- Did you have a favorite issue this week?
Birds of Prey, without a doubt. I remember when Brightest Day was first revealed to be an event to come after Blackest Night, the thing I was most excited for was a relaunch of Birds of Prey with Gail Simone back writing them, and from this arc, it definitely didn’t disappoint. The writing was as sharp as ever, the art by Ed Benes was great (the pick-up work by Adriana Melo kinda stood out, but was still decent), and the characters both acknowledged the changes since they last were teamed up, but still had great chemistry together. Plus the addition of characters like Hawk & Dove help make things more interesting.
Don’t get me wrong, the Brightest Day issue was okay, but I mostly focused on this Hawkworld thing that kind of just felt like Johns trying to put a band-aid on continuity more than actually telling a story.
- Was anything surprising to see?
I was surprised by the seeming murder and suicide of Savant and Creote, because I remember how much of a big deal this was when this came out. For those who don’t know, it was heavily implied that Creote was in love with his partner Savant, and at a time when LGBT representation in comics was…sort of “take what you can get,” a lot of fans really held on to them.
So seeing them appear to have died in the second issue was a bit of a controversy in the LGBT readers because there’s a habit in media, especially at the time this was published, of gay and lesbian characters being killed off over and over again for shock value, because LGBT people always have to have tragic lives, I guess. It even has it’s own trope name, “Bury Your Gays.”
Of course, what’s funny is (spoilers for later on), Gail was actually subverting the trope, and we find out later that the two are not only alive, but responsible for the whole plot.
- Which of the Birds of Prey is your favorite?
Oof, that’s a hard one. They’re all so good! I literally don’t think I can really decide.