New Avengers: The Reunion 4 (August 2009)

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It ends very cute. Nauseatingly cute because of the pseudo-manga face Lopez gives Hawkeye. It looks like a Twilight comic or something.

McCann has a speedy read here but he gets a lot done. He has the big villain reveal, which is silly–I don’t care If McCann’s Mockingbird is a female character far better than most female superheroes… I don’t believe she’s a genius biologist for a minute. I also don’t believe Hawkeye’s over the age of fourteen, not with that yaoi-ready Lopez art.

But it works. It’s charming enough and cute enough. Though there are way too many panels with nonsensical expository dialogue, either explaining Hawkeye’s archery skills or silly chemical reactions.

Maybe the ending’s too cute. With McCann covering so much, I forgot about the diamond the couple make together. I’m still positive, even if it doesn’t sound like it.

Even with Lopez’s absurd Clint.

CREDITS

Writer, Jim McCann; penciller, David Lopez; inker, Alvaro Lopez; colorists, Daniele Rudoni and Marco Patrucco; letterer, Dave Lanphear; editor, Jeanine Schaefer; publisher, Marvel Comics.

New Avengers: The Reunion 3 (July 2009)

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Ah ha, so while she was on Planet Skrull–next planet over from Planet Hulk–Mockingbird (I’m sorry, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to call her Bobbi) had a Skrull stalker who impersonated Hawkeye. Not just impersonated him, but filled her in on the details of his life.

It’s somewhat interesting backstory but the character doesn’t need it at all. Being kidnapped by shapeshifting aliens is enough. Instead, McCann just uses it to fill the issue… and to let Lopez do his retro art thing.

It’s an incredible narrative misstep for the issue because it takes up more pages than the regular story and is just explained as a fainting spell. But the series does appear to be the slightly comedic couples bickering comic book I’m always looking for and infrequently find. I wonder if anyone told McCann bickering couples comics don’t last long on the racks.

CREDITS

Double Indemnity; writer, Jim McCann; penciller, David Lopez; inker, Alvaro Lopez; colorists, Daniele Rudoni and Marco Patrucco; letterer, Dave Lanphear; editor, Jeanine Schaefer; publisher, Marvel Comics.

New Avengers: The Reunion 2 (June 2009)

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It’s a soap opera, but not as a pejorative. I mean, I could be nicer and say it’s a character drama, but it’s really not because the characters are solely defined by events, nothing deeper. So it’s a soap opera. And a damned good one.

Wait, wait, I do need to complain for a moment about the Lopez art. The sideburns on Clint? A disaster. A fashion disaster. Doesn’t Disney have any fashion people at ABC who can consult on these things?

For a while it seems like the issue is going to be a spy thing–Clint and Mockingbird are on this spy mission–but then it turns out it’s just about her dealing with coming back from the dead. Though there is some super-future James Bond type stuff and it’s lame.

McCann does a good job with a female protagonist, which makes Reunion rare for a comic.

CREDITS

Kiss Me Deadly; writer, Jim McCann; penciller, David Lopez; inker, Alvaro Lopez; colorists, Daniele Rudoni and Marco Patrucco; letterer, Dave Lanphear; editor, Jeanine Schaefer; publisher, Marvel Comics.

New Avengers: The Reunion 1 (May 2009)

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How clean can Lopez’s artwork get? I mean, he draws Clint like he’s some kind of Backstreet Boy. Mockingbird comes off a lot better–Lopez has a similar problem with Bucky Captain America, he looks about twelve. When he and Clint bicker–a decent scene too–it’s like the Little Rascals fighting over a gumdrop.

Still, it’s a solid enough first issue for what’s actually a pretty strange Marvel comic. Reunion might have been an a-list title back in the eighties, but today it’s just weird. It’s a retro book with a blandly (I mean that one in the nicest possible way) modern looking art style.

McCann isn’t a writer I’m familiar with, but his scenes–particularly the banter–is solid enough to encourage further reading. Given the plot–a Secret Invasion sequel–can’t be anything special, what else is there?

But I don’t believe Clint watches “Grey’s Anatomy.”

CREDITS

The Lady Vanishes; writer, Jim McCann; penciller, David Lopez; inker, Alvaro Lopez; colorist, Daniele Rudoni; letterer, Dave Lanphear; editor, Jeanine Schaefer; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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