The "Night of the Owls" has begun, and so Batman has summoned his allies to help him against the immortal power of the Talons! Alfred Pennyworth sends the call to the entire Bat-Family to help against the Court of Owls' deadly servants. Batgirl is joining the fight!
Art by: Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes, and Alitha Martinez
The retelling of "The Killing Joke" continues in a story written by Gail Simone. Rather than presenting readers with a mere flashback, Simone makes a great effort to offer an interesting plot that naturally leads to the remembering of that atrocious night for Barbara Gordon. This is not a light story, or one with funny remarks here and there; this one is dark, personal, and tragic. Without taking much away from the original tale, great strides are made to actually build on it by slightly shifting the focus away from the main players. Then there is the other big elephant in the room: Babs' mom and her justification for her actions. There is something about it that felt somewhat flat; then again, Barbara's inner thoughts show she feels something is missing; so perhaps it is indeed an intentional move to be elaborated on later. That last page was creepy to no end and can't wait for what's next!
Written by: J. H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
Art by: Amy Reeder
Batwoman takes on Falchion's myth creatures as they threaten "To Drown the World" in a story written by Williams III and Haden Blackman. The pieces of this time-spanning adventure continue coalescing while questions are answered, and characters and their relationships are developed. Events from the massacre in issue #2 are elaborated on, Batwoman's dynamics with agent Chase get the spotlight, and Kate keeps digging herself in a hole from which she will not be able to get out of. After almost two years of much fanfare, Amy Reeder's short-lived run in the title comes to its end. Her style, although very different from Williams III's, had its own charm and fit perfectly fine with the theme and tempo of the arc. It is sad that creative differences did not allow the story to be delivered in its entirety with the consistency expected of such high-quality book.
"Brain Damage" is the seventh chapter of the Birds of Prey's first arc written by Duane Swierczynski and penciled by Jesus Saiz. The Birds have found Choke, but their enemy proves to be smarter and pulls an ace under his sleeve: Sterling.
For the time being, there should be a strict mandate at DC: Batgirl is not to be shot. Gail Simone is doing all this work rebuilding Batgirl's character through experiences that echo the brutal attack she was subject of, and then some other writer gets her shot at? and by an ally, of all people? It feels like Swierczynski crossed the line.
At least Batgirl knocked some sense into Sterling.
This scene between Batgirl and Black Canary was quite powerful. Not even a bullet in the arm hurt as much as Dinah's words to Barbara.
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