Barbara Gordon is the best DC Comics, female superheroine and I cannot be convinced to change my mind. The Birds of Prey are the kickass, female, superhero group where each member has a different background and talent. In March, I picked up the Birds of Prey graphic novel released coinciding with the movie. Additionally, I read Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Vol #1 Who is Oracle which should be no surprise. I decided to combine the reviews in one post since they do go hand in hand.
Birds of Prey: 4 Stars****
This is a graphic novel compilation of stories featuring the six characters from the movie: Harley Quinn, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, Renee Montoya, Black Canary, and the Black Mask. This isn’t highly rated on Goodreads since it’s a compliation. I knew this information going into the graphic novel, so I wasn’t disappointed. My favorite stories were Huntress, Black Mask, and the Black Canary.
The Huntress story was my top favorite because Nightwing and Huntress share the steamiest kiss. I hardcore ship Nightwing and Barbara Gordon together, but this wasn’t bad. I’m not sure if this is the best story told as I like it so much solely because Nightwing was in it. The Black Mask story shows how violent and brutal he can be. Black Mask isn’t the most well known Batman villain, but he’s one hundred percent ruthless. Finally, the Black Canary story features a fun cameo of another DC character which I won’t reveal.
I rated this four stars because I mostly enjoyed the stories picked and it’s a fun graphic novel for me to add to my DC collection.
Batgirl Volume #1: 4 Stars****
This Batgirl rendition features Barbara out of her wheelchair and fighting crime with her bestie, Black Canary. Huntress’s interests align with theirs and she teams up with them. Oracle’s identity is stolen online and the three try to uncover who this mysterious, fake Oracle is.
The negative reviews surrounding this graphic novel have to do with which Barbara Gordon you prefer. This outing features a much younger, more immature Barbara in her crime-fighting days. If you’re used to the older Birds of Prey stories, it shows an older Barbara who has already been wounded by the Joker and how she has embraced the Oracle identity. Many of the negative reviews don’t like this “hippy” or “trendy” Barbara who’s swiping through dating apps.
I’m devoted to Barbara Gordon as a character throughout the several runs of her story. This Barbara is younger, more naive, and at times, foolish. She’s also young and is trying to balance her three identities: Barbara, Batgirl, and Oracle. I do miss Barbara Gordon in a wheelchair because I felt she added disability representation in comics. However, can we eliminate the Joker story from comics? I hate The Killing Joke with a passion and how it intertwines with Barbara’s injury.
Overall, I rated this four stars as I do enjoy this portrayal of Barbara. This isn’t for everyone, and I get that. It’s all about what version of Barbara is your favorite. I like them both.
Quarantine has given me plenty of time to read my comics and graphic novels stack. What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments below.