Birds of Prey - #108
Synopsis: The Secret Six gather themselves and get back into their car. Catman finds a note from Huntress saying that she likes nice guys and when he decides to be one she might still be interested. XD
Harley Quinn says she quits the team b/c Dan Didio thinks she'd be better in Countdown to get readership. >.>;;
Spy Smasher argues with the Birds on the plane ride home, trying to assert her authority.
When they return, Barbara challenges her to a fight and Manhunter hits her in the knee knocking her down. :O
Barbara fights Spy Smasher and beats her! :D
Angered, Spy Smasher gets up and starts to leave swearing to use her influence to bring Barbara down but is confronted by a large group of heroes! :O
and Black Canary who explains to her that all of the heroes support Barbara and that if Spy Smasher tried to exert her influence, they'd all band together and do bad things to her. :O
She leaves without a fight XD
Some girl talk ensues XD
Barbara then goes to an alley and finds Misfit, who, as she suspects is homeless. :O
Misfit explains that she never met her dad and her family was poor but got by okay. There was a fire b/c the landlord bribed the inspectors and she was forced to abandon her family by teleporting away b/c she can't teleport with other ppl and her mom wanted her to be safe :(
Barbara offers Misfit a home with the Birds and she accepts. :D
Review: Awwwww :(
I dunno. :( I might prefer Gail on Birds than Wonder Woman, just b/c it seems like the higher profile book you're on in DC nowadays, the more power the editors or whatever have over your story b/c of this "editorial driven" thingie they're doing now >:|
So she might be forced to write dumb plots that she wouldn't want to. Like Wonder Woman taking some time off to find herself as a stripper or something >:|
But still, this was a good farewell issue! :D
To me it seemed kinda impromptu tho? Clearly it didn't seem (to me neways) that Gail introduced Spy Smasher only to get rid of her a few issues later >.>;; So she prolly didn't expect to leave the book so soon for WW? :o
I munno. :o
It seemed a little rushed. :O
I almost feel bad for Spy Smasher being bullied like that! :O
But all the heroes together was cool! XDDD
I also like how the fight on the cover happens exactly that way in the book.
I know I read at least one person who was complaining non stop about it, but I never had a problem with Barbara fighting out of the chair.
How ELSE is she supposed to fight?
Disabled ppl are not USELESS outside their chairs!
As I kept saying, my best friend is in a wheelchair, he has a bad spine and weak legs, and one of his legs was amputated when he was younger. :(
But he does so much out of the chair! In fact he's often not in it. :o He can move around by himself with his arms, and climb stairs while bringing his chair up WITH him :D
If he was to fight he wouldn't just sit in his chair and roll over ppl's toes or something! XD
So I liked this! :D
I dunno if crippling Spy Smasher is such a good idea? It seems like it's "to make it fair"? But I dun think it's necessary, Barbara can beat her neways! :D
I just hated reading that person say that knocking a person out of their wheelchair is cruel. It's not possible that Barbara left it on purpose? It's not possible that she's NOT UTTERLY HELPLESS outside of it?
In fact that "compassion" seems more condescending to me than nething!
It'd be the same as saying a cover with Lady Shiva fighting Batman is "cruel" b/c it's a man fighting a woman and clearly unfair to the woman and mean to them. >.>;;
That's only true in the Beechen-verse where women suck even if they are the greatest martial artist in the world! XD
I thought the Misfit part was a bit over the top tho. :(
It reminds me of applications for an RPG I used to run which was about a school and ppl kept giving crazy applications where they tried to make themselves the most sympathetic character EVAR! Dead parents, dead siblings, abuse, etc... everybody was like trying to top the other!
One even literally wrote that her character had 14 dead siblings in her past (not due to a single event like a war or something)! >.>;;
How sympathetic does Misfit have to be?
I'm amused that Barbara says that she knew Misfit was poor b/c her costume wasn't very good. :o
That hasn't stopped every other superhero who doesn't have money from making a super awesome costume tho! XD Just ask Spider-Man >.>;;
But... if her dad left before she was born (as implied since she never met him), how does she have a baby sibling? She's like 12 supposedly when her brother/sister was a baby. Did her mom meet another guy? :o
It just seems like the baby was thrown in to make the family more sympathetic! :(
She's shown the ability to warp across the world :O Couldn't she have warped to the fire station to get help? :O
Or warp the wall away? She said that nothing living survived bouncing with her, but she can bounce with inanimate objects (or she'd be naked all the time) can't she? :o
Or have her mom jump out the window and warp underneath her, catch her, warp down another foot, catch her, etc.. eventually you'd reach ground... >.>;;
But obviously in a panic situation you prolly wouldn't think of that! XD
So I'm just coming up with alternatives, I'm not saying it's a bad story! :O
But it is a little over the top to my tastes? :\ And I'm all about tragic backgrounds! XD
I just didn't think she needed to be THAT TRAGIC.
In fact I kinda liked the idea she was rich and popular but preferred to be a hero cuz she was still lonely? :O
Or at least more normal. :(
I'm just tired of the orphaned/estranged/etc teenage superhero trope. :(
They even had to make Tim an orphan!
I guess for the same reason why you never see parents in teen drama shows and stuff. It makes it more annoying. It's more fun to write teenagers if they have no parental restrictions, or homework, or school. >.>;;
But still! It would be nice to have more teen heroes with families. :( Like the Blue Beetle! :D
I wish Misfit and Jaime would meet each other!
They'd be SOOOOO cute together! :D
Why IS Shiva back? Maybe she wants to go beat up Robin... or Adam Beechen! XD
I'm surprised Batman wasn't there. :O But he's prolly busy playing WoW on his laptop while Amazons destroy Washington DC! XD
I guess that throwaway line with Harley explains why she's in Countdown? >.>;;
I'm tired of these editorially driven storylines! >:|
I'm gonna miss Gail on BoP :( It was one of my favourite books and was one I could count on to be consistantly good, or at least not bad at the worst :D
Hopefully she gets enuf freedom on Wonder Woman to make it just as good! :D
*hugs to Gail* :)
Angelwings Rating: 4 out of 5 humiliated Spy Smashers :D
Recommendation: A great going away issue, and worth getting for BoP fans :)