Written by Jim McCann
Art by David Lopez
After Mockingbird tells Hawkeye she actually filed papers to divorce him just before the Skrulls replaced her last issue, McCann and Lopez dial it back a notch and downplay the fallout of the revelation a bit.
They certainly don't drop the issue completely, but, after the cliffhanger showing them walking away from each other, I was expecting Hawkeye to be a little more broken up about it. As it is, he's more glib and cavallier about the whole thing, as if the revelation hasn't registered with him completely.
Review continues after the jump.
However, negativity aside, that doesn't make this a bad issue either. In fact, I continue to enjoy how McCann is writing Mockingbird and Hawkeye and how they play off of each other. There's some genuine chemistry between the two when they are on panel together and the tension and friction between them with their recent history is well done.
I also enjoyed the flashback in this issue, which thoroughly details Mockingbird's time on the Skrull homeworld. The mind games the Skrulls played with her, in particular the Skrull Hawkeye, were great insight into what kind of state of mind she's currently in and tells us why she's having such difficulty reconciling her past with her present, especially in regards to her feelings for Clint.
But, that lengthy flashback sequence, as I said, also pushed the main plot to the backburner and leaves a lot to be covered in the final issue, which also has to wrap up the 'are they or aren't they' lovers subplot, properly introduce and explain the main villain, as well as their goals and what the heck they are actually doing, and, finally, have the heroes put a stop to whatever it is they are trying to do. That's a tall order for this issue and doesn't even touch on the cliffhanger for this issue, which, arguably, could be more for shock value than actually relevant, but will have to be dealt with regardless.
Verdict - Check It. While arguably just as good as the last issue with answering questions about Mockingbird and her time with the Skrulls, as well as with the interaction between her and Hawkeye, there comes a time in a four issue miniseries where we need some plot progression and waiting for the last issue to really introduce and conclude that aspect of the story can backfire. Without having read the last issue, I have a sinking feeling this series might have actually benefitted from being a five or six issue miniseries instead, but I'll reserve full judgement until next month.