Vigilante & Birds of Prey – Vintage Comics Review

At my local comic book store, I have started perusing through the white long boxes where older comics are kept. The issues can vary from comic runs from last year or ten years ago. I wanted to poke around and see if I could find anything interesting. As it turns out, I did find a few issues that were worth purchasing. I wanted to share what I found.

Vigilante #1 – 2009 Marv Wolfman, Rick Leonardi, and John Stanisci

I became a fan of Vigilante partly due to the Peacemaker TV series. In the show, Vigilante is played by Freddie Stroma, and he portrays Vigilante as being a psychopath with an extremely dark sense of humor. In the comic, Vigilante gives off a Red Hood (aka. Jason Todd/2nd Robin) vibe to me. Vigilante is investigating a few murders with mob connections and ends up being purposefully captured by police, so he can brutally interview prisoners. This was an entertaining issue, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the complete series, so it serves as more of a collectible than a story.

Birds of Prey Manhunt #1 – #4 – 1996 Chuck Dixon, Matt Haley, and Wade Von Grawbadger

Birds of Prey is one of my favorite superhero teams. Led by Oracle (Barbara Gordon, paralyzed by the Joker) she works with Black Canary as they challenge the crime syndicate. In this run, Huntress and Catwoman get involved much to Oracle’s chagrin. It’s interesting how comics have evolved since 1996. There were certain images of the female characters where I thought “a man definitely drew this.” An example is Black Canary and she’s standing in a really awkward position, but her hip is out, so it shows off her body at a better angle. This didn’t take away from the enjoyment of reading Birds of Prey, it made me laugh and realize how in some ways, comics have become more evolved. I’m happy that I found this complete series.

I have had good luck with searching through vintage issues that I plan on doing this every time I stop by my local comic book store. It’s relaxing to simply sift through comics and I never know what I’m going to find.

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