New Avengers: The Reunion 3 (July 2009)

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Ah ha, so while she was on Planet Skrull–next planet over from Planet Hulk–Mockingbird (I’m sorry, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to call her Bobbi) had a Skrull stalker who impersonated Hawkeye. Not just impersonated him, but filled her in on the details of his life.

It’s somewhat interesting backstory but the character doesn’t need it at all. Being kidnapped by shapeshifting aliens is enough. Instead, McCann just uses it to fill the issue… and to let Lopez do his retro art thing.

It’s an incredible narrative misstep for the issue because it takes up more pages than the regular story and is just explained as a fainting spell. But the series does appear to be the slightly comedic couples bickering comic book I’m always looking for and infrequently find. I wonder if anyone told McCann bickering couples comics don’t last long on the racks.

CREDITS

Double Indemnity; writer, Jim McCann; penciller, David Lopez; inker, Alvaro Lopez; colorists, Daniele Rudoni and Marco Patrucco; letterer, Dave Lanphear; editor, Jeanine Schaefer; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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