Written by Jim McCann
Art by David Lopez
In the desire to be open and honest with you guys, I'd like to preface my review by saying that I was sent a review copy of New Avengers: The Reunion #1. I'd like to believe that I will still be impartial and avoid any kind of bias when reviewing this issue, but you deserve to know that I did, in fact, get this from Marvel for free.
That said, I had not even planned to pick this issue up prior to being sent an advance review copy, but, after having read it, I liked it enough that I will be going out and buying my own copy (I have a digital version) on Wednesday.
Hit the jump for the rest of the review and be warned, there are spoilers (but nothing too shocking) within.
For a quick recap of New Nation, though, Clint and Bobbi had a fight and she left their hideout at Captain America's loft with 'vital information' on something Skrull related. The story ended with her leaving a voice message to an unknown person using her SHIELD Agent 19 call sign.
The Reunion picks up shortly after these events with Mockingbird breaking into a hospital. However, before she can get into too much trouble, Ronin was quick to catch up to her. McCann does an excellent job with the chemistry between these two characters. It's clear that they still have a spark between them, but the recent events in their lives - Clint back from the dead and Bobbi back from her Skrull abduction - has left a void in their relationship and, while Clint is all gung-ho about getting back together, Bobbi can't seem to reconcile between what's real and what's not between them, as evidenced by her numerous, brief flashbacks to her Skrull imprisonment.
After meeting up with Mockingbird, we are treated to a flashback of how Ronin tracked her down. This lead to one of the best scenes in the issue - the confrontation between Clint and Bucky, the new Captain America. Clint has always butted heads with the original Captain America, so it was quite entertaining to see him meet up with the successor, a role he turned down when Iron Man offered it to him and something he even throws back in Bucky's face during the heat of the moment.
While there was no cliched superhero fight between the two, it was heated confrontation that ended with Bucky giving some very sage and Steve Rogers-like advice and a seeming respect between the two characters shining through that was the highlight of the issue for me.
With the flashback taken care of, we were given some action as we find out exactly why Bobbi was at this particular hospital. It turns out it was actually a front for AIM biological research and she is hunting them down. Our required action sequence plays out, along with some playful dialogue between Mockingbird and Ronin before the duo escape, having found out the weapon they were looking for has been shipped off site already.
All-in-all, I enjoyed the issue, but it wasn't without its problems, either. While it's understandable that Mockingbird would have some pyschological problems post-abduction, we're never allowed into her mindset long enough to really understand just what is driving her to her current actions. Add in we're intentionally kept in the dark about the nature of her Agent 19 business (SHIELD is dissolved at this point, so is it Nick Fury or not?) and the fact Mockingbird appears fine in New Avengers (her text boxes indicate she's happy just cracking skulls and content where she's at in NA#50) and it's as if we have two versions of the same character going around or the timelines aren't clearly defined, but that latter problem is more a problem with writers using the same character on different books than the fault of McCann.
Verdict - Check It. McCann doesn't knock it out of the park on his first big foray into writing, but, to continue with the baseball metaphor, it's easily a solid ground rule double and enough to have me come back again next month to find out more.