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Oct 6 Reviews: GI Joe #23, Hawkeye and Mockingbird #5 –Also Ads targeting Women? In my comics?–

October 6, 2010

It’s been a week and now it’s time once again to look at the new releases in the comic world, only picked up two this week, GI Joe #23 (not to be confused with GI Joe A Real American Hero), and Hawkeye and Mockingbird #5.

But before that here’s an interesting ad from H&M this month…

That’s right an ad targeting women! Not only that, but it’s a product related to Marvel comics, and targeted to women, and being sold in the pages of a comic. And if you’re planning on shopping at Famous Footwear ladies then this comic has just paid for itself, though, seriously who is going to cut this ad out? This should have been done as one of those pull outs that are slipped in between the binding that you can remove without damaging the comics; there’s story on the other side of that!

And yes, the ad is a cherry pink, otherwise how else would we know they wanted the attention of the women readers? And the collection of panels from old marvel romance comics, okay not too bad for the shoes themselves maybe, but I don’t like that “PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE A SPINSTER” panel right in the middle of the ad itself *sigh*.

Still major props for realizing that girls do read comics, and that you can reach them through this medium. This is also the only adult sized shoe in the marvel line so far

Click here to see the Marvel line<– you can also get 5 dollars off by using that link directly, hopefully they'll come up with some more designs for women and men that are a bit more actiony.

Now to the reviews

Hawkeye & Mockingbird #5


Writer: Jim Mccan
Penciler: David Lopez
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn
Letterer: VC's Cory Petit
Cover: Paul Renaud
Assistant Editor: Rachel Pinnelas
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Editor in Chief: Joe Quesada
Publisher: Dan Buckley
Executive Producer: Alan Fine

There’s really three stories going on in this comic all boiled down in one fight scene: Hawkeye is struggling to figure out how he fits in his ex-wife’s new world of super-spies and if he can do so without getting his hands dirty, Mockingbird is facing off against the literal ghost of the man who drugged, raped and manipulated her and the father of the woman that ghost is inhabiting is waging a battle to free his daughter’s soul from otherworldly forces.

Really this is one time where I definitely don’t want to give a blow by blow of the action, you should read this one for yourself sufficed to say Mockingbird reclaims her agency, and Hawkeye comes to the edge of the abyss but doesn’t take the plunge and is now backing up from it, and that’s set the tables for the first major dip in their relationship since getting back together.

The art is great, Lopez does an awesome job on all the characters especially on Barbara; he manages to make her sexy without overly objectifying her, the design for the female version of the Phantom Rider is out and out spooky and his use of facial expressions on all the characters is great. I also love the cover of her climbing back up over the cliff by Renaud it’s so fitting of what’s going on with her psychologically and it uses the terrain from the comic if not an actual event that will happen.

I don’t really have anything negative to say about this comic, it’s one of the best books out there right now I think and possibly the best Marvel title on the shelves… buy it now! And next issue one of my favorite characters, Spider-Woman, will be appearing.

Comic Quality Rating: 4/5
Out of the Fridge Rank: 4.5/5 -Remarkably Positive, nowhere near the Fridge-

Pros:

-Mockingbird confronts the ghosts of her past and is determined not to let them haunt her
-She is uncompromising with Clint, she lays out on the table that her life involves secrets and life and death choices and that she is willing to kill and that if he wants to be with her he’s going to have to accept that.

Cons:

-Barbara’s cleavage line is slightly variable it seems, I’m pretty sure this is just an art flub because most of the time it’s understated but there’s a few times where it’s very low cut.

GI Joe #23

Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: Robert Atkins
Inker: Clayton Brown
Colors: Andrew Crossley
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt

So we open the comic to a full page spread… and oh my god it’s HELIX! Yep Helix, Mary Sue extraordinaire, we also get some narration bubbles that abjectly refuse to tell us anything about what’s going on.

The next couple of pages show us she’s fighting Snake-eyes and Mary Sue that she is she gets to catch his sword mid swing and ultimately bring him down. Of course this is all a training exercise/demonstration.

Helix then explains her Mary Sue-ness to the rest of the Joes how she sees the world in numbers and can see what people will do before they do it (or at least the most likely actions)… And gone is that slight sense of awkwardness that she had in her special that you’d expect from someone who has a chemical imbalance in their brain that causes them to see the world differently then others…

Anyway Hawk suggests that all the Joes need to be like Helix and not just know, but know what comes next (see she has a point! Really! Honestly!) What this means is that since Cobra has the ability to transport anywhere in the world instantaneously, they can’t react but have to figure out where Cobra will strike. More tension on the Duke-Scarlet-Snake-eyes front as Scarlet sees Snake-eyes strolling with Helix (yeah, it’s now a love Square instead of a love Triangle… Have I mentioned how much of a Mary Sue Helix is yet?)

Anyway the Joes split up to cover the most likely spots and one of the teams manages to grab a Cobra agent; Scarlet is so excited Dial-Tone comments that it’s like “[she] just got asked to the prom.” But the stereotypical-ness of that is somewhat mitigated by her reply and Covergirl talking about Football point-spreads.

I don’t want to spoil any more details but the Joe’s success forces Cobra Commander to send in one of his more subtle agents, yeah, the one on the cover that’s right Storm Shadow teases us with his appearance at the end of the issue.

The art is functional there’s a couple weird shots bu over all it’s good I’m liking the Storm Shadow design of this comic. There’s not much action but things are starting to pick up in the plot, as GI Joe gets some more intel, but have possibly left a trail behind for Storm Shadow to follow. Can’t wait to see next months issue.

Comic Quality Rank: 3.5/5
Out of the Fridge Score: 3/5 *Out of the Fridge*

Cons:
-A Minor Stereotypical Quip
-Some Sexual Taunting of the Baroness from Destro
-Some Fan service from the Baroness

Pros
-All Female characters competent and respected by their peers

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