Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Writer: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson Artist: Claire Roe Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 14, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 20
6.9Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

"WHO IS ORACLE?" part 3! Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress must team up with the GCPD to protect a mafia capo from an attack by his one-time friends! He's the only man with a lead on the nefarious new Oracle...but dead men tell no tales! Of course, it's hard to make a team-up work when the team's ready to tear itself apart on its first mission!

  • 9.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Sep 14, 2016

    It also expertly looks at Batgirl herself, as she attempts to take back an old identity of hers. But she also struggles to crawl out from under the shadow of the Bat. She's looked down on by a lot of characters who just see her as a silly little girl. But it's quite clear that she's anything but. And whilst the issue does spend the time getting to know Huntress and Black Canary a little more – it most definitely revolves around Barbara Gordon the most. And we're really not complaining. She has some of the best moments acrossBatgirl and the Birds of Prey #2, and we loved it. If DC Comics do anything this year, it's to carry on this badass series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Sep 14, 2016

    This is a stronger issue and you can feel the story building and the team coming together with great promise. The Birds all get moments to shine and with the intensity of their purpose increasing Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2 is a great read and a perfectexampleof a book on the rise. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 14, 2016

    This is one of those issues that feels jam-packed with content with plenty of action, intrigue, and character work. If you dig relationships and team building you'll dig this book; it has a lot of character! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Joe Ruggirello Sep 15, 2016

    Lovers of great superhero banter will definitely want to jump on the Batgirl and the Birds of Prey bandwagon. The story almost takes a backseat to the fun of watching Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress play off one another. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Sep 15, 2016

    In Conclusion: In their first outing together, the Birds have some wobbly steps, but maintain a thrilling pace and start developing the relationships that makes the title well worth following. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 14, 2016

    While we do get some action in this issue, the places where this shines is the calm moments, where we get to take a look into the mindset of our heroes and see if they truly are in over their heads.  The art works really great and the colors really shine through the darkness and I find myself really caring about Batgirl taking down the person who stole her old persona.  Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Sep 14, 2016

    While it isn’t quite a classic union yet, the Benson sisters have pulled all the necessary bits together to build something that is. Like many of the other books being released under the "Rebirth" banner, much of the first arc is being spent reestablishing some of the good will lost during the "New 52" years. Batgirl and the Birds of Prey is unquestionably a step in the right direction, and we can’t wait to see what a fully-functioning team will look like. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Sep 14, 2016

    Even without comparing the newest iteration of the Birds to my own fond memories, theres something missing from Batgirl and the Birds of Prey that I feel could take it from an okay series to one that is stellar. There are glimpses, like in the growing bond between the characters, but I still feel as though this comic could and should do more with less. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Sep 19, 2016

    However, all the problems this time seem a little less obvious because of the faster pace. Which isn't to say they aren't still there, it's just that the suspension of disbelief is a little better this time around. The art is an improvement too, although there's still a lack of flow and the placing of characters during the action sequences makes no sense. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Sep 14, 2016

    I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with Batgirl & the Birds of Prey at the moment. I'm madly in love with the idea of this book, the characters, and its story, but some of the things it does drives me crazy! While I consider it entertaining, there are so many small details that are preventing this book from elevating from "decent" to "really good" or "great!" For the moment, I'm still a fan and holding on to hope that this is the growing pains of learning to write in a new medium for the Benson's but I'm going to want to start seeing some improvements by the end of this arc. Fingers crossed! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Sep 19, 2016

    The Batgirl, Batman and Jim Gordon dynamic saves the issue, while the reader is left wondering what version of Canary and Huntress they'll get each issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 25, 2016

    The second issue works slightly better than the first, although the group is still far from the team it will need to properly earn the name Birds of Prey. There are rumors that another DC character will be joining the Birds in the coming months. Here's hoping it's someone like Zinda Blake who can add some lighthearted ass-kicking fun to the proceedings. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 14, 2016

    There hasn't been enough encouraging signs that this title will improve with this current creative team. DC has so many titles knocking it out the park that even grading on the curve, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey still comes up lacking. This may be a title worth revisiting down the road once the Bensons get more comfortable with the characters, but for now it's probably worth skipping. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Oct 7, 2016

    Artwise the book was pretty standard except for the way Claire Roe drew Jim Gordon. He looks rather young and nearly the same age as his daughter. That along with the questionable dialog took a lot of the oomph out of their interaction. Read Full Review

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