Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey 6

Feathers and Foes are back with the conclusion to the Who is Oracle saga.  Fenice and Santo are on the loose.  Birds vs. Snakes!  Cops and Mobsters.  This is the ultimate Gotham story.  And yes, Gus is still fanboying out!

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Finally the finale.  Am I right?  Ever since this saga began, I, personally, have been waiting for it to end.  This starts off where the Birds are not a unit, which makes total sense, but I'm ready for the three of these heroes in the field, taking out bad guys, and making the world right.  Who is Oracle is quite an ambitious story line.  Although interesting, I spent most of my effort just paying attention to the Birds.  Black Canary, walking straight out the ashes of her new 52 run picks up right where she left off here.  A snotty nose punk rocker who actually knows how to kick butt.  #Rad.

This was a Huntress story, which should make me happy, but I am disappointed with the execution of how this character is coming off on the page.  Allow me to correct myself, the character is written fine, but the back story with Fenice is really turning me off.  Plus, now that I'm reading Grayson, I'm really falling in love with that interpretation of the the new 52 version of Huntress.  You can't always get what you want.  Mick Jagger has never been wrong.

The art in this book with Roge Antonio is not to my liking, but in a way, I believe fits the tone of this book.  Birds of Prey back in the day has a lot of iconic, bigger than life art of the Birds.  Rebirth has none of that in my opinion, which is not a bad thing.  However, I want Batgirl and the Birds of Prey to be a bestseller for DC Comics, which is not the case at this moment.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Birds of Prey 26: Suitor

Bane is in this issue!  How cool is that?  

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Bane is an intimidating figure throughout the DC universe.  He broke Batman's back one time, which had long lasting repercussions. This makes the character interesting to me, for when he shows up on the scene, any body can get it.  Even one of the members of DC's Big 3.  The art by Butch Guice is detailed, fitting, and spectacular.  The opening pages are narrated by Bane.  The Birds of Prey are like featured characters in their own book.  Believe it or not, in this situation, it's OK.

Batman lore is all over this book:  Lazarus' Pits, Demon soldiers of Ra's Al Ghul, and even a brief appearance of Talia, daughter of Ra's Al Ghul.  In all media Bane comes off in a myriad of ways.  In this story he comes off as a mad man who is mentally misguided and dangerous.  He says he's in love with Talia, so in this story he is seeking her out to choke the life out of her.  Rather disturbing premise for this issue.
 Once again Black Canary is cool as every, even when Bane is sweet talking her.  Black Canary was written to switch the tone up a bit, yet there are many panels that are uncomfortable.  Circumstances got Black Canary out of a lot of compromising situations.  This book's purpose is setting up a plot slated about six issues after this.  Chuck Dixon is a master of the long game as usual.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Feathers and Foes Anniversary Episode

A year ago we launched the first episode of Feathers and Foes on January 9th 2016.  A year has gone by and we are still hear.  Yes!  On this one show special Ashford and Sarah discuss the Huntress and her many incarnations.  We are hoping that Sarah will come back as a regular on the show.  Please send well wishes her way, encouraging her to stay on the podcast!
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