Two Avengers and an Authority

New Avengers: The Reunion #1 by Jim McCann, The Mighty Avengers #22 by Dan Slott, and The Authority Vol 5 #8 by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

The New Avengers: The Reunion #1 The Mighty Avengers #22 The Authority #8

Erica gives this comic three starsNew Avengers: The Reunion #1 by Jim McCann

I bought this comic for two reasons: a) the cover at and b) it’s a comic that promises to be about Mockingbird. And let’s face it, I will probably try the comic if it features of a woman as the main character. I don’t know a lot about Mockingbird’s backstory, except for the basics: married to Clint, part of the West Coast Avengers, replaced by a Skrull, and presumed dead when that Skrull was killed.

I kept bouncing around as I read the issue over whether or not I liked this title. I wasn’t impressed with David Lopez’s art inside, except some of the depictions of Mockingbird. I thought Bucky was the worst, given that Lopez didn’t even draw enough detail to give Bucky his bionic arm.

Clint’s characterization kept bouncing around from the arrogance he had as Hawkeye and his determination to protect Bobbi to where his character is currently in canon. And maybe that was McCann showing how Bobbi brought up those old habits inside of Clint.

I did love the secret spy espionage feel of Bobbi’s mission, whatever it will be revealed to be. However, I felt like the story was pulling in two directions too much as currently Clint and Bobbi have a huge distance between them. Even though McCann brought up GPSs, cell phones, and Grey’s Anatomy to remind us and the characters how long Bobbi has been gone for. I loved, loved Bobbi’s secret hideout and her arsenal and the Emma Peel effect of her new costume. I’m curious to see how the next issue goes and hoping for some more back story about just what the heck happened to Mockingbird since she died all those years ago.

Erica gives this comic three starsThe Mighty Avengers #22 by Dan Slott

I think I’m suffering from a disconnect with this comic. The shift from Bendis to Slott is really noticeable as those two authors have very different writing styles. Bendis goes for the “dark” and adult writing with a hardcore team, whereas Slott is a lighter writer who likes to bring the funny and wacky, while creating a family-style team. I like both their styles, but I felt like going from one writer to the other, there was no transitional moment.

I’m happy to see Slott using some of my favorite side characters like Amadeus Cho, Bova, and Stature. And that Marvel has decided it’s time to tie up the loose ends of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Hey, that’s exciting too. Oooh, and bringing Jarvis back is great.

I trust Slott enough that I’m interested to see where this title goes under his pen. It may bring back a lighter tone to the Avengers, but with two to five Avengers’ titles going on, that might not be a bad thing.

Erica gives this comic three starsThe Authority Vol 5 #8 by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

As much as I was amused by Midnighter as Vicar in this issue, I haven’t really gotten how this moves the plot forward. (The Authority beat up people trying to beat them up all the time.) I guess in some ways even seeing a bit of hyper-normal provides hope that the apocalypse can end. I did love the touch of Swift pouring the tea.

It does say a lot about Midnighter that he would get agitated and irritated even to have a week off the job. And curious that he wouldn’t have started knocking around heads for answers. Or you know, no one made a mention of Apollo. Just saying.

0 Replies to “Two Avengers and an Authority”

  1. So I finally got around to reading both Reunion and Might Avengers. I don’t know much about Mockingbird, but like you, I’ll pick something up if it features a female lead. I’ve also always liked Hawkeye (although I want to know what’s happened to Katie Bishop!). I really liked the spy feel to it and I’ll be buying the next issue to see where it goes.

    As for Mighty Avengers, I’m about to drop it from my pull list. In spite of a mammoth crossover, the title has really lost me the last four issues. It seems quite… directionless. With Marvel having just raised their prices, I have to be choosier about what I buy, given most days I leave a comic shop with no less than 7 or 8 books.

    1. @paxm — Yes, it would be awesome to know what happened to Katie. Though Hawkeye does mention in New Avengers (the main title) that he only wants himself or Katie running around calling himself/herself Hawkeye. (Bullseye took the title for the Dark Avengers.)

      I have about 6 or so more issues on my subscription (some of my books I get directly from Marvel) so I’ll probably wade through those before deciding if I’m going to continue with the title.

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