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Chris’ Comics: Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #1

Nightwing #3 also shipped this week, and it’s a pretty good comic that features Barbara Gordon. However, so did B&BOP #1, which offers me MUCH more to talk about.

B013-Batgirl-and-the-Birds-of-Prey-1-Cover-214dcBatgirl & the Birds of Prey #1

Julie and Shawna Benson, Claire Row, Allen Passalaqua, Steven Wands

DC $2.99

It’s rare that I get to say that I have a guilty pleasure comic. Most of the comics I pull are critical darlings, or massive fan favorites. Then we have Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, which not only has a trio of character I like, but also a trio of female creators attached to the book. Should be a slam dunk for me right? No, the art is often ugly, and the dialogue is still WAY too over dramatic. Yet I can’t stop reading this book.

Birds of Prey #1 is the every cliche first meeting turn fight turn team up we’ve all come to expect from super hero books (Nightwing even chimes in on in, turning it into a running gag). Batgirl and Black Canary don’t trust Huntress, who Babs finally pieces together is Dick Grayson’s old spy partner/boss, but they come to terms with her so they can figure out who this new Oracle is. Unfortunately for our heroes, this new Oracle has a Batgirl-and-the-Birds-of-Prey-1-3plan, and this plan is SNAKE THEMED VILLAINS. Between this and the aforementioned Nightwing, it seems DC Rebirth is actually editorial ways of forcing BIG SNAKE onto the populace, and  I am okay with this.

I don’t want to crap on Claire Row‘s art, but there are some really questionable panels in this book. Barbara Gordon looks fine without her cowl on, but once it’s on, the shape of her head can only be described as “potato-esque”. Also there’s several instances where it looks like character’s teeth are trying to escape their mouths. With Roe as the inker and the pencilier, it leaves very little room for colorists Allen Passalaqua to make any improvements in this book. Their contributions are excellent, and its a shame that the line art he’s coloring isn’t better.

And like I said above, a lot of the dialogue from is bad, Julie and Shawna Benson as there’s a few instances where the characters argue with each other via screaming their motivations. Black Canary is often the voice of reasons and the only character who sounds remotely human. They do a fine job of showing that this new Oracle has gotten under Bab’s skin, so her acting slightly out of character at times is fine. But their Huntress spits Batgirl-and-the-Birds-of-Prey-1-7out cliche tough guy line after line to the point where it’s hilarious more than anything.

But that being said, I can’t stop buying and reading this book. It’s heavily flawed, but also crazy fun. While the art isn’t so hot in some areas, it’s more than serviceable in others, especially when it comes to the Babs and Canary versus Helena fight. And while the dialogue is so bad it’s good, the script itself and plot are pretty solid. So while there’s arguable better cape books on the stands, this is THE MOST CW DC book on the market, which means I MUST READ IT, despite my constant avoidance of Arrow.

 

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A return to form

What’s this? An article where I can get by without talking about Square Enix releases?!? Why yes, yes it is! Of course that means returning to the old hotness, talking about comic book related merch, so please deal with this return accordingly.

Long time FPNYC readers know I’ve poked plenty of fun of DC in the past, be it related to their non-Batman comics or action figures. However, I have to give props when they’re due when it comes to three new DC statues released by Kotobukiya, as they’re kind of great!

The Bishoujio line is no stranger to these parts, and I’m really digging the the newest addition to the line, the Huntress (of Birds of Prey and World’s Finest fame). The costume is obviously based on the one Jim Lee drew her in during the Jeph Loeb-penned “Hush” arc, which to be honest, I’m not that big of a fan of . And to be a nit-picky nerd, I would have preferred to see her armed with a crossbow rather than a staff. But those are simply a matter of preference, the statue itself is great, and if your a fan of the character and the line I advise you to pick it up. You can do a lot worse for $50-60.

Kotobukiya has also started releasing statues based on the new 52 Justice League and I’m really digging them. While not as impressive as some of the more high-end releases, the Superman and Green Lantern ArtFX+Statues are still really cool. Basically a high end figurine, each statue is a sensible take on Jim Lee’s redesigns for the League, and the end product looks really sharp with the metallic paint jobs for the character’s costume. Considering these are 7″ statues with magnetic stands, the $40 retail price makes these statues quite the bargain too. Wonder Woman is the next monthly release, so get on that kids.

Oh look, I made it 300 words without mentioning a Marvel product. Time for that to change!

I was kind of harsh on the last wave of Marvel Legends releases, but Hasbro has definitely rebounded with the first wave of the 2013 series. It’s another 5 basic figure set (with 3 variants) but it’s a lot more diverse this time around, and a lot more original content…sort of. X-Force Wolverine was originally a part of a SDCC X-Force box set, and I’m fairly certain he’s just a retooled Daken (not sure if ironic or creepy). But the rest of the line is pretty solid, even though the She-Hulk variants are kind of lazy (Red Shulkie is the standard, Thundra is the variant). In addition to the 3 I’ve mention so far, there’s Ultimate Captain America, the newest Avenger Hyperion( with deceased Avengers the Sentry as his variant),  and former Avenger/now Young Avenger the Protector with Iron First as his variant. The Build a Figure this time around is Deadpool arch-nemesis Hit Monkey, which is pretty awesome if you ask me. I’m a fan of gun-toting monkeys, and you should be to. Each figure will set you back $20, which sadly is the standard for highly articulated 6″ figures.

As I wrap this article up, I just want to once again mention Hawkeye #7, the issue where HAWKGUYS Kate and Clint deal with Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York respectively. You should be buying the comic I gave my 2012 pick of the year for as is, BUT with this special issue, Fraction is donating all his royalties from it to the Red Cross. Considering this is more or less a $3 donation to the Red Cross with instant gratification, it worth’s picking up. So do so!

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