Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Batgirl and The Birds of Prey #9

Writer: Julie Benson & Shawna Benson
Artists: Roger Antonio

Blackbird Pt. 2

In order to find out how Blackbird is increasing the powers in some of Gotham’s most dangerous metahumans, Black Canary goes undercover. Her power and ability quickly grabs the eye of Blackbird, and Dinah is taken to Blackbird’s secret location to be trained. There, Dinah gets more than she bargained for, and it looks like she may be in over her head. Now the rest of the Birds of Prey, with the help of Green Arrow and Nightwing, go on a hunt to find their friend.

One Fluid motion

The Lead up to the Blackbird arc has been pretty well orchestrated and smooth. Last issue we saw Nightwing get caught in the cross fire of the Birds and Gemini fight. At that time Gemini was one of Blackbird’s puppets. In the end, we see Huntress call Nightwing in for back up. Now it makes more sense that Nightwing would help them since he was inadvertently burned by Blackbird’s doing. I appreciate the new approach in how the Bird’s went about getting their prey. Usually there would be some spying and then a quick infiltration, which would end in the bad guy’s ultimate defeat. This felt deeper since now Dinah has more invested in the situation. Not only has Blackbird helped Dinah expand her powers, she has also started developing relationships with the other victims at the facility. So will the take down be a little more complicated than usual?

The Bad Guy

With superhero stories, it tends to get redundant with the ‘bad guy vs. good guy’ battle we see every week. Despite that, I am impressed with DC’s ability to spice things up a bit. Blackbird isn’t your typical villain. She is able to suck the powers out of her victims, making herself even stronger. Now she has the power of hypnotism, and has Dinah under her spell. I see a fight among friends in the near future.

So What?

Character development is always a super important part of any story. To care about the Bird’s of Prey, you have to care about each member individually. The Benson sisters have done an amazing job in highlighting each character and taking time to really focus on them. We get a deeper look into Canary in this issue and I can honestly say this is one of the first times I’ve felt invested in what happens to her. Not only are our feelings towards the heroes important, but also how the writers define the characters’ relationships with each other.

In this issue we see an almost frantic Green Arrow trying to find his girlfriend. This gives the reader a stronger feeling of how much those two care about each other. We also see Huntress and Batgirl’s relationship staying pretty solid, despite having both of their ex (Nightwing) back in the picture. Despite all their differences, there is a strong bond forming between the girls. I’m very happy to be along for the ride.

7/10 ★★★★★★★✩✩✩

Ariel DuPey | NCR

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