It should come as no surprise that I would be recommending Batgirl and the Birds of Prey as the first official Geekerati comic book recommendation in over a year. Geekerati member Shawna Benson and her sister Julie are the book’s authors after all, but that’s not why I’m recommending this book. When DC relaunched their titles with “Rebirth” this year, the had the opportunity to return to the kinds of comics that I’ve always enjoyed. They had a chance to publish comics that were both topical and fun. In recent years, read “over a decade,” DC has often made the creative error of thinking that “grim dark” and “edgy” are the same as topical. That’s not the case here. Shawna and Julie bring a real sense of enjoyment to the Batverse and it is clear they are having a fun time writing the title. At the same time, they’ve managed to translate Oracle into the post-Wikileaks/Anonymous world in a way that makes the current story arc feel like it is pulled out of the “today” of an alternate universe.
Do yourself a favor and pick the book up so we can see where Shawna and Julie are taking us.
How much fun are Shawna and Julie having with the title? The hashtag they’ve created for it is #BatBoP. I don’t know if they referenced dancing on purpose, but they’ve succeeded in getting me to think about the Batusi and that’s not a bad thing at all.