Birds of a Feather in BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21

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BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21 BY SHAWNA BENSON, JULIE BENSON and ROGE ANTONIO.
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From the awesome artwork by Roge Antonio to the incredibly fast-paced storyline by Shawna and Julie Benson, BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY # 21 is a great issue!

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Flocking Together!

The Birds of Prey come face to face with the Calculator in BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21. With Blackbird and Huntress’ mother by his side, he’ll hold all of Gotham City hostage in order to find Oracle’s true identity. When a couple of familiar characters from the DC Universe join the fight, will it be enough to tip the balance in the heroines’ favor?

Full Circle in BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21

Right off the bat, Black Canary is the narrator for BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21. After breaking Blackbird and Fenice out of Arkham Asylum, the Calculator’s plans reveal themselves. This issue is very fast-paced and the art keeps up with the quick story progression. One of the main point’s of this installment is Black Canary’s lack of confidence in her Canary Cry. As Canary struggles with her powers, Huntress struggles with her relationship with her mother, who revealed her secret identity to the Calculator.

BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21 Page 1 - Image Courtesy of DC Entertainment
BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21 page 1. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

When Calculator holds Gotham City hostage, the Birds of Prey quickly devise a trap for him. With a little help from their friends,  they face off against Calculator and his powerful cohorts. So does everyone make it out of the fight safe? Let me tell you, the cliffhanger ending left me on the edge of my seat!

Calculator’s Plot

Thankfully, we learn a bit more about Calculator’s plans in BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21. Unfortunately, his plans for smoking out Oracle seem convoluted to me. I understand he’s the villain, and perhaps not a great one, but his roundabout way of finding Oracle is unnecessarily complicated. Recruiting Blackbird, Helena’s mother, and a number of mafia families to help him lure out Oracle just seems overboard to me. Also, he relies so much on his cohorts to fight battles for him. I wonder what will happen if he’s ever cornered by himself.

A Team Divided in BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #20

However, in BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21, I did enjoy learning more about Blackbird. In her backstory, she has an interesting connection with Black Canary. Since she appears to be able to steal powers from other metahumans, I’m curious about what else she has up her sleeves, other than mind control and shapeshifting.

Canary Won’t Sing

For some time, Dinah has struggled with feeling confident about her powers. This fear of killing someone with the Canary Cry holds her back. In a heart-to-heart with Green Arrow, she opens up about her struggle in BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21. His supportive words for her, “We’ll figure this out together,” speaks volumes to their relationship. The artwork coveys this crippling fear that causes her so much grief. Seeing a “superhero” that has confidence issues makes her so relatable as a character. In the end, when she uses her Canary Cry, she still, unintentionally, hurts her friends. This doesn’t appear to be the end of her internal battle and her lack of confidence.

BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21
BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21 page 4. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Awesome Artwork

Roge Antonio‘s art style catches lightning in a bottle. The story of BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21 is so quick, and the artwork matches that speed. All the leaping into action the Birds of Prey do looks awesome. Every explosion erupts off the page in an amazing way. When Black Canary confides in Green Arrow, there’s this nice softness of light haloing around them. If optimistic orange is a color, then it beautifully follows Arrow and Canary around this issue.

Birds of a Feather Stick Together!

Birds of a feather flock together in BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21. Catwoman and Poison Ivy join the fray this issue. It was awesome for the other members of Birds of Prey lend a hand. Roge Antonio’s artwork really lends itself well to action scenes. It’s a burst of good ol’ girl power action I love to see in the BIRDS OF PREY comics.

BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY: An Exclusive Interview with Writers Julie Benson and Shawna Benson!

Final Thoughts on BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21

BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY # 21 is a great read. Black Canary finally opening about her internal struggles was touching to see. Readers will emphasize with this hero and her confidence issues. Shawna and Julie Benson have written an awesome story. I loved the appearances from the other Birds of Prey members, as well as Green Arrow. BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #21 leaves on a big cliffhanger, so I’m anxious to read the next issue to see what happens!

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