Sunday, August 14, 2005

BIRDS OF PREY #85

Another vision of the future courtesy of the infallible insectivore:
I enjoyed this far more than I have recent issues of Birds of Prey. And not just because this was the issue that seemed to assure me that Chuck Dixon is just a bad dream and we finally got rid of the execrable Brainiac!Babs subplot.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

Wow, that was like the happiest issue EVER.

And that cliffhanger- I think that a) Either the Batbooks are gonna do something VERY cruel during IC or b) Cassandra Cain's not going to be around by next year.

Wed Aug 17, 01:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Steve Pheley said...

I tend to figure the cliffhanger is just going to amount to a little thing that creates a bit of hope without actually having to change anything significant. But it's hard to say.

Good issue all around. I'm curious to see where things go from here.

Wed Aug 17, 08:59:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

Well, I would too- but to the majority of the "real world", people would answer "Cassandra Who?" when they think of Batgirl. And since DC is doing an all out assault on the readership these days...

I thought it was a good issue, even with the sugar shock, especially when BC did the Captain Sensible thing and just had Lady Blackhawk blow the shipment up. I'm glad LB's taking a more active role in the stories.

One thing, though: I have a sneaking feeling this issue will be covered in an upcoming issue of JSA. It just has that... "deleted scenes" feeling.

Thu Aug 18, 09:50:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Steve Pheley said...

Well...

(Spoiler warning but if you don't want spoilers then why are you reading a comment thread about the comic?)

...I think Didio said flat-out at a convention panel that Oracle wouldn't walk and be Batgirl again because she's a more interesting character this way. I guess it could be misdirection, but I'd think he wouldn't want to imply that she's going to become less interesting.

Anyway, if they do go back on it and make Babs Batgirl again (grrr) I hope they at least keep Cass alive and give her a new identity. (And not Spoiler II.) I think she's come too far to become Yet Another Corpse For Batman To Feel Guilty About.

but to the majority of the "real world", people would answer "Cassandra Who?" when they think of Batgirl.

If the rumors about post-Infinite Crisis events are true, DC really isn't thinking too much about what the "real world" thinks just now.

Thu Aug 18, 01:28:00 PM EDT  
Blogger The Comics Shrew said...

Now that the book is out... I can confess that when I first read the issue and wrote my review, the concept of toe-wiggling as a spoiler didn't even register. (Depending on when you read the review, the first version mentioned it twice.) Such was my thought process that I assumed that nothing would come of the toe-wiggling and, at best, the technovirus was just another wacky way of getting around the fact that nobody ever came up with a proper summary of Babs' spinal injuries and their effects beyond the obvious. Better than randomly firing neurons or whatever the last explanation was.

I've discussed this with friends for a while -- in a world with purple healing rays and nanotech and deus-ex-machina solutions, there's very little practical reason why Barbara Gordon is not already walking. The DCU has pretty much cured death, so why not paralysis? With all of her connections as Oracle, Babs could investigate any sort of treatment (yes, yes, there was that magic cure thing a while back). That an information broker isn't actively looking for new research, that she hasn't pursued Amazonian or Kryptonian or Rannian or Thanagarian medtech... it speaks to a very different set of problems. Emotional ones.

Any storyline that dealt with her recovery -- or even any hint of recovery -- would be lacking if it did not address Barbara's passivity toward fixing her condition.

Thu Aug 18, 02:37:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

One of Babs' requirements for working for Waller in Suicide Squad was that Waller would find a way to help her walk again, wasn't it? And IIRC, there was an issue where it was explained her spinal damage was far more severe than the crippled by Bronze Tiger Ravan. I think the doctor said the Joker's bullet shattered the spine.

Thu Aug 18, 10:04:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

IF Babs becomes Batgirl again, and IF Cassandra needs a new costume... then I hope it's that badass costume she wore in Justice League Elite.

Thu Aug 18, 10:05:00 PM EDT  

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