So thatâ€™s it, youâ€™re breaking up the group…
When youâ€™re only given one issue to conclude a major story line and break up a growing team of kick-ass women, there are worse ways to do it.
When the fight comes to you, the best response is to turn the battle around and take the offense by striking the home base of your enemy.Â For the Birds of Prey the battle moves from Barbara Gordonâ€™s Silicon Flats business (which she blows up to cover her tracks) to an all out assault of Netcracker Systems, the home of the Silicon Syndicate.
As far as battles go, this issue has everyone playing their part, from Misfit teleporting around causing chaos, to Zinda blowing things up real good with her plane.Â The odd part is Barbara overseeing the action in him Limo with the newest member of the team, Infinity, watching on.Â It takes the better part of the issue for Infinity to put two and two together to figure out that Barbara is Oracle.
From my perusing of other DC titles, Birds of Prey is the only one that has referenced when this issue takes place in relation to Final Crisis.Â Unfortunately, Tony Bedard also left a big gaping hole in both stories, as the Calculator ends the series as a cybertuned bringer of death, yet in Final Crisis heâ€™s back to normal, hanging from a noose at one point.Â For some reason, I donâ€™t see Calculator remaining a major foil for Oracle.
The other thing that really doesnâ€™t sit well with this reviewer is the way in which Barbara breaks up the team.Â Instead of a well thought out decision, Barbara flees before the fight is over, leaving a Dear John letter for the rest of the team.Â Not Barbaraâ€™s finest moment as she essentially has a freak out and runs.Â Weâ€™ve seen Barbara break up the team before, but each time, she brings everyone back together bigger and better than before.Â Her goodbye note, seems to make it pretty final.
I donâ€™t know what DC has planned for Barbara, but thereâ€™s going to have to be some major rebuilding of the character for readers and characters in the DCU to take her seriously in the future.
And what the other members of the team?Â While not an active member, Black Canary has her own series, and it is a pretty good guess that weâ€™ll see cameo appearances by the Huntress in the Batman titles.Â With Misfit in the â€œcareâ€ of Huntress, thereâ€™s bound to be some sightings of the teleporting teenager.Â Manhunter has had her series cancelled twice, so I donâ€™t think weâ€™ll be seeing her any time soon.Â That goes double for Infinity, and more than likely Lady Blackhawk.
The issue ends with Barbara telling Misfit thereâ€™s a better than likely chance sheâ€™ll get everyone back together again, but man, itâ€™s just like a jackass boyfriend giving his girl the heave-ho with the promise that once heâ€™s done sowing his oats, he might come back to her. The individual members of the team are going their own way, and will probably grow as characters between now and December, so Iâ€™m hoping they donâ€™t come skipping back when they get the Twitter that Babs wants to get the gang back together again until the next time she decides to shut down business.
Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m being a bit hard on this final issue, but having gone through several of these situations before, both in business and in love, and the relationships are never the same when you try to patch things over after time apart.Â Â Frankly, the team was getting too large, so hereâ€™s hoping if the Birds of Prey return, the team is trimmed to a few members like the good olâ€™ days.
Of the three Batman family titles that were cancelled over the last two weeks, Birds of Prey was my least favorite, earning a mere 2 out of 5 Stars.