Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9 Review and *SPOILERS*

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Written By: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson
Art By: Roge Antonio, Allen Passalaqua, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 12, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Man, why's Black Canary gotta go and do things the hard way for?  In our previous issue we saw Dick Grayson making an appearance so that he could track down a meta calling herself Gemini, but Dick's stay in Gotham didn't last long........ neither did Gemini's powers either because her teacher Blackbird is apparently teaching metas to use their powers to a greater capacity, only to take them from her pupils once they do.  So yeah, it was off to Roulette's meta fight club for Black Canary so that she could go undercover alone and hopefully flush Blackbird out and get to the bottom of what she's up to.   Let's jump into this issue and see how Black Canary's faring now that she's without a team and on her own.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with us finding out that Blackbird does indeed use Roulette as a mean of finding new metas to exploit....... which is a good thing because without that, Black Canary would be doing all this fight clubbing for nothing.  With that, Black Canary gets the attention of our villain, what with her kick ass moves and her incredible winning streak and the villain takes our hero under her wing so that her training can begin. 

Yeah, the majority of this issue is seeing Black Canary through a montage that shows her improvements with her powers under Blackbird's tutelage and for awhile there, I really thought that Dinah was going to drink the kool-aid because while she was technically undercover to get info on what Blackbird was up to, she did seem really happy with her improvements and even seemed to respect Blackbird a bit.  Yeah, that all changed when she was snooping around one night and saw Blackbird go and steal one of the other student's powers, which then led her to another student instead of going straight to the Birds of Prey and that student went and had a whammy put on him and Black Canary as well.  Yeah, it seems that Blackbird's School For Gifted Youngsters isn't all it's cracked up to be, but with Black Canary having that whammy put on her, I doubt she'll be complaining much.

In the end, Batgirl and Huntress decide that two weeks undercover without so much as a word is too much time to leave Dinah on her own, but before they can begin their hunt for their friend, they're confronted by someone else looking for her and that's Green Arrow.  With a little info from the now powerless villain from last issue Gemini, our team get together to go take on Blackbird and after calling Nightwing in, it looks like they're going to have a hell of a team-up doing it.

That's it for this issue of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey and even though this series continues to try and pander to geek culture with throwing out references to Star Wars and the like throughout, I actually found myself enjoying this issue............ with the exception that no one seemed to know who Black Canary was even though she was a famous rock star previous to this series.  Besides that though, this was a decent read even with the majority of it having to do with Black Canary simply training her power.  It just lets the opportunity for these new powers to come around later on and I can dig it.  The art was decent throughout and I really think that Roge Antonio is doing a hell of a job on this book and with the awesome cliffhanger we got, I'm actually really excited to jump into the next issue.

Bits and Pieces:

While we spend a lot of time dealing with a training montage, I really found myself having a good time with this issue and look forward to seeing what we get in the next installment......... Yeah, that's mostly due to a bad ass cliffhanger, but I'll take what I can get from this series.  The art was decent throughout and I'm happy to finally get excited from this series.


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