And the fabulousness continues with my current favorite comic!
Last issue, Crossfire appeared to have assassinated Mockingbird's mother, Susan, but this issue we find out she is still alive, although in critical condition. Whew! According to McCann in the letter's page, he debated back and forth to kill her or keep her but ultimately decided to keep her because the plot would benefit more if she were still alive. Instead of giving Bobbi a third reason to fly off the rails, we will be treated to more of the rocky relationship between mother and daughter, as well as the mystery of who Bobbi's seemingly important father really is (for some reason I think it's Captain America, but that would be foolish).
Meanwhile, Bobbi still flies off the handle anyway, blaming Clint for putting her mother in the line of fire. Of course, she also blames Crossfire and Phantom Rider and immediately recruits Dominic Fortune in her search to nail the two scumbags. In the process, Clint discovers Bobbi's secret armory and learns she sells what she doesn't keep to friendly allies. When Clint makes noise about it, Bobbi basically tells Clint that if he doesn't like it he can %$%#& the hell off. The W.C.A. is her show. She's the boss.
Before long, Mockingbird, Hawkeye, and Dominic Fortune track down Crossfire and the Phantom Rider and proceed to beat the living hell out of all his goons and crap. Hawkeye is taking it easy, but boy is Bobbi pissed off and boy does Dominic like it. And then comes Crossfire's new, upgraded Death T.H.R.O.W.s, these robot bastards he's using now instead of those other guys. However, things take a turn for the worse when Crossfire uses mind control to take control of Hawkeye and Dominic Fortune, forcing them both to shoot each other in the heart. BIFF! Fortune gets an arrow in the chest. BAM! Hawkeye gets plugged in the chest. Mockingbird, paralyzed by one of the Phantom Rider's bullets, has to watch it all in horror, just before Crossfire blows the place up (with he and the Phantom Rider walking away as everything goes ker-blewy!).
And on an interesting note, just before the big throwdown, we learn that Crossfire has a benefactor, that who he is really working for is ten times meaner than he is. Hmmm....mystery mastermind time again! :D
Love this title. Action packed. Lots of characterization. Great art. Very old school. Like reading an old WCA title.
And McCann says in issue #6 that Mockingbird will be going to the Savage Land to take on some leftover damn dirty Skrulls. Hopefully Ka-Zar, her ex-boyfriend, will be around. Should be fun. After that, the crossover with the Black Widow!
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