Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Episode 42: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey


Issue 5 of the Batgirl and the Birds of Prey are brought to us by writers Julie and Shawna Benson, pencils by Roge Antonio, and colors by Allen Passalaqua.  This is the issue where we discover who this psuedo Oracle is right before our eyes.

What a wild run this story arc Who is Oracle? For me personally, this story arc is more about how will these characters be used in this Rebirth Universe.  Batgirl, coming out of the ashes of Burnside, Black Canary walking off he stage of her solo run, but the Huntress, she's not pre-Crisis, nor is she pre New 52.  She is not even the new 52 version that we say in Grayson, which is a great interpretation, but what do I know?  Yes, this arc is about finding out who is this new Oracle, which we will get to, but the really question is who is Huntress.

 
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Episode 41 Old Habits


Join Feathers and Foes as we talk about issue 25.  Tim Wallace of the Kord Industries blog.  We really enjoyed this one as well as Black Canary, who is getting some well deserved Rest and Relaxation.  Happy Holidays, everyone! 


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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Episode 40: The Hostage Heart Conclusion


Written by Chuck Dixon and Illustrated by Butch Guice, we get the "Conclusion" to the the Hostage Heart saga, which actually is a continuation from Hunt for Oracle story.  Mark and Ashford had a lot of fun with this one.  Babs, Dinah, and Ted.  What's not to like?

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Episode 39: The Hostage Heart Part 2


Black Canary is Gorilla City with Lady Vic, who tried to kill her recently, Death Stroke, who is MIA at the moment, and Grimm, a gorilla who is fond of human behavior.  These band of misfits are going down the yellow brick road to find a heart for Block Buster.  This is a story with Grodd, and he is not amused.  

Chuck Dixon scripts a wonderful story, and the artwork by Butch Guice is simply fab.  

 


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey 3


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Birds of Prey #3 gives us some fun flashbacks about the Black Canary, navigating through her young adult life as an orphan in foster care, a teenager learning martial arts, to a young woman becoming a master.  In a way, the flashback sequences sort of condensed some of the back story from New52.  
We also get to see all three, Batgirl, Black Canary, and the Huntress work together, reluctantly or not, in this issue, which was quite fun.  The Benson sisters even threw in a Mariachi band to boot.  

Mafioso types, snake men, and verbal low blows among forced friendships are all packed into this book.

 The art team really went to town on this book.  Claire Roe with the pencils and Allen Passalaqua complement each other quite well with the sequence when the police department, The Birds, and the Snake battle in the light, dark, and shadows.  

Monday, October 10, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Episode 34: The Deep


The Deep is the Hunt for Oracle, the last installment of the four part Nightwing/Birds of Prey crossover.  The End is near.  Oracle is on the run while Black Canary is trying to save her from the hands of Block Buster.   


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey 2: Electric Boogaloo


The Birds are hot on this new Oracle's trail.  Unfortunately, so is Santo's henchmen.  Batgirl and Black Canary are also trying to get used to The Huntress.

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey 2 is another off to the races issue.  High speed action, character moments, and plot movement most definitely.  We are waiting are still waiting for the pay off of discovering who this Oracle identity thief person is and how the Birds are going to stop them.

Of course, with someone else using the name Oracle, this story is going to be something that is personal to our protagonists, especially Barbara Gordon who has called Jim Gordon, her father.  Although we are not quite sure if Jim Gordon knows that Batgirl and Babes are one of them same, he definitely shows a lot of emotion when trying to convince Batgirl to sit this one out, for he believes that this case may be too dangerous.  If you look at the picture about, you will see The Birds and J. Gordon being tailed by Santo's men.  High speed chase in cars and motor bikes!  You even see Batgirl with a shotgun to blow the henchmen's tires out.  We can not stress enough how much Batgirl is not playing in this book.

We did mention that this fight is personal and very down home.  So of course Batman makes an appearance in this book; however not his shadow, not even his silhouette over shadows the power and presence of Barbara Gordon, Batgirl.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Episode 31: The Hunt 4 Oracle





Blockbuster is on Oracle's trail, which is quite understandable, she has been draining money out of his accounts for years, and now he is going to make her pay up.  Black Canary is in the Jungle, trying to duck and dodge Blockbuster's hired guns.  This is a story that is part of a 4 issues crossover between the Birds of Prey book and Nightwing, both written by Chuck Dixon.  Join us!!!

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The Hunt for Oracle number 2: Noose, is off to the races like a Birds of Prey always in the BOP books.  Black Canary is looking like a leading Lady.  Dodging Daggers and Accents.  Accents are relative, I know.  


Close up hand to hand combat is all in this book.  Lady Vic and Black Canary are exchanging blows, fighting like the loser will not make it home.

Black Canary gets the better of Lady Vic.  As you can see, Black Canary is not messing around with this woman.  The stakes are high.  Oracle is being hunted down by Block Buster.  We love seeing Barbara Gordon in control at all times, but I have to say that this thriller has me on the edge of my seat as well as the characters.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Masks


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Tim Drake, front and not so center, on the cover of issue 19 of the Birds of Prey.  What could be in store for the Birds and Robin? Hi-jinks! I just love the combination of Barbara and Tim Drake.  Two hi-tech geniuses/detectives.  They would make the perfect team.  Yes, I understand that Babes and Dick are the ones with the history, but Babara Gordon and Tim Drake would make dollar and scents.  OK, I will stop with the gushing.  This issue is the "Bottle" episode leading into the Hunt for Oracle saga.  Now some key events did arise in this issue; however, a reader didn't need to know the details of this book to follow the Hunt for Oracle crossover, which I believe may have been my introduction to Birds of Prey.

The Bat Family is in full effect in this picture.  Another down home issue where we get to see characters not taking on bad guys, but interacting with each other, a character driven piece.  Masks, issue 19, deals with a love, not triangle, square.
Ted Kord, former Blue Beetle, appears on the scene.  He and Oracle were internet homies before discovering who each other were in reality.  I thought Chuck Dixon, the writer, did a great job of characterizing Tim being a huge fan of Ted Kord, which makes perfect sense.  Give me my Barbara Gordon, Tim Drake, a Blue Beetle comic.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Episode 29: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1


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Darrin and Ruth!

Thanks to Darrin and Ruth Sutherland!  They sent me these awesome goodies!  A Green Arrow comic autographed by Mike Grell, and Trekker with a sketch by the Regal Ron Randall!

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Hateful episode 28



"All you get is lost children" -MF Doom



Hateful is written by Chuck Dixon.  Art Team = Pencils -Dick Giordano; Inker -Jackson Guice and Gloria Vasquez as the colorist.
This is a civil war story.  Although this was written in the year 2000, the themes are timeless, of course.  While Black Canary is trying to survive the violence that is happening in Transbelvia, Oracle is trying to balance her work life, helping Dinah, and her social life, which happens to be Jason Bard, her ex-fiance.
Feathers and Foes are also covering the animated Killing Joke movie.  This episode is action packed for your listening pleasure.

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We are in the self-proclaimed Golden Age of television, and I actually believe we are in a Renaissance, in deed.  One of the aspects of television and comics/graphic novel we have grown accustomed to is the story arcs.  However, no matter how "arc-plot" driven a show is in its run, the season will still stop everything to have a character building moment.  I believe this issue is not just a character building moment, but a comic building moment.  Birds of Prey 18: Hateful is reminding us what the Birds of Prey are all about in 22 pages.  Chuck Dixon is giving us a comic book about HEROES.  Look at the picture above, Canary, holding the hands of two children who may never be the same after this event, a Civil War between two races in Transbelvia.

These two kids may never trust the other side again after this event.  But maybe they will remember a time when a stranger placed their safety before hers.  Perhaps they will remember Dinah, the Black Canary - Hero.  

In comics we continue to hear about how all of us are just one bad day away from going off the edge.  Today, our supporting, guest character displayed that notion.  A young lady who took a risk, leaving her homeland and trying to practice her English and seek higher education in Metropolis.  However, all of that is cut short when she receives news that her brother and father fell victim to misguided hate.

Decisions that we make in split seconds determining the rest of our lives.  A cycle of endless violence passed from one generation to the next.  A country, pledging allegiance to the same flag, but when stuff hits the fan, sides are taken.  Dick Gioradano brought out the raw emotions that people are feeling in a time of war.  When folks are locked in together, they must learn to depend on one another in order to get out.  We would think that would engender a bonding moment, but in fact, it is what brought out the differences and primal behavior.  



Thursday, August 11, 2016

Contest

We have a contest for you!  Do you want this Batgirl?  We can send this action figure to you.  All you need to do is guess the right number, 1-36.  Leave the comment below on this thread. Good luck.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Episode 27: Nuclear Roulette


This was a fun episode with some intense content.  Nuclear Roulette stars the usual line up with an assist from Power Girl! Ashford, Mark, and Laura also did the retrospective about the Birds of Prey television show.  Feathers and Foes have covered the television show since March of this year.  What will we do without it?  I will miss it, indeed.    

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Part 3 of 3 of this Joker/Terrorist saga.  Power Girl and the Black Canary go all out in order to stop some bad guys from launching a bomb that will kill every citizen in the Big Apple.  Oracle, with her ability to hack into satellites and the Pentagon, enlists Major Van Lewton and Lt. Providence to help out with this all or nothing mission.  Again, the intensity is on high, of course, but tempers are also flaring with a past beef between Oracle and Power Girl.  To our knowledge, this incident is not in a back issue, so I guess we are going to have to get this back story in a future book.  Long game!

Butch Guice makes Power Girl and the Black Canary look like women who can get the job done.  Not one time in this issue do I every think, "They need to get more people on the job.  With Power Girl's Atlantean ability, she is able to give flying capabilities to Dinah, so how can we lose? Even with my cocky, confidence in the Birds, Chuck Dixon still brings the intensity with the drama and suspense.


This was a 3 issue story arc where the narrative kind of "jumpcuts" from each book. In my personal opinion, there were some gaps that I believe could have made this story even better.  Especially in the trade paperback format era we live in today, this would have been a heck of a 6 part story.  Do you see the Joker in the picture above? Folks, the art in this book is just bananas.  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Feathers and Foes 1 - Shot Special: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Rebirth #1




The wait is over.  Batgirl and the Birds of Prey has arrived for the publicto read, digest, repeat.  I must admit, when the news came back that the Birds of Prey was hitting the stands for the first time since 2014, I was interested, but was a little more enthusiastic about the early days of the book, which we have been covering on Feathers and Foes since January 2016.  As we got closer to July 20th, 2016, my apprehension subsided and my anticipation brought me back to being a kid again.  For the first time in my life, I ordered a comic online, which was this book.
I wanted a midnight show, and let me tell you something...I got one.  This really felt like an event.  The fun of seeing these characters on the same page, and I don't mean that figuratively, was like Christmas morning.

Most of this story centers around Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, which came as no surprise; she is the headliner after all.  Her confidence oozed off the page like syrup dangling from the spoon of a hungry, inattentive child.  Shawna Benson and Julie Benson did well with getting me up to speed on these characters and where they are in the DC Universe.

When New52 came out, I read the first 20 issues of Batgirl, and jumped off when Gail Simone left the writing duties.  After her departure, the book took a couple of turns, leading towards the Burnside era that I am not up to speed on to be honest.  To me, it came off as trying to go for a younger audience, which I believe is a good move.  After all, DC needs to try to engage a younger fan base into being lifers.   I will go back and try to read that run sometime in the winter.

As for the Black Canary in the new 52, I read about three volumes of the Birds of Prey, which starred the Black Canary as the lead.  I remember being some what entertained, but eventually, because of time and budget constraints, I dropped the book.  Feathers and Foes will cover that era when we get there, so stay tuned for that one.  Now I did read the dozen issues of the Brenden Fletcher run with Annie We on art duties.  I highly recommend you seek that out.  That 12 issue run was experimental, fun, and daring, which made it one of the most dynamic books coming out of the era in my opinion.  Now the Benson sisters did capture the essence of Black Canary, Rocker slash Butt Kicker.  They even established that Babs and Dinah worked as the Birds of Prey when Barbara was the Oracle.


And then there is the Huntress, who appeared in the Nightwing Rebirth for a brief moment, which was ultra-cool!  Dick Grayson and Helena Bertinelli worked together in a spy organization called Spyral.  Huntress is my favorite comic book character, which many of you know.  I am going to reserve judgement on this incarnation of the Huntress, but I will give a slight spoiler.  I think I will love her.  Claire Roe on pencils and Allen Passalaqua, the colorist, really brings this opening issue to life.  I've read several Rebirth issues and none of them seem as dynamic and promising as this book.  The colors and emotions in just this one story are more than what I paid for.  I can't imagine how much fun it will be to read the ongoing story plus all of the callbacks that we get along the way.


Feathers and Foes are excited to talk about the new Rebirth Batgirl and the Birds of Prey series written by Shawna Benson and Julie Benson.  Art by Claire Roe.  We usually upload our podcast on Fridays, but we are excited about getting the dialogue going today.  Please join us in the conversation by contacting us on Twitter @feathersandfoes.

HUNTRESS!!!!

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