Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2 is genuinely brilliant.
If this isn’t an example of why we need more female heroes in comics, we don’t know what is. Lets take a look at predominantly male team, the Justice League. That series so far is a serious disappointment. With next to no character development, and the plot is lacking massively. Switch to Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2 and it’s trio of badass female vigilantes show up the big timers to an embarrassing level. They work together with ease to provide the audience a riveting read with some brilliant action sequences.
The opening scene for example is a brilliant car chase, with next to no super powers involved. And that’s the key to this series. Whilst Black Canary is the only one with powers, they’re used sparingly. The issue is grounded in ways that make it a great crime series rather than a superhero comic book. In a similar way that Arrow Season one was a fantastic crime drama, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2 keeps it’s boots to the ground. And whilst Batman features in a small role – it’s definitive in keeping the series separate from The Dark Knight.
It also expertly looks at Batgirl herself, as she attempts to take back an old identity of hers. But she also struggles to crawl out from under the shadow of the Bat. She’s looked down on by a lot of characters who just see her as a silly little girl. But it’s quite clear that she’s anything but. And whilst the issue does spend the time getting to know Huntress and Black Canary a little more – it most definitely revolves around Barbara Gordon the most. And we’re really not complaining. She has some of the best moments across Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2, and we loved it. If DC Comics do anything this year, it’s to carry on this badass series.
A trio of badass heroines doing what they do best... What's not to love?
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