Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New Avengers: The Reunion #4 Advance Review

Written by Jim McCann
Art by David Lopez

The final chapter to this miniseries was another fun read, but seemed to lack any definitive conclusion. The cliffhanger from last issue was, as expected, quickly reversed and the villain of the piece never really stepped up to be a credible threat.

However, that doesn't make this a bad issue or even a bad series. The action and plot actually took a back seat for me in favour of the interplay between Hawkeye and Mockingbird - both of which were a lot of fun to read whenever they were together. While I do not have a lot of experience with their previous relationship, I know I like how they are being played together here and hope to see the threads followed up on in the future. Review continues after the jump.

Speaking of the future, one thing that had me a bit puzzled was how this lines up with the duo's portrayal in Brian Bendis's New Avengers title. It seems like McCann had set up a whole new direction for both characters to continue on with and none of it was being reflected in the New Avengers title, which I thought was taking place after this miniseries. It also looked like they wouldn't be Avengers post-Reunion, but if Wolverine can be in 22 books a month, I can overlook any discrepencies for these two. I am, however, hoping McCann gets a Green Arrow/Black Canary-like book for Hawkeye and Mockingbird to follow up on everything he set up here.

However, as I said earlier, this issue falls short in one regard and that is with the conclusion to the AIM dirty bomb business. It just lacked any kind of impact and just felt more like a reason to put Hawkeye and Mockingbird in danger and get them playing off of each other, which, again, I did enjoy, moreso than an actual plot that held up on its own. If you found the characters lacking, the plot would do very little to help interest you in the title.

Verdict - Check It. A solid finish to the miniseries that did a good job explaining how Mockingbird came back, what her state of mind was and set up a new status quo for both her and Hawkeye that I hope gets followed up on by McCann in the future.

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Nathan Aaron said...

I loved this issue! The writing was spot on, and witty like crazy! I thought the entire mini was excellent, and I agree with you it was more about character interplay than an actual plotline, but it didn't bother me.

I would LOVE to see a series with the same writer and artist on board! That would be amazing!

Matt Ampersand said...

Doesn't look like McCann has anything planned in the future...

Kirk Warren said...

@Matt - If you read the final few pages of this issue, youll see Hawkeye and Mockingbird were set up with their own little shadow ops/SHIELD type of group that has not been touched on in any other book. Seems like a perfect setup for a new series or another mini to me.

Steven R. Stahl said...

You don’t seem to appreciate just how weak REUNION was as a storyline. There was no reason given for Morse to be kidnapped by the Skrulls, except that she was a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. The split between Barton and Morse was false, a contrivance that McCann relied on for conflict between the two. The threat posed by A.I.M. was practically nonexistent, but the WCA was just as flimsy, existing, seemingly, only to oppose A.I.M. within the miniseries. Do you understand that intelligence operations require funding? And infrastructure?

Liking the storyline just for the interplay is the same as enjoying an amateur porn film and recommending it because of the hot babes one sees. Who cares about plot and cinematography? A solid plot is essential; without it, the story is, at best, a slice of life, but in REUNION, the lives portrayed were lies.

By liking REUNION, you’re seriously damaging the credibility of your reviews.


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