Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Ron Adrian and Rob Lea
Publisher: D.C. Comics
A pretty entertaining issue that manages to set up a pretty interesting little mystery, as the Birds of Prey investigate a string of suicides that look to be tied to a cult. This in turn lead to an issue that focuses on the Huntress as she heads off on her first mission where she wasn't racing to rescue a kidnapped member of the Birds of Prey team, and needless to say Barbara is quick to discover that sending the Huntress on an undercover mission is not a smart move. Than again the final moments of this issue make it pretty clear that the cult is pretty good at exposing undercover operatives, so it's entirely possible Barbara sent the Huntress in largely due to her ability to upset the apple cart. If nothing else it does manage to generate a pretty exciting cliff-hanger finish as I became a fan of this issue's guest-hero during her time in Suicide Squad, so I'm delighted to see her rescued from comic book limbo, even if it's only to play the role of a mind-controlled pawn of the villain.
The issue also manages to inject some truly funny moments, with the Huntress' clumsy attempt to make it look like she's come to the region to fish. Her exchange with the fake police officers was also a lot of fun. Also while it's not all that important, my inner comic continuity geek won't let me finish this review without taking a moment to mention that the information maven Oracle should be aware that another connection that exists between the three heroic identities that the dead teenagers were wearing is that they all have ties to the New Teen Titans, as Jason Todd helped the team on a couple missions where they battled against Cheshire, and later Brother Blood.
First off I have to say that I loved the cover shot, as not only is it a lovely piece of art, but the nostalgic fanboy in me is delighted whenever the characters are allowed to speak. As for the interior art it's a bit cartoonish and at times it gets a bit muddled and unfocused where it wants the reader's eye to be drawn on the page. However, the action does have a nice sense of impact, and I can't deny that it does seem to be quite good at recognizing the big impact moments, such at the final page where it becomes clear that the help Barbara had set in place is not going to be as helpful as the Huntress had been lead to believe.
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