I must start this review by stating proudly that Batgirl and the Birds of Prey is my new favorite Batgirl comic. Out of all the different storylines we've encountered since New 52, this is one that I am 100% on board with. This is the Barbara Gordon I know and love. This week brings the release of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2, from DC Comics, written by Julie Benson and Shawna Benson, with art by Claire Roe.
(WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #2)
In this issue, Barbara has a lot to prove. While her kinship with Black Canary has a reputation to go off of, her relationship with Huntress isn't all that solid. Can she really be trusted. Well that's exactly Jim Gordon's issue among other things.
Something that I'm glad happens in the issue: Batman shows up. Here's my question…will Gordon ever think that Batgirl doesn't need Batman? I'm still stinging from the strangeness of The Killing Joke movie and badly needed a normal interaction between the two iconic characters. In the end, he leaves the power to her, thankfully.
This panel gave me chills. There's so much going on there. So much.
As far as the current villain goes, Oracle…I'm really into the mystery of it all. Sure, we know of Barbara Gordon Oracle from the past, so who is this new person? Julie and Shawna Benson write a script that makes me want to stand on top of a mountain and shout how much I love her. The tone is exactly what a Batgirl comic should be. Claire Roe's art also brings a smile to my face. Barbara's character design feels more real than Burnside, but also more animated than classic designs. It's well-rounded.
All in all, I'm happy with Batgirl and the Birds of Prey and I'm sure you will be too. Be sure to grab your issue at your local comic book store today.