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Mockingbird Vol. 1: I Can Explain Paperback – November 1, 2016
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About the Author
After working as a creative director at a public relations firm in Portland for several years, Cain began writing humor books in her spare time, including The Hippie Handbook: How to Tie-Dye a T-Shirt, Flash a Peace Sign, and Other Essential Skills for the Carefree Life (Chronicle Books, 2004), Confessions of a Teen Sleuth (Bloomsbury, 2005), and Does this Cape Make Me Look Fat? Pop-Psychology for Superheroes (Chronicle Books, 2006), which Cain co-wrote with her husband. Cain also composed a weekly column for Portland's alternative newspaper, The Portland Mercury and started contributing to Portland's major daily, The Oregonian in 2003. when she left marketing behind to focus on writing full-time. Her last column with The Oregonian was posted on December 28, 2008.
She wrote her first thriller Heartsick in 2004, while pregnant with her daughter. It was published on September 4, 2007, and was an instant New York Times bestseller. Sweetheart and Evil at Heart, the second and third in the series, respectively, are also New York Times bestsellers.
Cain and her family currently reside in Portland, Oregon.
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That letter at the end of the first issue informs you of Chelsea's idea for the first storyarc. She admits it's a risk, and let me tell you, it paid off. The story is a "puzzle box" as she calls it, framing the first issue as a series of medical visits to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s medical clinic underneath Chelsea Market, and then using the subsequent four issues to explain each of the four medical visits. A special thing to note about Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse): she's a person first, scientist second, and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent third. She comes to life through Cain's narration and her history of having been revived by Nick Fury's concoction of super-soldier serum and Infinity formula, makes her a person of interest to S.H.I.E.L.D.
There was much acclaim when this comic came out, and for good reason. It's a story that plays with comic book conventions and rewards the reader for paying attention to each panel. As a medium, the comic book is a format where you can take chances like with no other media, and Chelsea Cain takes advantage of it to the fullest.
Definitely worth continuing on to Volume 2, though honestly, I'd read the last chapter found in Vol. 2 (a New Avengers story) and then read Vol 1 and the rest of Vol 2 in order. I think they needed the "padding" in Vol 2 because of the series' cancellation, but reading them in the order I just described makes a lot more interesting of an arc, especially if you're somewhat new to the character (as I was).
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