Agent Bobbi Morse, otherwise known as Mockingbird, may be one kickass S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, but has never had her own, solo ongoing series. In fact, until quite recently, she had never been the star of her own title at all. As writer Chelsea Cain points out, "she's been really underserved by the Marvel Universe" always appearing as a supporting character "serving their narratives".
Marvel has seen the error of their ways, and today announced a new title that will put Mockingbird where she deserves to be - in the spotlight. Cain wrote the S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary one-shot featuring Mockingbird, and has been tapped to write the ongoing series as well. Cain said that she is excited to give Mockingbird her own story and to give her a chance to "really have some agency".
In addition to being a fantastic spy, Mockingbird also has a very complicated medical history, which Cain promises to explore early on in the series. Mockingbird was saved from death by Nick Fury with a combination of Super Soldier Serum and Infinity Formula, giving the first arc an intense base for some pretty incredible stories. Cain has also promised the title will feature "Bobbi on her personal time" as well as having "Bond-level adventures". She continued to say the title will be "much more":
It's so much more than that, I swear. I mean, there are zombies. And corgis. I ask you, have there ever been zombies and corgis in a Marvel comic book before at the same time?
Cain seems to be the perfect writer for the ongoing series, having felt a real kinship to the character after writing her one-shot earlier this year. She calls Mockingbird "brainy and cool and confident, and quick with a quip". The series will also feature a "dazzling array of guest stars" with everyone from Lance Hunter to [Mockingbird's ex-husband] Clint Barton making appearances. Cain hinted at revealing the medical histories of other Marvel heroes, as well as an appearance by members of A.I.M.
Given Cain's affection for the character, she felt it was important to find the right artist who could capture Mockingbird's character. She found just the right person in artist Kate Niemczyk. Cain said that finding a way to show Mockingbird's sexiness, and comfort with sex, without objectifying the character was a priority, and that Niemczyk was the perfect artist for the task.
Kate draws really beautiful, strong women. It's kind of her specialty...Kate can draw a woman in a metal bikini and thigh highs and somehow make her look completely in control and badass.
Mockingbird takes off in 2016 from Marvel, and will be available in stores as well as digitally. What do you think of the new announcement? Are you as excited as we are for a new ongoing series featuring this awesome character?