters in the Marvel Universe.

"They are the people we can aspire to be," he notes. "They can make mistakes, contradict themselves, get up and dust themselves off, and go back at it with more gusto than before. They are what I like to call 'Everyone's Heroes.'

"Together, Hawkeye and Mockingbird are each others' mirror; they compliment and infuriate each other. They both get in trouble over their heads and improvise their way out. They eloped years ago, but are not married now-presumably dying does that to a marriage-and so they are trying the one thing they never did: date. They are trying to prove to themselves and each other that this can work, both in action and in the bedroom. Together, they are the Mr. & Mrs. Smith of the Marvel Universe!"

After their turn in the recent NEW AVENGERS: THE REUNION, McCann and Lopez can't wait to lure the lovers into new adventures, some of which might get a bit dicey with the dangerous derring-do.

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 preview art by David Lopez
"The trouble they get into is explosive," McCann promises. "That's their dynamic, personally and as a duo. So they tend to find themselves in situations that escalate far more quickly than anticipated. Its part of the thrill-seeking nature they both have; that sense of danger that brings out the best and worst in them both. As for getting out of trouble, they make it up as they go along and pray for the best!"

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD exists squarely in the Avengers corner of the Marvel U, adding an extra layer of excitement for readers. Not only can one expect to see Avengers popping in and out of the new series, but new characters will also make their bows and begin to weave their ties to our high-flying stars.

"They've both been Avengers and have participated in major events in the Marvel Universe," reminds McCann. "In HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 you see both Steve Rogers and Bucky, and in the coming stories you will see a lot of familiar faces. As for villains, the same holds true-lots of classics and a few new surprises. Crossfire and Phantom Rider are the main baddies in the first storyline and they play a huge role in defining the direction this book will take.

"I'm very excited about the new Phantom Rider. As fans discover the mystery around this character, I think they will really dig it. And Dominic Fortune is a member of Mockingbird's new spy team-the World Counterterrorism Agency, or W.C.A.-and the role he plays in the series is

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 preview art by David Lopez
integral in so many ways. Love that character. There are other members of the W.C.A. that are completely brand new and I love each of them for various reasons. When you see them in action, you'll understand why."

As much as McCann remains excited about the characters in the book, it's his artistic and editorial team on the series for whom he reserves the highest acclaim.

"David Lopez is incredible," he says. "He takes the script and it's like one of those relationships where someone can finish your sentences, but do it better than you could. His art is bold, dynamic, emotional-everything this book is and more. I can't imagine a better partner in this. If you liked his work in NEW AVENGERS: THE REUNION, wait until you see this! And if you missed that [series], pick up this book. David Lopez is a superstar. Seriously! And Alvaro Lopez's inks combined with Nathan Fairbairn's colors make this a visual feast for readers. Add in assistant editor Rachel Pinnelas and Editor Bill Rosemann as first mate and captain of this comic book ship, and you have an incredible book! Hope you guys love reading it as much as we all love working on it!"


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