Welcome to the ninth installment in this li’l series using Spider-Man comics to explore the variety of romantic archetypes we find in literature (illustrating the variety of romantic experiences we find in life)! Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird is a scientific genius, Avenger, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and super spy whose relationship with Peter Parker would be a central part of Dan Slott’s final years writing The Amazing Spider-Man. In Bobbi Morse, Peter found a witty, compassionate partner who could kick his ass and/or inspire him when he needed it. Every bit as smart as Peter, she’d meet him in his brilliance and push him further. As Mockingbird, she stood beside Spider-Man to face everything from Skrull invasions to Norman Osborn’s Dark Reign to the Zodiac terrorist attacks to Hydra takeovers. Being a superhero herself, Bobbi could share Peter’s entire life. Oh, and they worked together. Which is good because, you know, nothing can ever go wrong when you date a coworker.
This is an important post for this site. Well, it’s an important post for me I guess, that’s a better way to put it. It doesn’t have a strong, driving social justice message. It isn’t a call to action. It isn’t a heavy analysis or anything like that. But for the first time in almost twenty years, I’m finally reading The Amazing Spider-Man again every month. For someone who’s always loved Spider-Man as much as I do, this is important. It turns out, being back in the current life of Peter Parker means even more to me than I thought it would. Continue reading
I wasn’t planning on writing a post tonight. But then I read this article about Chelsea Cain, the author of Marvel’s Mockingbird comic. It turns out the hateful backlash from “misogynist bullies” to the cover of the series’ finale, issue #8, was so overwhelming that she decided to leave Twitter. As far as I’m concerned, this is not okay and we need to talk about it. I guess cleaning will have to wait for the weekend… Continue reading