Thursday, August 25, 2016

Comic Book Review: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1 - Written by Julie Benson and Shawna Benson; Art by Claire Roe; Colors by Allen Passalaqua; Letters by Steve Wands; Published by DC Comics.

By Kenny Howell

Batgirl has been rebirthed twice.

In addition to her own book (which I talked about here) Batgirl is once again teamed up with Black Canary, trying to figure out who is trying to be Barbara Gordon's former alter ego, Oracle. Someone has taken that name and is giving information to some of the most evil names in Gotham City.

In investigating the mystery, Batgirl and Black Canary cross paths with Huntress, who is taking a more violent approach to the proceedings. That obviously doesn't jive with how Batgirl operates, but it may be the only option to take down the new Oracle.

As I talked about in Batgirl #1, the key to the Batgirl books, at least in recent history, has been the personality of Barbara Gordon. It's sort of there in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1, but not really. It takes itself a bit more serious, and I think that takes away the strength of the character.

As it is, the story is perfectly serviceable in the DC universe, but unfortunately in the very solid DC Rebirth, serviceable might get a bit lost. The pieces are still there to make this series a lot better. This first issue is a lot of setup, so once the action really gets going, it may improve. But right now, it is just a pretty good read.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

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