She’s been a stalwart of the Marvel Universe for decades, and Mockingbird is finally getting her first-ever solo comic book.
Marvel has announced the new series will follow Bobbi Morse on her spy adventures, after the character has seen a resurgence in some recent ‘books in a supporting role (not to mention her small-screen counterpart’s major role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). The series will be written by Chelsea Cain, with art by Kate Niemczyk.
As part of the the 50th anniversary of S.H.I.E.L.D., Mockingbird received a solo one-shot (along with a handful of other characters). That issue was great, and apparently inspired Marvel to greenlight the ongoing project. Here’s what Cain had to say about the development process:
“Until [the S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: MOCKINGBIRD] one-shot she’d never had her own book—and even the one-shot was part of the 50th Anniversary of S.H.I.E.L.D. thing. She’s been really underserved by the Marvel Universe. She’s always appeared in other people’s stories, serving their narratives. So I love the idea of giving her a chance to be the center of a story and to really have some agency.
I’m drawn to Bobbi because she’s a terrific character—she’s brainy and cool and confident, and quick with a quip,” she enthuses. “In fact it turns out we have a few traits in common. We’re not big sharers. We’re control freaks. And we’ve both been married to Clint Barton. I mean, what are the odds?”
Cain revealed that the first arc in the series will focus on Bobbi’s medical history, and the lingering effects of her receiving the Super Soldier Serum and Infinity Formula. So, Cain plans to shine a spotlight on the “superhero medical clinic” where she receives her weekly checkups. It’s an interesting angle, and we’re psyched to see what the duo does with the series.
The first issue is set to arrive in 2016.