Review: Birds of Prey #8

Undercover Animals” – Part Two
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artists: Javier Pina & David Lopez
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Review by Fay Clark

The stunningly suited and booted  Birds of Prey were in the middle of an undercover op the last time we saw them, helping out fashion model and fellow superhero, Mari McCabe, AKA Vixen, who seems to be having some issues with her clothing line. Mind-controlling fabrics are making people commit crimes, and someone’s still after Barbara Gordon, too. Will we get some answers, in Birds of Prey #8?

Well that was just Sinful

When Kelly Thompson sees an opportunity to pun it up, she takes it. I appreciate that in a woman. Thompson’s always been an amazing writer, and this series is a testament to that. Making silly puns in a comic book feels like a right of passage, but doesn’t take away from the characters’ normal traits when handled properly.

I still can’t get over the fact that the team’s had a roster change, and Thompson’s still on top of making sure that all the characters still come across as individuals. Everyone’s personality shines through so well, in both dialogue and monologues.

Kelly’s grasp on women being there for women is incredible. We have a whole storyline about a clothing company, and this could have very easily been a stereotypical look at women in the fashion industry, but it isn’t. Thompson’s made this issue a full-fledged mission with drama and real-life consequences. The writer also manages to tackle classic comic book action sequences, without losing the main focus of Mari’s business being on the line, as well as Babs’ life.

Covering Up Important Information

One of the first things that grabbed my attention in Birds Of Prey #8 was the shadow, tone, and cross-hatching used to enhance the characters’ muscles. Javier Pina and David Lopez have done an amazing job of making sure we know just how much our ladies work out.

The extra attention to the toned bodies of the Birds of Prey really added an extra layer of “These are Superheroines”. Match that up with Jordie Bellaire’s wonderful color work and what you get is a stunningly unique comic book. There are a few full-two-page spreads in this issue that look truly amazing. I spent a lot of time just trying to pick out all the details, and am still convinced I missed a few things. I also want to give props for the well-placed cover-ups… bravo.

Conclusion

Why must you insist on doing this to me? I’m already a fan, people! There’s no need to keep hitting me with amazing cliffhangers to keep my attention. Honestly, WHY?!? How can you keep doing this to your loyal and beloved readers?!

I now need the next issue so badly.

Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment


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