Batgirl and The Birds of Prey #8 is a bit of a crossover between Nightwing and itself. We open with Nightwing chasing Gemini in Gotham city with the help of Batgirl and Oracle. Gemini has fled from Bludhaven and Nightwing intends to find out why she came to Gotham.
Gemini being a metahuman is able to do some pretty neat tricks here is able to dispatch Nightwing pretty quickly. Not to mention being able to take on Batgirl and The Birds of Prey while still holding her own. However in a typical team up fashion Batgirl, Huntress, and Black Canary are able to fight off Gemini, resulting in her running away.
Being such a big Detective Comics fan, it is really good to see another team up book that isn’t just about the main character. Each of the characters here has been fleshed out in their own titles over time. Yet to Benson’s credit, they don’t appear to be reinventing the wheel on this book rather just taking it for a spin. Even with Nightwing in the mix the story never feels muddled it seems more like a spin-off as a Gotham Justice League of sorts. Most of all everyone has their place in this book.
Art wise this book is no slouch either, stylistically they match the teenager gossip tone of the story being told. This is by no means a bad thing, they know who they are telling this for and the nail it. While cartoony in style, thanks to colors and inks, they are still able to convey emotion throughout.
I am honestly surprised at how much I liked this book, knowing full well that I am not their target audience. This just goes to show that solid storytelling is all you need. I am hooked and I can’t wait to see what is in store next issue.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Batgirl and The Birds of Prey #8
Written by Julie Benson and Shawna Benson
Art by: Roge Antonio, Allen Passalaqua, Deron Bennett
Published by DC
Release Date: March 8th, 2017