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Birds Of Prey #71

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2004
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Ron Adrian and Rob Lea

Publisher: D.C. Comics

The one element that I rather enjoyed about this issue is that Gail Simone was in the midst of a story when the War Games train began to roll through the Batman titles, so this title looks to have escaped the disruptive presence of the crossover, though I may be eating these words once this arc wraps up. However as it stands I can sit back and enjoy this arc safe in the knowledge that I'm not going to need a working knowledge of Batman's recent adventures to enjoy the show. With this said I have to display my own two-faced nature in that I rather enjoyed the fact that Vixen looks to be playing an active role in this arc, as the character has spent far to long in comic book limbo, and Gail Simone has some fun with the character's ability to call upon the abilities of the animal kingdom, with a cute little moment where we see the spirit of the mule provides Vixen with a valuable ability.

There's also an interesting plot being developed that involves Barbara, as we get a hint of a possible future that awaits her, and one is left to ponder the ominous suggestion that the final page image presents. There's also an interesting look at Savent's efforts to free a crime ridden neighbourhood of it's criminal element, and this scene nicely sells the idea that in spite of the fact that he looks to be following Barbara's demands, he's far from being reformed, as in his mind the limitation that he's not allowed to kill leaves the door wide open for torture. I do have to wonder about the big cliff-hanger moment though, as given none of the crowd looks to be carrying a gun, there's nothing to stop Vixen from calling upon the spirit of the eagle, and flying both her and the Huntress to safety.

First off I have to say it's nice to get a Mark Texiera cover, as frankly he had dropped off my radar, and I'm delighted to see his work again. As for the interior art Ron Adrian looks to have done a pretty close study of the work of the regular artist, as not only is his art a pretty close match, but he also looks to have adopted the panels that serve no other purpose beyond giving readers an eyeful of the characters assets. Still there are some nice action shots, as there's a wonderful intense moment where Vixen tries to run herself through with a knife, and Savant's attack on the drug den held up quite nicely, with the final panel doing a very effective job of capturing the idea that the character is still a villain.



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