Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1 brings a new team to the streets.
Like the other numerous Rebirth titles, this is about Batgirl taking back her identity and becoming who she once was. Whilst she’s out fighting mafia goons – we find that someone is using her old hacker name. So she sets out to find who this new ‘Oracle’ is and why they’re selling information to the Mafia. It’s a simple premise, but it seems to work better than most of the other Rebirth titles. It works well as a story on its own rather than to kickstart a new series. If this is just the rebirth issue, what will be in store for the rest of the series?
The writing of the issue is downright brilliant. It seamlessly brings together three women who all have the same goal. They’re not variations of each other, they have their own individual backstories that we get a glimpse into. It’s a way of making these characters appear a little more three-dimensional. We see the tragic before and after phase of Barbara Gordon (we’re talking about The Killing Joke of course). We understand why Helena Bertinelli is conflicted and why Dinah Lance quit the Birds of Prey. It all flows together into a brilliant confrontation between the three.
The end of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1 teases this new hacker villain for the team to fight, but her identity is still a mystery. We don’t doubt that she’ll have some personal connection to at least one of the team, most likely Batgirl. We’re loving the style of the comic, with plenty of action, leather costumes and badass women kicking ass and taking names. What’s not to love? We can’t wait for the solo series to properly kick off, as it could end up being one of the better series in DC Comics’ current run.
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Three badass women kick ass and taking names, what's not to love?
- Seamless plot combination
- Villain Oracle