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 #2. 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.
However, based on the strength of last issue, I had committed myself to picking this series up regardless of whether or not I received a free copy and I will still be picking up my own physical copy of this book with the rest of tomorrow's comics.
Hit the jump for the rest of the review, but be warned, since this is an advance review, there may be some mild spoilers, but no where near as spoilerific as my regular reviews.
However, this second offering from McCann and Lopez blew the first issue out of the water. McCann nails the Mr & Mrs Smith-like bickering between the couple, who, in light of the Skrull abduction, may or may not be as close as we previously thought. This tension between Mockingbird and Hawkeye is my favourite part of the issue. The history between these two characters, where one recently died and came back while the other was abducted and replaced by aliens before being presumed dead for the past decade, is played to full effect and it's easy to trace each character's reactions and thought process in regards to how they act around each other given those facts.
Speaking of history, a nice little touch I liked about this issue was the use of the old school dot colouring for the flashback sequences, which were intersperced throughout the issue. These flashbacks showed us the exact time and place Mockingbird was abducted by the Skrulls, answering one of the lingering questions I had concerning her time with the Skrulls. The timing of this event leads to a great cliffhanger that had a lot of emotional impact. As it's an advance review, you'll have to check back for it in the Moments of the Week on Friday if you want a full breakdown of it or, better yet, pick a copy of the book up tomorrow.
Verdict - Must Read. McCann really hit his stride with this issue. The interplay between Hawkeye and Mockingbird is spot on and many of the questions regarding Mockingbird's abduction, such as when and how she was taken, are answered here and the consequences of the timing for the abduction is played up for maximum effect.