9 Reasons You Should Be Reading Marvel’s MOCKINGBIRD

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It’s Full of Science Awesomeness

In her letter at the back of issue one, Chelsea Cain writes in her promises to Mockingbird readers, “I promise science. I promise math. I promise competence and confidence. I promise a Bobbi who is the smartest person in the room and capable of taking down everyone in it.”

Bobbi Morse, with her Ph.D. in Biology, uses her scientific know-how to find and defeat the bad guys throughout the issues. With a focus in the first issues on a bacteria that’s in her blood as well as some animals that have mysteriously gone extinct, Mockingbird uses her brains as well as her brawn in search of answers. In issue five especially, she reflects on the complication relationship between bacteria, genetic mutations, and evolution. “Smallpox killed 500 million people during the 20th century. It’s no wonder viruses scare us. But we’re still figuring out all that they can do for us. Scientists think that ancient viruses provided the raw material for cellular life. The evolution of DNA, the formation of the first cells.”

Bobbi’s knowledge of biology is key to figuring out what’s happened and what she should do about it, as much—if not more so—as her ability to kick zombies across the room.