Plenty of boobs and butt shots for the Hawkeye Initiative

Birds of Prey, Vol. 1: End Run - Gail Simone, Ed Benes, Adriana Melo, Alvin Lee

Bullet Review:

 

You know that stereotype that all comic books/graphic novels are is just soft-core porn? A bunch of scantily-clad women in suggestive poses?

 

Yeah, this book doesn't defy that stereotype one bit. The characters are great, from Black Canary to Blackhawk to Huntress to Oracle to Dove, each unique and special in her own way (or in Hawk's case, his own way). They are unique women, different and outstanding and defying stereotypical feminine stereotypes (meek, timid, shy - only Dove is somewhat like this, and even she has her breaking points).

 

It's just that Every. Single. Female. has to wear bikinis and fishnets as their superhero costumes. Really? I mean, REALLY?! Does that make any sense, to have a woman kicking crime's @$$ in a bikini that offers little to no protection? I know I sound like a broken record, but it's stupid. It's particularly stupid when SO MANY SCENES were drawn with the obvious fanservice intent.

 

Otherwise, the story and characters and writing are solid. Simone excels once again at writing women as women - not frilly delicate things that (some) men think are women, nor the robotic killing machines that (some) people think are the only way we can write kick @$$ women. I love how there are SO MANY women in this comic, how they have great interactions, how their concern is with fighting crime NOT who's in their bedroom.

 

The writing isn't the strongest I've seen from Simone, and then we have the sexist art which combined to take away a full star. Honestly, this was more enjoyable than my first foray into the Birds of Prey - now we just got to give these ladies more practical costumes, instead of Miss Universe swimwear outfits!!