Birds of Prey #79

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Ed Benes Publisher: DC Comics Critic Reviews: 1
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    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Mar 1, 2005

    I realize that a book featuring an all female cast is going to be host to cheesecake art, as comics' primary audience are teenage boys, but Ed Benes is a little too deliberate in his focus on the idea that these characters are women. It's difficult to take this book seriously when the art is so focused on playing to its audience. It's also a bit disappointing as the art spends so much time playing up the sex appeal of the characters that it neglects other elements that are just as important to the story, such as a clear presentation of the more complicated elements of the plot. I mean Barbara's situation with the Brainiac virus is supposed to inspire a sense of impending dread, but the art utterly fails to do so. The same goes for the final page cliff-hanger, as if it hadn't been for the dialogue saying the character had been shot, one would never know Thorn had been struck, as the art is still too focused on making the character look sexy. Read Full Review

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