Heroic Age

Hawkeye & Mockingbird: Back in Action

Jim McCann discusses his plans for Hawkeye and Mockingbird in their brand new Heroic Age ongoing

Share:

Comments:

By TJ Dietsch

Comics have had their fair share of troubled couples, but few can say they've dealt with separation due to alien abduction, replacement by a doppelganger and supposed death. Clint Barton and Bobbi Morse, better known as Hawkeye and Mockingbird, however can. This June, writer Jim McCann and artist David Lopez explore this courageous coupling monthly in the HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD ongoing series.

And yes, that's Hawkeye, not Ronin.

"First and foremost, I think the thing that everyone loves is that Hawkeye is back," McCann proclaims. "Clint Barton has reclaimed his place in the Marvel U, wearing the iconic costume, and firing a fistful of arrows into the hearts of fans everywhere. And to top it off, he's got the one woman who was his true love, the only woman who was ever really his equal in life and love, Mockingbird, back from the Skrulls, and in his life. Of course, not everything is perfect."

Far from it, in fact, as Mockingbird and Hawkeye will be facing off against a few familiar foes in the form of super assassin Crossfire and a person who has done more harm to Bobbi than all the Skrulls combined: The Phantom Rider.

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 cover by Paul Renaud
"These two are the perfect villains for Hawkeye and Mockingbird because they are a twisted version of them," McCann explains. "For people wondering, yes this is that Phantom Rider, the one who raped Bobbi and set the marriage between Mockingbird and Hawkeye to divorce after she let him die and lied about it to Clint. Sometimes, dead may mean dead, but that still doesn't mean you're safe. Crossfire has always had it out for Hawkeye and I think they are a great match. He's kind of been played as a fool for a while, but I'm really taking both of these villains seriously. Crossfire's ex-CIA, ruthless, and an expert marksman. I look at him as Jack Bauer with zero restraint. He's been up to something lately, and that will reveal itself here. Phantom Rider, again I don't want to spoil too much, but the sheer psychological damage that character inflicts on Mockingbird and Hawkeye just by being in their midst is devastating."

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD won't be all psychological torment and melodrama though. McCann notes that while Hawkeye will be an Avenger in the Heroic Age, Mockingbird will be working with her

World Counterterrorism Agency-WCA-compatriots to counter terrorism. Of course, Clint won't be far behind, but he'll have to deal with Bobbi being the boss for once.

"The WCA was put together by Mockingbird upon returning to Earth after Secret Invasion," McCann says. "It's a small group that has managed to grow in resources very quickly. How they've done it is only known by two people: Mockingbird and someone else who isn't named Hawkeye. The team is made of ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who were also captured and have come back to a world they didn't recognize. You'll learn how they came to be over the course of the first arc, but there are some really fun, new characters in there. Twitchy and Bangs were seen in NEW AVENGERS: THE REUNION, but not much was revealed then. [Joining them will be a] guy who is going to be trouble for everyone, and is so much fun to write: Dominic Fortune."

McCann, who worked with David Lopez on NEW AVENGERS: REUNION, the limited series which brought Clint and Bobbi back together post-Secret Invasion, has nothing but great things to say about the artist and how their working relationship has grown since then.

Hawkeye
by David Lopez

"David and I have developed a great relationship and trust each other so much," he says. "I'll write something in a script and I know that only he could pull it off the way I picture it. And then he'll turn around and take what I thought was just a side piece of the script and deliver genius. His designs are amazing. His sense of architecture is amazing. And his storytelling is the perfect, high energy, kinetic style yet he also manages to get across volumes with a single look in a panel."

After getting the ball rolling with a Hawkeye and Mockingbird segment in ENTER THE HEROIC AGE and moving the action into HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1, the floodgates of have opened in McCann's mind for what comes next.

"Everything you need to know about the tone and pace of the book will be revealed in the first issue," McCann vows. "We hit the ground running and never look back. There's action, deaths, mysteries, betrayals, high-energy super heroics, and some nasty villains. As for the future, I have so much in my mind, so many places to take them, both emotionally and literally. That's the fun with these two-Hawkeye and Mockingbird will be going directly to the trouble. They rush in to meet it head first. Sometimes that works out, and a lot of times, it is nothing like they planned. And the people that have come in and out of their lives are available to me to use in the book as well, so there will be lots of guest stars. In fact, I got to write a Clint Barton/Steve Rogers scene in the first issue.

"So, fans, hop on board. I want to take you all on a wild, crazy ride full of arrows, battle-staves, Phantoms, nightmares, mafia underworlds, backstabbing snakes in the grass, romance, heartbreak, and then some more arrows. And maybe a crazy robot down the road. Maybe. You gotta keep reading!"

 

To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit www.comicshoplocator.com

Not a subscriber to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited yet? Join now!

Download SPIDER-WOMAN and ASTONISHING X-MEN Motion Comics now on iTunes! For more information on motion comics, visit the Marvel Motion Comics hub!"

Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution""Wolverine and the X-Men""Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes" and "The Super Hero Squad Show" now on iTunes!

Check out the official Marvel Shop for your favorite Marvel Heroes!

MORE IN Heroic Age See All

MORE IN Comics See All

Comments

24 comments
MacQuarrie
MacQuarrie

I love Hawkeye; he's a large part of why I became an archery coach. But that drawing makes my head hurt. There's no way that bow can function the way it's shown; the stresses are too great. A folding bow would have to fold forward, away from the archer, not toward him. And we're not even going to discuss whatever that thing on his wrist is. Or the chain mail armor that no archer would ever wear on his bow arm. It seems to me that if a superhero's entire premise is based on something that exists in the real world, it would make sense to at least do some cursory research into how that thing operates. I'll make the same offer I always do: Free archery lessons for any comics pro in Los Angeles. Free archery consultation for any comics pro who is remotely interested in getting it at least halfway convincing-looking. www.macqarchery.com

humpa
humpa

please give hawkeye some melee weapons that he can use with his bow.a man should always be up close fighting, and not shooting from afar while his wife does the dirty work.

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

She should pull a reverse Bullseye, take on his name (after actually proving to be more of a sure shot) and, unaware of Lady Bullseye, end up clashing with her as her 'hero's trial by fire' - Naaahhhh! She'd get erased in 3.2 seconds on a good day, but as I typed 'Lady Bullseye,' it dawned on me that 'Lady Hawkeye' is a big possibity.

bcook
bcook

If Clint is Hawkeye again then what happens to Kate Bishop? She-Hawkeye Ms. Hawkeye, Hawkeye girl. What about the Young Avengers in General?Also the wrist thing looks dumb.Additionally when are they gonna adress all the women Clint's been with, some pretty recently (Echo, Scarlet Witch, Wasp)

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

[quote@heroineaddict ...Does Hawkeye have to be limited to a bow and trick arrows? Can't he be a marksman with all types of weapons?[/quote] He surely doesn't. Observe though that they made Ronin into a sword user following Green Arrow updating his fighting skill level, broadening his arsenal to swords. It made sense, not to imply everything they do with Clint follows Ollie; more to bring to the attention that Green Arrow has more recently been portrayed only reliant on bow and arrow once again (even his fighting adeptness seems to have been scaled back) and to be fair, that's what their signature weapons are so it needs to be shown as that of the character, but giving him another offensive-but-close-quarters weapon (and having it stick) would be a sensible thing to do for him. I'd prefer a bo staff over the sword mostly because Hawkeye doesn't normally set out to kill, but then he'd be considered horning in on Mockingbird's schtick, so I'm all about him having some nunchuks or escrima sticks (but they'll have to be specially souped up to actually respect that he can potentially be facing off against the likes of the Wrecking Crew or something)

ChouMystic
ChouMystic member

Mocking Bird's new uniform is amazing. It looks very modern and fitting for the times. I'm not to sure about Hawkeye. It looks a little bit too old school and dated, oh well. It doesn't seem to bother anyone else so I guess my opinion really doesn't matter, lol.

silentprocess
silentprocess

I don't see why he couldn't carry a sword somewhere.. That would be cool.. Bows aren't that great for extremely close quarters combat. But then again he's got that new wrist thingamajigger... Who knows what that does? looks like blades come out of it?? Or is that darts that it shoots out or something?

Voulge
Voulge

So when is the movie coming out ? :)

heroineaddict
heroineaddict

Dare I hope Dazzler will get to be a guest star? (Okay I've done my duty by Dazz.) I may actually give this one a go. Hawk and Mock together again. No Bendis to screw things up. Yeah, count me in. :grin: One thing though. Does Hawkeye have to be limited to a bow and trick arrows? Can't he be a marksman with all types of weapons?

silentprocess
silentprocess

Hopefully the first arc has them both come to terms with what happened and overcome the Phantom Rider, if played out right it could bring some great development to the characters and push the plot forward well.I wasn't a huge fan of Ronin just because their are already plenty of Ninja's in the MU, and I honestly really think Hawkeye is a cool character with a lush history.

Peasily
Peasily

Hate the reliance on the ol' "woman protagonist of the story was raped" plotline, though.

Peasily
Peasily

That character model sheet looks sharp! Love that Marvel is getting back to its roots and disposing of lame concepts like Ronin, created by writers who are embarrassed by superheros.Hawkeye + Mockingbird is a must buy, for me...Is WCA a nod to "West Coast Avengers?" ;-)

ebellavita77
ebellavita77

This was a great idea to continue the Reunion story. Mr. and Mrs. Barton putting a beating to terrorists. I know I'm in the very small majority if not the only one who likes Ronin over Hawkeye, its just that a black suited, sword wielding ninja is so much more intimidating then a guy with a bow and arrow and purple tights with an H on his head, I'm sure it killed Bullseye to have to wear that. I say keep the swords and the bow, and nunchucks and a bunch of other cool weapons.

Windblast
Windblast

[quote@silentprocess lol yes Agent 27... People need to buy this... Sell your children if you have to.[/quote] haha Will do. :hawkeye:

CapLivesOn
CapLivesOn

Awesome! I bet we won't see Hawkeye put an arrow in someone's head and go all murderous like another brightly colored archer.

professorhulk
professorhulk

[quote@silentprocess lol yes Agent 27... People need to buy this... Sell your children if you have to.[/quote] Duly noted. :D

silentprocess
silentprocess

lol yes Agent 27... People need to buy this... Sell your children if you have to.

ageightyeight
ageightyeight

THE FANS!Marvel has given what every Avengers/Hawkeye/Mockingbird fan has wanted since the orginal limited series. Our responsibility as readers is to buy the book. Let's make the most of this early Christmas present.Unitl Bill Foster returns as a Frost Giant and Janet Van Dyne as Valkyrie, Make Mine Marvel!

boscoe
boscoe

This is great! This is going to be a fun book, that can have a lot of drama, action, and comedy together. I can't wait.

professorhulk
professorhulk

W.C.A = Wast Coast Avengers!!!100% picking this up!Love clints outfit!!! very fond of his imprved bow. not so keen on his little wrist gadget.

Supergrakk
Supergrakk

Hawkeye is awesome, but Mockingbird.... Not so much.

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

They're giving the fans what they want it seems, and I'm glad for it. Hawkeye and Mockingbird's reunion (and Reunion) was a good move. Pity they're following on the heels of 'Green Arrow and Black Canary' for this, but they've enough differences to be unique enough to not lose steam as just a homage/satire. Hard to believe they couldn't make Hawkeye carry his own in all these years.Not as thrilled they're going to dig up Bobbi's pain straight off the bat though, it's like this couple can't catch a break. Wonder how that will impact the tone and longevity of this series. A:TR was a more fun romp of spy thriller goodness, and people liked that about it. Kinda pulls us right out of that glossy feeling with Phantom Rider around.

aelker
aelker

When I first saw WCA, I thought the West Coast Avengers were coming back with the Heroic Age.

silentprocess
silentprocess

List is going to be awesome! I'm getting this in Premiere HC or Trade whichever it comes out in! Been waiting for something like this.