According to CBR, McCann and Lopez, creators of New Avengers: The Reunion will be teaming up again to produce a new ongoing series entitled Hawkeye & Mockingbird. And somewhere, there’s a lawyer at Warner Bros. suspiciously eyeing copies of Green Arrow & Black Canary and wondering if they can sue.
Joking aside, New Avengers: The Reunion was a fantastic miniseries, which I would describe as “True Lies meets Mr. & Mrs Smith in the Marvel Universe”. Despite being quite early in his writing career, Jim McCann has turned out some great comics in the past, and David Lopez does some of the best straight-up superheroics you’ll see outside an issue of Power Girl. Regardless of how big a fan you are of the characters, this series has all the necessary ingredients for a brilliant and quirky take on superheroes. And a fairly rubbish title, which we’ll forgive.
In any case, with the series looking like a guaranteed critical success, the campaign to save Hawkeye & Mockingbird from cancellation begins now! After all, if we’ve learnt anything from the whole S.W.O.R.D. debacle, it’s that a proven creative pedigree and familiar characters is no way to launch a series. I want to see this on EVERYONE’S pull list, y’hear? And if you need more convincing, check out my increasingly positive reviews of New Avengers: The Reunion #1, #2 and #4 (on CBR). Or better yet, buy the trade of the miniseries and see for yourself.