Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #7 Review and *SPOILERS*

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Written By: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson
Art By: Claire Roe, Allan Passalaqua, Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 8, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score A The Bottom*

While I wasn't the biggest fan of the previous story arc, I found enough to enjoy about the previous issue to get me excited about where we might head going forward with this series because in a world where the Justice League title is one of the worst in the DC lineup, it would be nice to get some decent team books to make up for it.  Yeah, I'm just throwing shade left and right here, but I'm being genuine when I say that I really want to like this book and now that we can start fresh and Huntress is fully on board with the Birds of Prey, well it's just another opportunity for everything to turn around.  Let's jump into this issue and check out what Barbara, Dinah and Helena are up to during Valentines Day, where hopefully their new Oracle isn't their only date.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with our team taking on the Zodiac Master, who on top of being a prognosticator in the city paper, he's also a extortionist, who says that something bad will happen places....... and if that place doesn't pay him, he makes sure that it does with his ability to turn constellations into physical beings and set them on people.  None of this really matters though because Zodiac Master is defeated when Black Canary actually destroys the moon rocks and gems that he was stealing and he runs off vowing to return........... but she destroyed the artifacts!  Anyway, during this fight, Barbara had to run off back to her clock tower because apparently her realtors were trying to break in again and since we've been dealing with that since this series started, our hero decides to finally put an end to it by finding out what they're after.

This leads Black Canary and Huntress going in disguise as would-be buyers and the realtors taking them throughout Gotham; looking at apartments and houses that have recently been put up for sale since their former villain owners have been arrested.  None of this really goes anywhere and we spend time in this issue with Barbara having lunch with her father, which really doesn't go anywhere and eventually we get Barbara going to Oracle's to get back on the job and her immediately realizing what's going on.  

In the end, after Barbara hears that the realtors give each buyer a complete history of the property, which she never received, she realizes that a bank robbery happened in the 60's and the culprits were arrested in her clock tower, but the loot was never recovered.  With that, she tears up her floor boards, finds the booty and to end her realtor's shenanigans, she holds a press conference about finding it and donating it to the Gotham Children's Hospital.  With all that taken care of and then realizing that it's actually Valentines Day, the team decide to celebrate it together by hanging out, drinking champagne and eating chocolates and while that sounds hokey, it's actually the best part of this issue.

That's it for this issue of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey and while I thought I originally enjoyed this issue enough, the more I thought about it the more I realized that nothing really went on in it at all besides for Huntress actually looking for a place to live during her undercover time and Barbara getting her realtors off her back by remembering something from the 60's out of nowhere.  I really enjoyed the art in this issue though and I like how our team are actually acting like friends now.  The whole end scene, where Black Canary realizes that Ollie's been texting her all day and then when Barbara realizes that Dick is now in a relationship was the most realistic thing that happened in this issue and their response to simply have their own Valentine's Day was perfect in my mind even though it may have come off a little hokey.  Ultimately though, this issue was another letdown for me and I'm still waiting for it to do something that makes me think that this series will be worthwhile.

Bits and Pieces:

While we did solve a mystery that's been looming in the background of this series since it started, the entire issue surrounding it really gave us nothing.  The book did pick up at the end for me and I found myself really enjoying the art, but the story just doesn't seem to be there.


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