Sunday, December 25, 2011

Birds of Prey #4

The Birds of Prey welcome a new member in "Absolutely Mental" by Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz.  Whereas Batgirl's guest role in Nightwing #4 was carefully crafted and in synch with previous events, her joining the female squad was disjointed and made little sense.  I was thrilled to know Batgirl was going to appear in this title, and later on, when it was confirmed she would actually join, I was ecstatic; however, it's been months since the initial announcement, yet her sudden presence felt improvised and last-minute; like the story was supposed to go a different way, and then five minutes ago someone said "hey! throw Batgirl in there, draw her in the pages you haven't done yet and let's see where that goes".  There is no explanation, no actual reason, and worst of all, in complete contradiction to Dinah and Barbara's talk in issue #1.  Perhaps issue #5 will smooth Batgirl's induction to the team.

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