Story: Julie Benson and Shawna Benson
Art: Roge Antonio, Colors: Allen Passalaqua
Release Date: January 11, 2017
Batgirl, Black Canary and Huntress have finally identified this new Oracle. The real plot twist is that Huntress's mom is Fenice. Just as Oracle, (The real Oracle) and Black Canary think they have lost Huntress she follows Canary after Fenice and her gang of reptiles. Batgirl returns from being Oracle to join in the fight. The trio find themselves in a movie theatre and a fight breaks loose. The GCPD shows up as backup shortly after and Huntress takes off after Santro and Fenice. This is where I finally get interested in this series, Huntress finally learns the truth about what happened the night her family was slaughtered.
The Truth Emerges
According to Fenice, her and Santo were in love. Remember she wasn't married to just some average Joe she was married to a mafia boss so divorce wasn't an option. The plan was to kill her husband, Huntress's dad and run away with Santo. Santo set up the murder, however the assassins he sent went rogue and killed not only her father but her brother and they attempted to kill Huntress as well, When they dragged Fenice away they took her to a private jet for her and Santo to fly away. Fenice went on to say how she left because she couldn't live with the man that killed her children so she vowed to get vengeance for her kids. Huntress said the revenge was her right and Fenice passed the torch to Huntress to finish up Santo. We then cut back to the movie theatre.
Growing Up and Moving On
We cut back to Black Canary and Batgirl kicking ass and they see in the window Huntress aiming her crossbow at Santo and they make an A line for her location. Once everyone arrives and by every one I mean our Birds and the GCPD, Huntress completely flips script. She knows she's earned this kill but realizes that its not going to bring her family back and that she will probably get no satisfaction from it. She not only asks Jim Gordon to lock up Santo but her own mother as well. Of course Fenice begs her to just start over but Huntress knows that she's already lost her mother. More importantly she recognizes that because of her mother her family was killed. Sounds like Huntress will move forward from this as she decided to join the Birds of Prey for good. After they group hug they go back to scold Oracle 2.
They remind Oracle 2 that he could have gotten them killed. After short consideration the BOP decides to ask Oracle 2 to join them and of course he accepts and from this point on he is the new Oracle. Once the trio departs Oracle’s lair we see a weird message pop up on the screen. The new Oracle is working with someone in what appears to be a scheme to bring down the birds! BUM DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNNNN...........
I honestly am not crazy about this story line. The Birds of Prey have so much potential and no writer wants to take it!!! I feel like this trio are very underrated because no one has come up with a captivating story line. It's not completely terrible but honestly I'm not crazy about it. I'm probably just to picky in my love for female super heroes or if these girls are really just underrated that bad. I'm anxious to see the ending of this story line and find out who is behind this and what they want with the BOP. As for the art, it was ok, I wasn't blown away, but at the same time I've also seen worse. The colors were kind of dingy which could have added to my boredom of the story line. Either way I am looking forward to the next issue and I don't believe it’s to late to fix the story line.
Corrianne Hamlin | NCR