Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #20 Review and *SPOILERS*

Mommy Dearest

Written By: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson
Art By: Roge Antonio, Marcelo Maiolo, Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 14, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

With Calculator hellbent on discovering who Oracle is, I don't think Barbara Gordon simply smashing the Oracle program and denouncing the identity to herself will be enough to deter the villain or his flaming robot Burnrate.  Hopefully, the Birds of Prey will be able to come together to take this robot and Calculator down....... that is, if they're not too busy being pissed at each other for Barbara keeping secrets and Gus Yale getting killed because of them.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Explain It!;

Our issue begins with us getting a recap of what's been going down lately in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey and then leans more into a background of Huntress, as this issue is primarily about her and her relationship with her criminal mother.  So yeah, with Black Canary and Huntress being pissed about Batgirl's recent secret life as Oracle and the fact that she had been hacking Calculator's network, it seems that Huntress has no problem in keeping the fact that she's been visiting her mother in prison a secret from her teammates or that she received a summons to court to act as a character witness for her mother at her parole hearing.  Her appearance there didn't seem to make a difference anyway, but because the Judge had been payed off by Calculator, Huntress' mother was deemed criminally insane and was sentenced to finish out her punishment in Arkham Asylum.  

Later, we move on to Gus' funeral, where the Birds are forced to get past their shit and work together because Burnrate showed up to scan the crowd, determined to still discover Oracle's identity, but it isn't until later that Huntress comes face to face with the robot when she's scoping out the Parole Judge's house............ and somehow immediately figures out that Calculator has the Judge in his pocket.......... even though it makes sense for Burnrate to be there for Huntress as well because of the whole Oracle connection.  Either way, we don't spend a lot of time dealing with this because we need Burnrate at Arkham Asylum, where Calculator and it break Blackbird and Huntress' mother, Fenice out of their cells so that they can put together a Birds of Prey Revenge Squad.  

That's it for this issue of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey and where I was really digging the direction that the Benson's were going with this story in the previous issue, here, things seems a bit disjointed as it seems we have too much story to tell in the time allowed.  Transitions feel weird, characters jumping to conclusions and the fact that our heroes' drama just seems to disappear out of nowhere.  All in all, I enjoyed the art in this issue, but felt the story was a bit lacking for everything that was setup here and for what we're going to get going forward.

Bits and Pieces:

While this story still has some fun merits, a lot of what we got here felt a bit odd and forced to get us to where this story needs to be and that's a shame for how strong I felt the previous issue was and for what I was hoping we were going to get going forward.  With that, the art in this issue is great, I just wish that the Benson's would have had more time to tell what could be a really cool story in a way that felt natural.  


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