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Preview: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3

Written by: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson
Art by: Claire Roe
Cover by: Yanick Paquette
Variant cover by: Kamome Shirahama

“WHO IS ORACLE?” part four! The dangerous new Oracle is finding that Gotham’s mobs aren’t up to the task of keeping the Birds of Prey off the scent…so send in the Snakes! Copperhead, The Asp, Cottonmouth, and Lady Viper are the most venomous foes the Birds have ever faced!

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Preview: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Written by: Shawna Benson, Julie Benson
Art by: Claire Roe
Cover by: Yanick Paquette
Variant cover by: Kamome Shirahama

“WHO IS ORACLE?” part 3! Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress must team up with the GCPD to protect a mafia capo from an attack by his one-time friends! He’s the only man with a lead on the nefarious new Oracle…but dead men tell no tales! Of course, it’s hard to make a team-up work when the team’s ready to tear itself apart on its first mission!

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Review: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

BGBOP_Cv1_dsSomeone has stolen the name Oracle right out of Barbara Gordon’s past! Hot on this false Oracle’s trail, Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress are all tracking the same mafia capo…so it makes sense to team up, right? Problem is, Barbara and Dinah need the secrets locked up in Oracle’s brain…and Helena Bertinelli would rather put a crossbow bolt right through it!

While Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1 is good, the comic written by Shawna Benson and Julie Benson feels very paint by numbers in how it plays out storywise. The story follows that rather common trope of superheroes fighting each other before teaming up to stop the real bad guy (in fact it’s so common another DC comics has this same trope this week, but recognizes it and skips the fight). In this issue, which continues the Rebirth launch, we see Batgirl and Dinah trying to figure out who Oracle is while Huntress is hunting down the individuals who murdered her family. Of course their paths cross and they battle a bit until they are forced to team up. It’s very predictable in that way.

But what Benson and Benson get down really well is the interaction through all of that. The back and forth between Barbara and Dinah is really good. Barbara’s reactions at time gives the comic some humor in between the action. It reminds me a little of the previous Batgirl volume, though her reactions at time have her working at some points on emotion rather than her logic, a bit of a switch.

The art by Claire Roe is pretty good and there’s some fun expressions by Barbara and good action sequences. I think there’s a slight issue with the art showing off a more comedic vibe, but most of the comic is not. There’s definitely a mix of tone throughout the comic, and maybe that’s just first issue jitters by the team that’ll get worked out over time.

The first issue isn’t bad in any way, it just is a bit predictable and the tone and interaction between the characters is a bit uneven. There’s potential with these three characters, so we’ll see where it all goes, but the first issue doesn’t knock it out of the park unfortunately.

Story: Shawna Benson, Julie Benson Art: Claire Roe Colors: Allen Passalaqua
Story: 6.95 Art: 7.3 Overall: 7.15 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Written by: Shawna Benson, Julie Benson
Art by: Claire Roe
Cover by: Yanick Paquette
Variant cover by: Kamome Shirahama

“Who Is Oracle?” part one! Someone has stolen the name Oracle right out of Barbara Gordon’s past! Hot on this false Oracle’s trail, Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress are all tracking the same mafia capo…so it makes sense to team up, right? Problem is, Barbara and Dinah need the secrets locked up in Oracle’s brain…and Helena Bertinelli would rather put a crossbow bolt right through it!

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Preview: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Written by: Shawna Benson, Julie Benson
Art by: Claire Roe
Cover by: Yanick Paquette
Variant cover by: Ben Caldwell

“WHO IS ORACLE” Chapter One: Batgirl and Black Canary are together again, working a case that strikes right at the heart of their partnership! Someone’s uncovered the greatest secret Barbara Gordon ever kept: her time as Oracle, the most powerful hacker on the planet. And not only do they know her secret, they’re using her name to sell dangerous information to criminals! Now one of those deals has brought some major heat to Gotham City…Helena Bertinelli is out of Spyral, wearing the hood of the Huntress, and making mafia blood run in the streets! Everything you thought was hidden will be revealed if the Oracle has their way…

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Review: Batgirl and The Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

BGBOPREB-Cv1-ds-5de97I’m new to the DC Universe. Well, not new in the sense that I’ve been living under a rock and have no idea what it is, but new as in when I’m pulling my comics for the week,  there is the same red and white logo in the top left corner that starts with ‘M’. So when I saw that DC was launching this Rebirth event,  I thought “hmmm, why not give DC a shot again”.  I’ve been reading a few titles, and for the most part I have been enjoying them. So when I saw Birds of Prey was being re-launched, I was pretty excited as I have always been a fan of Black Canary and Huntress.  And seeing Barbara in the cape and cowl again is very exciting, so I jumped right into this issue with high hopes.

Basically, this Rebirth #1 issue is Barbara Gordon telling the reader the story of how she went from being loving daughter to James Gordon, to butt kicking crime fighter Batgirl, to information specialist Oracle and now back to being Batgirl.  This is a great way to bring new readers up to speed, but while I was reading I couldn’t help thinking “yeah yeah, I know all this already”.  Barbara tells us how she got connected with Black Canary, and how the Birds of Prey started and eventually ended.  On her own, we see Batgirl reveling in taking down a group of thieves…until she discovers that the information the group received was sent to them by someone calling themselves Oracle. Wanting to find out who has stolen her former identity, Batgirl reaches out to her old friend Black Canary, who is more then happy to track down those responsible for using the Oracle name and information to facilitate crimes. As they track down a lead, Batgirl and Black Canary are ambushed by Huntress, who is after the same man the two of them are there to question, but Huntress is looking to kill him. The two birds try to subdue Huntress, who shocks them both by revealing that she knows their true identities.

So as I mentioned, this is a great jumping in issue for new readers. Julie and Shawna Benson (and THANK YOU for having women write women characters) give us a great look into all the events that shaped Barbara Gordon into the Batgirl she is today. The dialogue between Batgirl and Black Canary is great, showing us that they’re more then teammates but friends. The banter is great and well paced, and I really enjoyed the change from the lighter talk with Bats and Canary to the darker moments with Huntress as we get a feel for her mission.

Claire Roe’s art is good, though I did find some of the facial expressions a little odd looking. The action scenes were well done as well as the more low key scenes, which really played well to telling the story.

Overall, I liked this Rebirth issue to start things off. Was I blown away? No. Going in, I knew all about Batgirl and how she came to be what she is, so the pages of recap were just alright. Once the story of this new mysterious Oracle came to light, I was more interested. And I was a little disappointed to see so little of Huntress. But, I get it. This is just the jumping off point to re-introduce the masses to the Birds of Prey. I’m still excited for this title and expect great things from this creative team.

Story: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson Art: Claire Roe
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY: REBIRTH #1

Written by Julie Benson and Shawna Benson
Art by Claire Roe
Covers by Yanick Paquette
On Sale 7/20/16

“WHO IS ORACLE” Chapter One: Batgirl and Black Canary are together again, working a case that strikes right at the heart of their partnership! Someone’s uncovered the greatest secret Barbara Gordon ever kept: her time as Oracle, the most powerful hacker on the planet. And not only do they know her secret, they’re using her name to sell dangerous information to criminals! Now one of those deals has brought some major heat to Gotham City…Helena Bertinelli is out of Spyral, wearing the hood of the Huntress, and making mafia blood run in the streets! Everything you thought was hidden will be revealed if the Oracle has their way…

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Preview: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY: REBIRTH #1

Written by Julie Benson and Shawna Benson
Art by Claire Roe
Covers by Yanick Paquette
On Sale 7/20/16

“WHO IS ORACLE” Chapter One: Batgirl and Black Canary are together again, working a case that strikes right at the heart of their partnership! Someone’s uncovered the greatest secret Barbara Gordon ever kept: her time as Oracle, the most powerful hacker on the planet. And not only do they know her secret, they’re using her name to sell dangerous information to criminals! Now one of those deals has brought some major heat to Gotham City…Helena Bertinelli is out of Spyral, wearing the hood of the Huntress, and making mafia blood run in the streets! Everything you thought was hidden will be revealed if the Oracle has their way…

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Review: We(l)comeBack #8

WelcomeBack_008_A_MainWith nowhere and no one left to turn to, Tessa and Mali have a big decision to make in the final issue of We(l)come Back. Christopher Sebela and Claire Roe wrap up the series in a satisfying manner, and it’s going to be tough to fill that pull list spot with a comic that has main characters who are equally violent and endearing as Tessa and Mali. (Sebela is, however, writing Heartthrob, with art by Robert Wilson IV and published by Oni Press, which might fill the void.)

Tessa and Mali seemingly exhausted their options around issue #6, when they discovered hiding on trains and killing the people who were trying to kill them wasn’t a sustainable way to live. It did, however, lead them to Tessa’s home in South Africa, where her mother greeted them with open arms and a cell-like room for each.

We(l)come Back #8 finishes out this plot line and neatly rounds out the rest of the story. The lingering questions are answered without piling on the information. Tessa and Mali have had cyclical stories with a distinct path in the timeline of We(l)come Back, and their fates have hung in the balance throughout the entire series. Sebela ends their story (or does he?) in a way that doesn’t feel rushed, despite the number of loose ends that remain at the end of #7. In terms of pacing, this issue is well done, not rushing the end or dumping a resolution on the metaphorical doorstep and fitting with the rest of the story.

As usual, Claire Roe gives each character depth and personality with her distinct style. Her attention to fashion made the story that much more believable as something set in a present time, and small details like Tessa’s jogger/jacket outfits and Mali’s favored boots/shorts combo gave the characters that much more personality. The Sebela/Roe team will be missed for its lively storytelling, and Jonathan Brandon Sawyer’s artistic contributions–the first two issues, character designs, and the incredible covers that grace each issue–will also be missed.

Overall, this issue was a well-crafted end to a wonderful series, and leaves only one question: Will there be a deluxe trade available for preorder?

Story: Christopher Sebela Art: Claire Roe
Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Welcome Back #8

Welcome Back #8

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Claire Roe
Cover Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Price: $3.99

Final issue! Tessa and Mali begin their counterattack against the forces behind the never-ending war.

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