Review: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #14

Julie and Shawna Benson serve up a girl powered romp through the woods and the streets of Gotham in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #14. The Bensons tell a fun tale of Batgirl holding down the fort while her teammates supervise a field trip. Things are quite mundane on both ends until the Birds have to fight off an ancient spirit and Batgirl needs an assist from Poison Ivy and Catwoman to break up a gang turf war. The Birds and Batgirl both end up missing each other but find pleasure in knowing they can handle things on their own.

Marcio Takara‘s low key, throwback-esque art style adds an interesting element to the storytelling structure. There isn’t a hint of male gaze in the work. The panels are rich and inviting and they really help to move the story along.

The Bensons serve up a fun story about the women being able to handle things alone but they’re stronger together. There’s also some extra girl power points given to them for having Catwoman and Poison Ivy be Batgirl’s first choice when she needs back up. It’s a nice message to send that when you’re in trouble you can lean on other women first.

I truly enjoyed this issue. It wasn’t as intense or story arc driven as the things I’m used to but it was a nice change of pace. The issue focused on the simpler and fun campy things about the Birds of Prey. Things are tense enough in the real world so having a mellow, pure, low key fun issue to read was nice escape.

Story: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson Art: Marcio Takara
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Read

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