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


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.


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