Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9

Writer: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson Artist: Roge Antonia Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 12, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 6
6.8Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

"Blackbird" part two! The Birds need answers about the mysterious Blackbird, who's handing out massive increases in power to Gotham City's most dangerous metahumans...and to get them they're sending their own dangerous metahuman, Black Canary, undercover into the world of black-market super-powered fights! Roulette rules this world with an iron fist...will she give up the secrets Dinah needs? And at what price?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Apr 12, 2017

    With issue #9, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey proves that while evoking classic Birds of Prey elements, there is room to grow and find inspiration from classic comics of days gone by. The key is always being able to make it seem fresh and new. Developing the characters in this title is the single most important aspect and that's happening. It only looks to get better next issue with Green Arrow and Nightwing joining in the fight! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Apr 12, 2017

    I really liked how they also decided to role in the potential/current love interests into this arc as well. It really gives a sense of continuity and connectivity in this universe. I just really wonder how 4 people with no powers and 1 metahuman can take on a character that has almost every power under the sun. I’m really excited how the Bensons plan to resolve this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 12, 2017

    This is a good issue with fun fighting and training montages as the writing team closes in on some new characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Apr 12, 2017

    This isn't enough to sink the story but it does make one long for a more clearly defined origin arc ala what Roy Harper received recently in Green Arrow. As is, Batgirl and The Birds Of Prey #9is an enjoyable work taken on its own merits. Just don't try and make it mesh with Dinah's other appearances in the DC Universe and you'll be fine. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Apr 14, 2017

    'Batgirl and the Birds of Prey' give way for Black Canary's undercover work which results in a hard-hitting and sneaky clandestine adventure with much more promised to come. It's the perfect set-up going forward and it's not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 16, 2017

    Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9 does an excellent job in building Blackbird as a serious threat the team has to contend with. Tying Black Canary's evolution to the Birds of Prey newest villain helped amplify the horrible intentions Blackbird had when teach her students to use her powers. Bringing Green Arrow and Nightwing into the fold helps add to the threat level Blackbird presents to the Birds of Prey. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Apr 12, 2017

    In this issue we see an almost frantic Green Arrow trying to find his girlfriend. This gives the reader a stronger feeling of how much those two care about each other. We also see Huntress and Batgirl's relationship staying pretty solid, despite having both of their ex (Nightwing) back in the picture. Despite all their differences, there is a strong bond forming between the girls. I'm very happy to be along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 12, 2017

    While we spend a lot of time dealing with a training montage, I really found myself having a good time with this issue and look forward to seeing what we get in the next installment......... Yeah, that's mostly due to a bad ass cliffhanger, but I'll take what I can get from this series.  The art was decent throughout and I'm happy to finally get excited from this series. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Apr 14, 2017

    The other birds do not even show up until the end but the fact there is two other DC heroes takes a little off that sting, and as I stated Black Canary is charming and capable of carrying a comic. However overall this comic felt a little like a pop left out that lost its fizz, I. E. It lacked a little sizzle. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Philip Lawrence Apr 15, 2017

    Overall I enjoyed the approach to the story. Focusing on just Black Canary and not including the rest of the Bird of Prey until the end was a risky move. But the Benson sisters have executed it with great precision. Now with Black Canary being controlled by Blackbird I am now more excited for the next issue as Black Canary is forced to fight her own allies. It will make for some interesting fight scenes. The real letdown here is the artwork. I was slightly disappointed with the declining quality in terms of character faces and expressions. Still I enjoyed the solo approach to the story and would recommend this for any Black Canary fans out there. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Apr 13, 2017

    While dialogue and art remain strong, the solo Dinah story doesn't generate as much appeal as a full team mission. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Apr 18, 2017

    There are more problems here, so many more, but be smart and avoid buying Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9 so you don't have to read them. It's a waste of time and money. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Apr 12, 2017

    I've said this before, but I honestly don't feel like the team behind Batgirl & the Birds of Prey is putting much effort forward. Every time I read this book, it comes off as, "Ok, this is all we need to do to get by, let's move on (to our television job). I even question why the editors aren't catching some of these blatant issues. Regardless, I've come to expect nothing more than this considering it's been a consistent problem for nine issues now. Call me crazy, but I don't think I'm asking too much when I ask for a story to logically make sense. Read Full Review

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