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Review: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #22
By Philip Schweier
May 9, 2018 - 5:04

DC Comics
Writer(s): Julie Benson, Shawna Benson
Artist(s): Roge Antonio
Colourist(s): Marcelo Maiolo
Letterer(s): Saida Temofonte
Cover Artist(s): Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson; Yasmine Putri



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Huntress is missing, and Batgirl and Black Canary have barely recovered from last issue’s battle with Burnrate, the Calculator’s robotic A.I. Even with such allies as Green Arrow, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, the Birds may be in over their heads, as Calculator will spare nothing in learning who Oracle is.


It all boils down to a final fatal confrontation, with Huntress, Batgirl and Black Canary on one side, and Calculator, Blackbird, and Maria Bertinelli (Huntress’s mom) on the other. I’m not saying someone will die, but given this is the last issue (for now), it also marks a new beginning for those involved.


I’m digging Roge Antonio’s artwork, and I’m confident DC will have another project lined up for him very soon. They could do a lot worse than to put him on Batgirl or one of the other bat-titles. He has an economy of line that I greatly appreciate, with enough texture but not so much that his renderings look cluttered.


I’ve enjoyed this series very much, and am sorry to see it go. I wish I’d discovered it sooner. But that’s not to say the Birds of Prey will be out of action for long. They could always pop up again in any given title of the DCU, until they find their way forward once again. I look forward to that. In the meantime, perhaps Julie Benson and Shawna Benson can find their place on Bombshells.


Rating: 9/10


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