Story: Julie and Shawna Benson
Art: Roge Antonio
Source Code: Part 1
We’re finally getting to the heart of fake Oracle and what his deal is in this story. At the end of the last story arc, he told the Birds that he had a friend or a business associate that needed their help, so we’re finally going to find out who that silent partner is. As someone who’s been reading this story from the very start, I’m super excited to find out who this bad guy (or girl) is. And to find out if fake Oracle is really a bad guy or if he’s just being taken advantage of. Read on to find out what happened!
***Non-Spoilers and Rating at the bottom***
Just hangin’ out
We open up this issue with Canary and Huntress dangling fake Oracle off the top of a building by his feet. Apparently, Babs has been following fake Oracle’s computer activity this entire time! So every little weird message we’ve seen between this guy and the person who is giving him medication has been monitored by Babs. So, when fake Oracle decided to call a meeting, Batgirl knew exactly what was going on. Finally, a Batgirl who has the upper hand! (She isn’t this ‘on her game’ in her solo book).
Exposition time …
We go on to learn that the guy who took advantage of fake Oracle was (drumroll please …… ) CALCULATOR! Yes! So happy that he’s finally showed back up in the picture with Batgirl and the Birds. Calculator approached Fake Oracle and gave him a choice: come work for him or Calculator would frame fake Oracle for crimes that Calculator committed. But apparently Calculator isn’t as bad of a guy as he has been in the older stories. He has a family to take care of now. And that family is in danger. It doesn’t help that fake Oracle is actually struggling with Bi-Polar disorder, which is why Calculator has been providing him meds. I seriously don’t understand why fake Oracle would need someone like Calculator to get meds for him though. If this guy has the prowess to impersonate Batgirl, it seems like he could manage getting a prescription filled. Anyway, the birds arrange a meeting with Calculator.
Time to help out the Calculator
The birds show up to a meeting with Calculator and he tells them that someone has kidnapped his family. The kidnappers are from a company called TerraCare, which is a place that Calculator tried to rob. So now, Batgirl and the Birds have to help Calculator get his family back, because there’s kids involved. So Batgirl decides to start with the contractor that Calculator used to Rob TerraCare. And at the end of the issue, we get a glorious splash page showing us who that is:
Yes! Another yes moment! So it looks like we’re going to get some Catwoman action in the next issue of this series. And I couldn’t be happier. It just feels like Catwoman and Calculator are the perfect set pieces for a series like Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. I think this story was fairly solid (except for a couple little holes I managed to poke in it. But hey, comics!) and I’m super excited to see what comes next!
Sum it up!
We got a couple of huge reveals in this one that were all very exciting for me to read. Without spoiling anything for the readers, I will say that all the time you’ve spent reading the last 11 issues of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey has not been wasted. Julie and Shawna Benson know how to write my favorite comic book character: Batgirl. And I’m super excited to see what comes next!
Ben DuPey | NCR