I recently sat down and read the first three issues of "Hawkeye & Mockingbird" with what I like to think was a fresh set of eyes. I never read "West Coast Avengers" and my only real exposure to them as a pair was in recent "New Avengers" issues. So far? I'm entertained, but I feel like this could have a little more punch to it.
Part of what I did like about "Hawkeye & Mockingbird" was that Jim McCann's script moves at a fast clip, jumping from one scene to the next at great speed. This isn't a book that dawdles over the details, and by the end of the latest issue the heroes and villains have all accomplished a lot. That's also one of the minuses in the book, though. After getting teased earlier about how Hawkeye won't like where Mockingbird's WCA gets its funding, he learns about it in this issue, and in the course of three panels it's brought up and promptly dropped. Maybe McCann will come back to this next month, but it feels like such a fast dismissal of the issue that I had a bit of whiplash.
It's that helter skelter pace that I think is also keeping me from warming to the character of Mockingbird, who veers wildly from one extreme to the other, emotionally. She's angry! She's sad. She's angry! She's sad. Really, at this point I just want for her to sit down and take a few deep breaths, maybe check her pulse, go out to lunch with Hawkeye. It's all right! Relax!
David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez draw "Hawkeye & Mockingbird" and their art reminds me a lot of early Alan Davis comics. The characters are all drawn with smooth lines and full figures, and it's an overall good look. Pages flow very easily for the reader, and they definitely know what they're doing. Occasionally a panel feels a little flat here and there, but it's with no common point so I think it's just a matter of sometimes just not getting it quite right than any specific weakness. (Well, aside from Mockingbird's hair, which feels so flat and lifeless that I want to send her some conditioner.)
"Hawkeye & Mockingbird" is a nice series, but so far it's lacking a big "this is why you must read this comic" hook for me. It's enjoyable enough, but I want that extra piece of interest attached to turn it from good to great. Once that hook shows up, I think this book could be a real winner.