Marvel Announces Mockingbird Series Artist, Plot Details

Mockingbird
(Photo: Kate Niemczyk)

Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird, is getting her first ever solo series, debuting in 2016. The series will be written by Chelsea Cain, feature art by Kate Niemczyk.

“Until [the S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: MOCKINGBIRD] one-shot she’d never had her own book—and even the one-shot was part of the 50th Anniversary of S.H.I.E.L.D. thing,” Cain, who wrote the issue, told Marvel.com. “She’s been really underserved by the Marvel Universe. She’s always appeared in other people’s stories, serving their narratives. So I love the idea of giving her a chance to be the center of a story and to really have some agency.”

Cain promises that the new series will feature stories above and beyond the usual spy stuff.

“It’s so much more than that, I swear,” she says. “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?

“Truly, the plot of the first five issues is rooted very much in Bobbi’s medical history. [Nick] Fury saved her life with a dose of Super Solider Serum and Infinity Formula, and I really wanted to explore the fallout from that.

“She’s got to go in every week for a medical check-up,” Cain continued. “And I loved the idea of this medical clinic for super heroes—a place where they go to get stitched up and get their Prozac refilled. And the waiting room would be full of bored heroes leafing through old issues of ‘Us Weekly.’ Would Bobbi uncover a conspiracy in that sort of environment? Well she is good at ferreting out conspiracies having been subjected to them a number of times herself. Frankly she’s a little sensitive about that. But the books will also show Bobbi on her personal time, and off having Bond-level adventures—the Roger Moore years.”

Look for Mockingbird #1 to hit comic shops and digital store fronts in 2016.