Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #17 Review and *SPOILERS*

League of Extraordinary Women

Written By: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson
Art By: Roge Antonio, Marcelo Maiolo, Dezi Sienty
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 13, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Now that the Daughters of Gotham have significantly taken out the population of men in Gotham, it's time for the Birds of Prey, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Gotham Girl, Batwoman, Orphan, Spoiler, Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman to find a cure for the virus and take this man-hating group down.  Let's jump into this issue and find out what's what about the ringleader of the Daughters of Gotham, Patient Zero and see if Batgirl, Batwoman and Harley Quinn can escape her grasp.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Patient Zero letting us in on why she's doing what she's doing and even though she's a hundred years old, she's only telling us what went down from her birth in 1917 to the end of the Second World War.......... and really, that's enough to make anyone see that men are the worst, but I don't understand why it took so long for her to implement her plan of killing off men to create a better world, but for how simple this story is, I guess it doesn't really matter.

Pretty much, this issue consists of people standing around and talking about what they've done, what they're going to do and why they're doing things currently, but even that seems weird because even though Poison Ivy was working on a cure in the previous issue, we now have to add more characters by going to Dr. Leslie Thompkins for help, where they immediately come up with a cure, even though it was Poison Ivy who did it so I don't really understand the progression except that we needed to fill up more pages.

In the end, the Daughters of Gotham are tracked down, but Patient Zero and Muir escape, where they intend on enacting their phase two, where they kill off all the men that have been taken to Seaside Coliseum, due to the hospitals being flooded with patients.  The situation is saved though after Gotham Girl takes the cure and flies it around the Coliseum and our issue ends with everyone happy and the idea that even villains can be heroes when the situation arrives.

That's it for this issue of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey and the biggest problem with this story is....... it's just kind of boring.  Yeah, you get some action at the end of the issue and the Benson's trying to let you know that they've researched the characters that they're using, but ultimately just comes off pretty flat and boils down to men and women are equal........ which could've been a powerful issue dealing with social problems, but the execution wasn't quite there.  The art in this issue is as good as it always is since we have Roge Antonio on pencils, but this story doesn't do anything to make this title anymore interesting, which is a problem because it's boring month after month.

Bits and Pieces:

Manslaughter comes to a conclusion this issue, but it doesn't quite hit the mark since the majority of the issue is just people standing around and discussing what's going down until they all just come together at the end to finish things off as quickly as possible.  The art is really good, but all in all the story was really lackluster and this series just continues to be sub par.  


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