Today, I’m happy to have my son, Connor, return to the blog for yet another of his graphic novel reviews. Thankfully, this is becoming something of a regular occasion, and I personally will be enjoying it for as long as it lasts.
Genre: Superhero Comics
Series: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1
Publisher: DC Comics (April 11, 2017)
Length: 168 pages
I’m really starting to think this whole Rebirth thing isn’t for me. Actually, I really liked the New 52 A LOT, so I wasn’t all that excited about Rebirth anyway. But I thought I’d like it better than I have so far. And Batgirl and the Birds of Prey is the latest book to leave me wondering why DC did this.
Here the Birds of Prey (Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress) get back together to discover what criminal is using Babs old Oracle alias to spread crime across Gotham City. Not only are the criminals causing terror around town, they are also smearing Oracle’s good name, which really upsets Batgirl.
On the good side, this book actually introduces each of these characters. The origins of Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress are explained so that new readers (like me) understand who these guys are and why they are together. And, I guess, the story itself was pretty easy to follow, did get better as it went forward, and had an okay twist at the end. So this graphic novel isn’t horrible, and I’m sure lots of people will find it a good read. But I didn’t like it.
To start with, I never liked the artwork. All the characters looked strange, seemed out of proportion at times, and had some serious Anime facial expressions going on. I know other people loved it, saying it was gritty, or something. Maybe, it was. I don’t know. All I know is I hated it. Guess we all like different things.
As for the characters, I guess they just were not for me. Batgirl and Black Canary had no real personality; Huntress wanted to kill everyone all the time; and the trio spent the whole time arguing about different things. I mean, okay, I can see Batgirl and Huntress not liking one another cause they both have “dated” Nightwing, but all the bickering and stuff got old. After a while, I really wanted them to stop trying to be a team and kick Huntress out already, since they couldn’t get along.
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Who Is Oracle? is a graphic novel many fans of the team might like. It has a decent story, keeps the action (and arguing) going from the first page to the last, and ends at a high point. While the art wasn’t for me, others seem to like it. So if you are a fan of this team, this book might be exactly what you are looking for. As for me, I tried it, but I just didn’t like it.
I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d like to thank them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.
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About Connor (In his dad’s words):
Connor is a teenager who enjoys graphic novels (DC Comics are preferred.), superhero movies (X-Men:Days of Future Past is his current favorite.), watching episodes of The Flash, Arrow, and The Walking Dead, as well as the NFL, NCAA football, and the NBA on t.v., will happily accept any and all caps (because you just can’t have too many caps), and whose favorite music right now revolves around anything by Bruno Mars. And, no, Connor did not have any input into my paragraph about him. Being a dad does have it’s privileges.