Mockingbird (Marvel Comics)

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Mockingbird (Barbara "Bobbi" Morse-Barton), also known as Huntress, is a comic book superheroine from the Marvel Comics universe.


Publication history

Mockingbird was created by writer Len Wein and artist Neal Adams in 1971 as a supporting character in the second Man-Thing story (as Barbara Morse, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.); this story was delayed in publication quite some time before finally appearing in Astonishing Tales #12. Because of this, she first appeared in Astonishing Tales #6 (June, 1971). Bobbi first appeared as Mockingbird in Marvel Team-Up #95 (July, 1980).

character biography

Early life

Born in San Diego, California, Mockingbird is introduced as a S.H.I.E.L.D. operative. As an espionage agent, S.H.I.E.L.D. sends Bobbi on a mission to contact Ka-Zar. With fiancé Paul Allen, she journeys to the Savage Land. The two were both scientists working on Dr. Wilma Calvin's Project: Gladiator, which developed the serum that turned their colleague, Ted Sallis, into the Man-Thing. With Ka-Zar and Man-Thing, she then battles AIM, which is ultimately revealed as being led by Allen, whom she pretended to love only on S.H.I.E.L.D. orders, in the Florida Everglades.[2] Bobbi later journeys back to the Savage Land. Alongside Ka-Zar, she battles Maa-Gorr and El Tigre. Alongside Shanna, she journeys to the Savage Land once more. Alongside Ka-Zar and Shanna, she battles Grond.[4] Bobbi briefly takes the identity of the Huntress. She battles the renegade S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Rico Santana.

Bobbi later assumes the identity of Mockingbird. As Mockingbird, she teams with Spider-Man to battle renegade S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Carl Delandan. She then meets Hawkeye and helps him against the villainous Crossfire, Silencer, Oddball, and Bombshell. She and Hawkeye grow close and begin a whirlwind romance, which culminates in elopement with him.. Afterwards, Mockingbird and Hawkeye return to the Avengers, whom Bobbi meets for the first time. With Hawkeye, Tigra, Wonder Man, and Jim Rhodes as Iron Man, she forms the West Coast Avengers. Alongside the original Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Tigra, she later battles Doctor Demonicus.

On her own

A rift later forms between Hawkeye and Mockingbird following an incident while the West Coast Avengers had time-traveled to 1876. The Phantom Rider (Lincoln Slade) abducts, drugs, and brainwashes her into forgetting her original life and convincing her she is in love with Slade (and by implication, raping her). After breaking free of his control, Mockingbird sought revenge on the Phantom Rider, and allows him to plunge to his death off of a cliff. She is confronted by the modern-day Phantom Rider. She learns that Hamilton Slade was actually the modern Phantom Rider, and attacks Slade.[ As a result of Hawkeye not believing her protests that she was raped and used by Slade (whom Hawkeye sided with) Mockingbird leaves Hawkeye and the Avengers. For a time she and ex-Avengers Tigra and Moon Knight operate as a small fighting unit. With Tigra, Moon Knight, and Giant-Man, she battled the High Evolutionary. Alongside Tigra and Moon Knight, she was attacked by the Phantom Rider again. Hawkeye and Mockingbird later reconcile, and Mockingbird returns to the West Coast Avengers. She later arrested the Digger, causing a rift between the West Coast Avengers and the Night Shift. Mockingbird later reconciled with the modern Phantom Rider, who was at the time possessed by the spirit of the original Phantom Rider.

Mockingbird's thought patterns and personality are used by the robot Ultron to create his second robotic 'wife', Alkhema.


Mockingbird later sacrifices her life to save her husband Hawkeye from Mephisto.

She later returns as a reanimated corpse as part of the Grim Reaper's plot to destroy the Avengers. She is also seen fighting endless battles in a hell, in which she has an opportunity to return to life but turns it down while indicating that she still has a purpose to serve in death.

Secret Invasion

When a Skrull spaceship crash lands in the Savage Land, Mockingbird is among the host of Marvel heroes who emerge from the craft, alleging to be the genuine articles who have been captives of the Skrulls for years. [20] Several of the heroes are revealed to be Skrulls who have disguised themselves using their shape-changing powers. At first it is not clear whether or not this Mockingbird is the genuine article, but she is able to tell her former husband, Clint, something that they both believe only she would know - that October 12th would have been the birth-date of their miscarried child, which convinced Clint that she is real.[21] However, when all of the "Earth heroes" on the ship are revealed to be Skrulls, Clint kills the false Mockingbird.[22]

Abilities and equipment

Mockingbird was a trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, expert in several forms of hand-to-hand combat, and skilled in various martial arts. She was a highly skilled espionage agent, and possessed a Ph.D in biology. She was an athletic woman and an accomplished acrobat. She was an expert markswoman and gymnast.

Mockingbird's costume was made of synthetic stretch fabric lined with Kevlar. Mockingbird carried a 4-foot battle-staff, composed of two hollow 2-foot steel-alloy poles, like a quarterstaff which could be split in two. She typically carried each half of the staff strapped to each arm, and they were spring-loaded to be released or launched as projectiles. The staff could be used as a bo or javelin or as two short clubs. It can also telescope to an 8-foot vaulter's pole.

Other versions

House of M

Bobbi appears as a member of Luke Cage's Human Resistance group nicknamed the "Avengers". She was a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was phased out upon the rise of mutants. She is romantically involved with Hawkeye . She is one of the Avengers, who leaves for Wakanda.

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