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A Hell of a Past – Mockingbird

This is the first in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces examining the hilariously convoluted history of certain comic book characters.

Our inaugural edition focuses on the long, strange trip that has been Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse’s 40-year comic book history, from the pages of 1971′s Astonishing Tales #6 to her current status as a member of the New Avengers.

Enjoy!

Barbara “Bobbi” Morse made her first appearance in the Ka-Zar feature in Astonishing Tales #6, by Gerry Conway, Barry Windsor-Smith and Bill Everett (quite an awesome creative team for your first appearance, huh?). See if you can recognize her…

Yes, when Bobbi first showed up, she had psychic powers!!!

This was Gerry Conway’s last issue of Astonishing Tales, though, so next issue Roy Thomas took over.

Roy continued the plot a bit (no psychic powers mentioned)…

Then the next issue, we finally meet her in the Savage Land, only now she has abruptly changed her hair color and gained a fiancee out of nowhere…

For the next few issues, Barbara and Paul are caught up in this bizarre storyline involving British refugees continuing to fight World War II in the Savage Land against German refugees.

Clearly, you could tell that Thomas and co-writer Gary Friedrich had NO CLUE why Barbara was coming to see Ka-Zar. Watch Paul be a total jerk to Barbara in this issue that was just a framing sequence for Ka-Zar’s origin…

Barbara was strictly “damsel in distress” all of these issues.

Finally, in issue #12, out of NOWHERE, we learn Barbara’s motivations…

Yes, they searched for something for her to do, and they came up with “tie it into Man-Thing!”

By the way, do note that this does not fit her early appearances at ALL.

Okay, so now she is a biologist working with the government.

In a flashback showing how she was compelled to get help (Ka-Zar, though? Huh?), she is also strictly a damsel-in-distress…

But then our next twist, Paul is a bad guy!!!

Things get bad for Paul as Man-Thing destroys the installation…

This gives us our NEXT twist, though. Barbara is not just a biologist, she is a biologist working for SHIELD!

Now Friedrich is in charge of the book, and he has Ka-Zar go to New York City with Barbara as his guide…

and she gains a familiar nickname…

Bobbi becomes his main love interest in the series…

But as the series goes by, we also re-establish her credentials as a SHIELD agent…

And she even gets to kick some ass…

Ka-Zar got his own series right after this, and with it a new love interest, Shanna the She-Devil. Bobbi shows up in the book working with the couple, but you could tell that she was feeling blue over being a clear second in the race for Ka-Zar’s heart.

A few years later, in 1976′s Marvel Super-Action #1, Friedrich brought Bobbi back, but now as the costumed adventurer known as the Huntress!

She then tracks one of the SHIELD agents from the encounter to his apartment and reveals herself…

And we get her origin…

Things tragically go poorly on the mission…

Bobbi was not seen for another four years before Mark Gruenwald brought her back by merging her with a concept he had for a character named Mockingbird (partially because DC had their OWN Huntress debut between Marvel Super-Action #1 and Marvel Team-Up #95). Steven Grant wrote her introduction in the pages of Marvel Team-Up #95….

Naturally, she is still fighting SHIELD corruption and she seems to have proven her case…

She had a quick cameo in Contest of Champions #1…

And next shows up in the Hawkeye mini-series from 1983, written and drawn by Gruenwald…

The pair become close, but are captured by the villainous Crossfire, who turns them against each other…

Hawkeye figures out a way to stop the control by bursting his eardrums with a supersonic arrowhead. Eventually, he defeats Mockingbird (as he is thinking clearly, giving him a slight edge)…

He is now basically deaf, though, which almost causes a problem…

As plenty of folks noticed, Gruenwald was doing a Black Canary/Green Arrow riff here with Mockingbird and Hawkeye (this was only a couple of years before Gruenwald did his most famous work, Squadron Supreme, which was entirely about analogues to DC superheroes).

Now married, the pair are given their own Avengers team to lead…

Things are smooth until they are trapped in the past and are separated. The villainous Phantom Rider uses a drug to brainwash Bobbi into loving him…

Eventually freed of his control, Mockingbird confronts him on a cliffside…

She keeps this a secret from Clint, but eventually the ghost of the Phantom Rider tells Hawkeye (because the Phantom Rider is a total jerk). Clint does not take it well…

Bobbi leaves the West Coast Avengers, only to be pulled back in when she is duped into helping to kidnap the Vision!

She tried to break free once she realized their evil plan, but she was captured. She went to warn the Avengers, but arrived too late. Soon afterwards, Hawkeye left the Avengers and Mockingbird tracked him down. They tried to give it another shot, using the Great Lakes Avengers as their sort of bonding experiment…

It did not work and they split up once again.

Eventually, though, the pair got back together towards the tail-end of the Avengers West Coast run.

Tragically, Bobbi died only issues later…

Over a decade later, though, in Secret Invasion #8, it turns out that the Mockingbird who died was a Skrull!!

However, it turns out that the Skrull replaced her BEFORE they reconciled! So she never intended to get back together with Hawkeye!

They still decide to date and they were both members of the New Avengers. Mockingbird remained on the team when Hawkeye went back to the newly-reformed “main” Avengers team.

And that catches you up to the current New Avengers series!

Crazy stuff, right?

Thanks to commenter Huey S. for recommending that I feature Mockingbird for a different blog feature, which inspired me to create this feature.

70 Comments

can you show the history of tigra?

the mocking bird origin info is very interesting.

Wow, that *is* crazy. And here I only knew her as Black Canary to Hawkeye’s Green Arrow, though I’d read a few of those Ka-Zar issues and that issue (OK, every issue) of Marvel Team-Up.

What I really love in this post, though, is seeing Bobbi interpreted by such an amazing gallery of Marvel artists. Barry Windsor-Smith, Gil Kane, John Buscema, Neal Adams, John Byrne… Not too shabby.

That is one terrible way to die, though. Killed by demon spit while sporting a mullet. Wotta revoltin’ development.

no mention of the recent near-death and power increase?

As I said in the beginning, I was taking her from her debut to her current series. I figure folks reading her current adventures don’t need me to tell them what is happening in her current adventures. This is about her convoluted path to getting to be a New Avenger.

After years of thinking of her as Marvel’s Black Canary rip-off, I’m still sort of amazed she wasn’t created as Hawkeye’s love interest. And he original codename was Huntress, of all things. She just needs to quit being a superhero and focus on intel gathering to complete the Birds of Prey trifecta.

God, she used to be so much COOLER.

great feature Brian! I’ve loved Mockingbird since her WCA days; but I’ll be honest, I had NO idea what her history was prior. Crazy stuff indeed! I think Spiderwoman would be a good candidate for this…her past is NUTS!

Great new feature idea. I’d love to see some of these on Psylocke, Power GIrl, Hawkman, Magneto (surprisingly more convoluted than most people realize: he’s been de-aged, dead, reformed, in a coma, given amnesia, decapitated, ruled a nation, etc.), and Black Canary.

I want more files like this, congratulations

You should do the history of Hellcat next (Though I guess shes not in anything), shes the one that started out in the romance comics first right?

Yeah, pphead, I agree – she was a seriously groovy chick!

I too didn’t realize she’d been around that long. She’s always been one of my favorite Marvel heroes because I loved her attitude and costume design, and and always I thought I had bought her first appearance off the rack in that Marvel Team-up with Spider-Man.

Thanks so much for this article – it was awesome to see Bobbi drawn by all those great artists – especially her Huntress appearance. (killer boots!)

I had no idea she was a Kazar love-interest – I wonder if she’s ever met up with him again in recent times?

Her costume sure got mangled over the years. I love her new look, but do kinda wish she’d return to her distinctive white&black mask. The first version she wore in the Spidey story would be better than the boring glasses she has now.

Lots of mutants would be great for this list. Psylocke, Copycat, Cable, Shattertar. Black Widow has evolved considerably since her first appearance.

And then there’s that odd interlude where we saw her soul was in Mephisto’s Hell in a pair of Thunderbolts and Avengers Annuals, and Clint even talks to her a little…but I guess that was just a really, REALLY dedicated Skrull method actress or something?

I still don’t see quite why she was brought back from the dead in Secret Invasion.

For the past few months I’ve been trying to pick up all of her early appearances. They aren’t that expensive to pick up. Astonishing Tales #12 and 13, featuring her, Kazar, A.I.M. and Man-Thing are absolute classics.

I guess “hilariously convoluted” depends on how you interpret “hilariously.” The pre-WCA material provides examples of writers handling a character without following a plan. The WCA material was successful and straightforward, with the exception of the Byrne run on WCA. Whatever the motive was for her death in AWC #100 — wanting Hawkeye to go back to being a loner? — the death was well done.

The material since her retconned resurrection occurred has been terrible, but the reasons for that are easy to see. She’s a character without a theme. Nothing she does is a natural fit, because the character concept has internal contradictions, and giving her generic superpowers in NEW AVENGERS only made things worse. She was better off dead.

SRS

I agree with SRS, she is better off dead than how she’s been handled of late.

If this theme is all about ridiculously convoluted, there is no doubt both Roy Thomas and Steve Englehart will be heavily involved in almost all of them. I am currently reading a lot of 70s Marvel comics for the first time, and it’s Amazing how the same four writers seem to appear everywhere mucking everything up with excessively convoluted fanwanking.

Thanks for getting all that information and posting it for us. Its good to know where our current heroes came from and the history that they have to tell. Looking forward to more in the future.

om never knew mocking bird started out as a scientist trying to track down kazar and then wound up being the marvel version of the huntress first. talk about convulted. and two canidates perfect for this colum in a future edition have to be hawkman and donna troy .

Pretty much the entire team of Alpha Flight could be on here.

Iris West is a possible candidate for this feature.

Wow! I’ve actually got the issue where Bobbi and Zabu are on the helicarrier and Fury calls Zabu “mangy”! It’s one of my first comics, If I remember correctly, it deals with the alien giant Gog. It ends with Victorius becoming the supersoldier.

I think I also have the Marvel Team Up and I definitely have the first Hawkeye-Mockingbird series that ends with them in the tub.

Thanks for this. Good memories.

Yeah, as Omar commented, you forgot to mention the Thunderbolts Annual, where Bobbi’s soul was trapped in Mephisto’s realm.

And before that, during Busiek’s run on Avengers, Mockingbird was part of the Grim Reaper’s Legion of Unliving. Just before she was sent back to Mephisto’s realm, she tried to pass on a warning to Hawkeye.

Either that Skrull was well and truly absorbed into her new personality, or Bobbi somehow died while trapped on the Skrull world, but was brought back alive by Skrull super science magic.

Since the hell stuff did not end up connecting to anything, it took away from the overall theme, which was the path of the character from her debut to her current status. So I didn’t address it.

Great idea for a column, Brian. And a great choice of subject to start it off as well.

As always, I think you’re too harsh to Thomas and Englehart, T.

I won’t deny that both had a tendency for fanwankery and convoluted stories, and it makes me want to shout at them when they waste a whole issue to resolve some obscure storyline from another comic that I wasn’t even aware of in the first place and that doesn’t add anything to the drama of the current storyline.

But they both had some great moments too. They’re the guys that picked up the Marvel style Stan Lee created and took it to the next level, they were the Marvel style on warp speed, when they were good.

Insane! Weird that her DC analogue (Or is she the Marvel analogue?) Black Canary had an equally confusing origin. But now that’s been retconned away. Again. Or something.

I’ve never read anything before the Team-Up, but I had picked up a little bit of her earlier history that’s been referred to here and there. It wasn’t until last year’s Hawkeye and Mockingbird series that I even knew she was a biologist. And that bit about being psychic came as a total shock just now!

Gruenwald really should’ve drawn more often. Is there anything else he ever drew? The Hawkeye series is the only thing I’ve ever heard of.

Better off dead?! You people are crazy.

She has just as much reason to exist as Hawkeye. Considering how integral SHEILD is to the Avengers, as an ex-shield agent with a long history with Nick Fury she’s perfect for the team. There’s no reason the Avengers has to be such a sausage-fest.

Plus, she can kick butt now with tougher foes than ever before. She rocks.

That’s what’s great about comics, characters like this we’ve had multiple reinventions because of the multiple writers writing them. Hellcat is a great example or Tigra or Wonderman, Hank Pym, etc….

I like the idea of Bobbi as the Huntress and being Ka-Zar’s partner. It’s sort of like the Green Arrow origin where he became a great archer because of times spent in the wild. She could have become like this because she spent time with Ka-Zar in the Savage Land and would be his liaison with the modern World. If they ever do a Ultimate version, that could be the road to take, And then have her work for SHIELD AFTER her adventure in the Savage Land would have given her incredible survival skills.

Also I like her the glasses. I think it makes her look differently than the other blond heroines.

I loved (and still have somewhere) that ish of Marvel Team-Up, my favorite part aside from Bobbi’s general sexy appearance was where Spidey’s given control of the Shield flying car and almost loses it over the ocean because he never learned to drive. I always thought that was one of the most charming “real New Yorker” elements of Spider-Man, which of course has probably been changed by now, since all Avengers can pilot Quinjets, motorcycles, submarines, etc.

Future Suggestion: Machine Man! I always hated what the Wolfman/Ditko series changed him into, which took decades to repair, and I’m not sure where he’s at now..

Tigra! Tigra! Tigra!

How is it that Mephisto’s realm is so commonly referred to as “Hell” — and himself so casually painted as Marvel’s “Devil” — except when referring to One More Day, and the infamous pact Peter made with he-who-cannot-be-referred-to-as-the-Devil-because-holy-sh#@-the-boss-didn’t-think-this-through-before-forcing-it-down-his-own-staff’s-throats (see: JMS’ own objections to those orders).

Now that Quesada has run off to Hollywood like we all knew he would at the end of his EIC run… can we finally openly refer to Mephisto as the Devil, and his realm as Hell?

Gruenwald really should’ve drawn more often. Is there anything else he ever drew? The Hawkeye series is the only thing I’ve ever heard of.

Not much, just a few things in the ’80s. A few What If? stories back in the day, including the classic one where Korvac won (and its sequel later on). An ’80s Marvel Team-Up annual with Spidey and a bunch of heavy hitters (Dr. Strange, Quasar, Scarlet Witch, Thing) against the Serpent Crown. Pretty much only stuff he also wrote, except for a few Bill Mantlo-era issues of Hulk (including that weird Questprobe video game tie-in).

I imagine we’ll be seeing a lot of Byrne in this feature too. Speaking of which, man, Donna Troy would be a gold mine for this.

This is pretty amazing.

I only really know Mockingbird in her incarnation as a cut-rate Black Canary. It looks like that is not even in her Top 3 status quos. She has a long history of being an extremely effective mole.

I think the hell stuff deserved at least a mention, just because the Skrull reveal contradicts it. Not necessarily a full section on its on, but at least as a foot note/extra to the Skrull reveal sections. Contradictions caused by retcons are one of the issues when it comes to understanding convoluted backstories.

It’s even more convoluted than that, since at the same time as she was in stasis on a spaceship, replaced by a skrull, and stuck in Hell, she was also hanging out with Gwen Stacy and Moira MacTaggert in Heaven as the ‘Dead Sisters’ Book Club’. (In X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl – God, that was a great series.)

Wow…I have her debut issue in Astonishing Tales #6 and forgot that was her!

And Brian, Gerry Conway didn’t leave AT in issue #6 since he wrote the last 2 installments of the Doom series in the other half of that comic in issues #7 and #8

see: JMS’ own objections to those orders

JMS had no problem with using Mephisto. His objections were over other aspects of the story (including his desire to retcon pretty much every Spider-Man story since Amazing Spider-Man #98, including bringing Gwen Stacy back to life).

Since the hell stuff did not end up connecting to anything, it took away. . .

The Hell stuff didn’t need to connect to anything; that was her actual fate, up until the point that the retcon was published in SECRET INVASION #8, and it is still her actual fate, if the SI retcon is judged using any semblance of critical standards.

Superhero comics, and Marvel comics in particular, wouldn’t be nearly as inaccessible to new readers as they are, and wouldn’t be nearly as badly written, if people generally stopped treating a retcon as something that has to be accepted, in spite of any number of crippling faults. If the retcon doesn’t work because of its faults, it’s a failed story, period. The writer should be panned for writing it and the editor should be panned for okaying it. The current system bizarrely requires readers to reinterpret older stories per the content of the retcon, even if the older stories were flawless classics. That system is insane.

Take the ongoing CHILDREN’S CRUSADE nine-issue series. Heinberg somehow thought that he could “fix” things by retconning plot points into existence, but all he’s managed to do with the “The Life Force is what drove Wanda insane” retcon is to undercut the basis for several of Bendis’s storylines, a couple of “What If” issues, and his own origin for the twins in YOUNG AVENGERS #11, because if she wasn’t insane, she wouldn’t have done what she was described doing in that issue. If the twins’ origin made no sense before — Englehart’s origin is the only one that works –, the entire CHILDREN’S CRUSADE storyline makes no sense now. Heinberg is essentially writing about nothing.

Retcons might be barely acceptable when they’re used to bring back dead villains, or if a writer uses them to fix actual problems, but they’ve become standard practice at Marvel Editorial because they free writers and editors from having to do any actual work. They just reintepret/rework older stories, call the messes “new,” and the reader is forced to consume the results and hope he doesn’t throw up.

SRS

When a new “order” settles in at Marvel, it’s like a breath of fresh air as everyone says and does all the right things. When Quesada first took office, he acknowledged that gimmick and variant covers hurt the business in the long run. He was against meaningless deaths and resurrections. He made the characters more “real”, allowing bad guys to have qualities and good guys to have faults. This brought me back to comics after 10+ years away. And if sales were any indication, I wasn’t the only ex-fan to return during the Quesada regime.

But then, Quesada succumbed to the same temptations everyone before him had. He not only gave in to the gimmick and variant cover-driven short-term sales boosts, he actually innovated by introducing the “director’s cut” and “sketch books” — all designed to sell the same issue to the same reader more than once. He realized deaths and resurrections *also* boost short-term sales, and went back to that well with more and more frequency. For every meaningful Whedon-Colossus, there were two or three meaningless deaths/resurrections.

Mockingbird’s pointless resurrection is probably the single best example of Quesada losing his way. Why did Marvel resurrect Mockingbird if it *wasn’t* to pair her back up with Hawkeye? Being Hawkeye’s wife was 90% of her identity. Everything else about her was just one writer after another using her to fill a hole they needed filled (boy, that sounds bad).

Everything about the second half of Quesada’s run has been about short-term headlines, after doing such a great job in the first half. And it’s not for lack of warning — the fans warned him plenty of times. Stop cheating. Remember what brought you to the dance in the first place. Stop giving in to temptation. You’re starting to make the same mistakes everyone before you has.

Granted, bringing back Mockingbird for absolutely no good reason didn’t destroy the Marvel universe… but it’s as good an example as any that everyone kind of lost sight of what made the first half of Quesada’s run so refreshing and re-assuring to those of us who returned to comics during that period. There was a rudder. There was a vision. There seemed to be rules in place, and they all seemed to be there for a reason.

You can almost trace the downfall back to One More Day. OMD is like Quesada’s comic-book mid-life crisis. That was the beginning of the “WTF” chapter of his run, where he seemed more concerned with losing weight and making appearances on TV shows than what was happening on the printed page.

I really thought Quesada would be different from all the ones that came before him. But it seems to be like politics. No matter how well-intentioned the candidate, he will give in to all the temptations sooner or later.

“JMS had no problem with using Mephisto. His objections were over other aspects of the story (including his desire to retcon pretty much every Spider-Man story since Amazing Spider-Man #98, including bringing Gwen Stacy back to life).”

Whew, I thought I was hallucinating that because it seemed that no one else besides me had noticed that, but I see that Warlord Cro was also paying attention.

Unlike the rest of the Internet, it seems.

Wow! What a fictional life she’s led.

Betsy Braddock would probably wok in this feature, too.

Brian, this was an absolute trip. Definitely continue this feature!

Y’know, looking at this, I realize they could have said that every appearance after that first issue was a Skrull, if they wanted. How freaky would that be?

What about ANY OF THE MLJ HEROES?

I loved Byrne’s Avengers West Coast stuff. It ended too soon.

It’s pretty sad when people mention Mephisto and it reminds them of the worst comics Marvel ever produced and was about their best character. Really sad. The worst part is, you can’t undo those two years leading up to it and it’s there forever. It was a stupid idea to begin with and if they wanted him single, they should of just done so and not told fans they had big stories that they didn’t seem to want to do in the first place.

Gurenwald also drew the entry for Green Arrow’s evil counterpart Merlyn the Archer in the first series of Who’s Who: The Definitive Guide to the DC Universe. Before becoming a comics pro, he also designed a new masthead for the Justice League of America book. Redrawn by Dick Dillin, it became the image atop many of the Satellite League-era letters pages.

Bobbi’s one of my favourite characters and I thought I knew her whole history but I had no idea she was first written with psychic powers. That’s crr-azy!

A great column and concept for a column, Brian! I look forward to seeing more of this, and I hope the focus will be on characters who in spite of their longevity don’t or haven’t received a lot of A-list status. I also hope future articles will incorporate characters from across the comics medium. Let me know if you need help with anything concerning the column or the others you write. While I’m not a journalist, I’m a comics fan and I can only imagine the amount of research and work that goes into a column’s preparation.

It’s interesting to know that the Mockingbird Hawkeye loved at some point was the alien Skrull that he killed during Secret Invasion.

I liked Bobbie, and agree with others that the ‘Secret Invasion’ Retcon sucked. Those issues of the Avengers were some of my favourites. as it really got into the sense of family the Avengers had. (Plus getting a Perez drawn Eric Masterson was icing on the cake for this Thunderstrike fan).

Definately keep this article going.

Did Bendis ever give an explanation for why the Bobbi Morse who died via demon spat didn’t turn into a Skrull body (which happened to the Skrull Elektra and every other Skrull imposter who died in Secret Invasion)? I loved a lot of Bendis’ stuff when he first started working at Marvel (he brought me back inrto collecting comics)….but he fell into the “rewriting history” trap like so many others (which has contributed to me no longer buying comics).

I don’t think Bendis gave explanations for many of the plot holes and problems raised by Secret Invasion.

It has been a while and I have zero desire to read it now, but I recall Bendis not even being consistent within his own story, much less in regards to other writers. It very much felt like he was making the whole thing up as he went along, with little to no thought or planning.

Bendis usually has VERY well thought-out themes, but he’s very impatient with the business of plot details and mechanics. There’re usually a lot of ideas in his stories, but the way he gets from A to B is often inconsistent, spotty, and sometimes self-contradictory. I increasingly prefer what other writers do with the thematic architecture he sets up in his stories to his actual stories.

Let me jump aboard the “Do one of these for Hellcat” bandwagon!

Bendis usually has VERY well thought-out themes, but he’s very impatient with the business of plot details and mechanics.

He does? How can a Bendis Avengers story have a well thought-out theme if nothing else in the story works? From a reader’s perspective, there’s no difference between a writer who’s “impatient” with the labor involved in plot development and mechanics, and someone who simply doesn’t know how to write. The story is terrible either way.

SRS

I’m the Huey S that Brian thanks at the article’s end and I only just found this page.

I suggested the article to him after I finished totally rewriting and expanding Mockingbird’s Wikipedia page. It seems that Brian expanded on my research with some great scans and even found an appearance in Contest of Champions that I was unaware of. I had a blast reading it.

Anyone interested in a more expansive and text-heavy history of the character (which even covers her “Dead” appearances in the Thunderbolts Annual and X-Statix) should check out the aforementioned wiki page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mockingbird_(Marvel_Comics) ).

One note Brian (if you ever read this late comment!) – the idea of who “created” Mockingbird is controversial. Conway’s brunette psychic was obviously not originally intended to be the “Barbara Morse” character from Wein’s Man-Thing story – or was she? was it Roy Thomas who decided to combine the characters and at which point did this occur? was the Wein story edited in any way before it was finally published so that the blonde could feature more prominently and become the character that had previously appeared in Astonishing Tales? do any of these creators get royalties for her current appearances (unlikely given the time period she debuted in, but who knows?)

This is obscure stuff to be sure, but with Jeph Loeb apparently shopping a Mockingbird TV show around Hollywood the character’s profile may be in for a big boost. The major principles – Thomas, Conway and Wein are all still around and reasonably contactable so it could be fodder for a good, impactful article.

My first encounter with Bobby was in the B&W story. I had no idea she had a history (I assumed the references to her past history with Ka-Zar were just a fabricated backstory). I notice nobody ever explained what happened to her psychic powers.
Yes, the death probably should have been included. Although I suppose it slops over into an “abandoned and forsaken” storyline too.
Tigra would be good. Supergirl, maybe, due to all the post-Crisis reinventions.

Okay, I just browsed through a list of Astonishing Tales covers online and saw in the Dr. Doom feature, Black Panther identified only as “T’Challa” Is that due to Marvel’s discomfort about sharing a name with a black-power group?

Thank you, Brian. Your column was interesting, though it doesn’t make Mockingbird such. Initially, I liked the dynamic that she and Hawkeye had back in the WCA days. Upon reflecting, she’s just another Black Canary without the scream. She’s yet another female SHIELD agent who’s put on a mask. I’m not certain how to fix her. I just wish she was more dynamic and original…other than battle staves?!

If Bobbi Morse was a SHIELD agent all along, then her “psychic powers” could have been an act, a cover story to explain why she wanted to see Ka-Zar.
And Presto! The “missing, unexplained” psychic powers are no longer missing, nor unexplained.

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I like the Contest of Champions panel with her on one side and Shanna (Ka-zar’s other love intrest) on the other.

1. Was it also around the GLA times that Mockinbird developed the giraffe-based powers? One of the panels depicts them perfectly.

2. It should’ve been obvious it was a Skrull that died, regular humans don’t die from having their costumes ripped. And being burned leaves human beings being… actually burnt. Not untouched except for a weird trickle of black fluid at the mouth.

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