Strong Female…Birds of Prey?

Birds of Prey #3 cover

Birds of Prey #3 (Nov 2011)

Something about the recent Birds of Prey solicits has been bothering me, but I couldn’t put my finger on it until today…

Birds of Prey #4 cover

Birds of Prey #4 (Dec 2011)

And then Tumblr reminded me where I’d seen this before!


  1. says

    Hey DC? Steph called. She wants her Batgirl side ribs back!

    I don’t understand why they would end up using the second cover…

    I’m guessing it screams “sexy” but… I don’t see how they can fight with those poses. :-/


    Comic book physics and blatant female sexploitation, I guess, are screwy sometimes. :)

  2. August M. says

    Umm, could you elaborate on it because I can’t put my finger on it.

    Also, Babs will guest appear on Birds of Prey? Looking forward to it because I so far have enjoyed the DCnU, though many of the titles have been bad and unnessary(Men of War, really? Was a war comic so important that we couldn’t have a new Shazam series or something else?).

  3. says

    It’s kind of an in-joke for Kate Beaton fans. She did a satire/spoof with two other artists (Octopus Pie’s Meredith Gran and Carly Monardo) recently called Strong Female Characters that, among other things, mocks the kind of pseudo-sexy girl-power posing that’s on the BoP #4 cover.

    DC just announced on The Source that Batgirl will guest star in BoP #4:


    DC Comics – The New 52 and acclaimed writer Duane Swierczynski introduced a bold new take on the BIRDS OF PREY team dynamic – and in the fourth issue, a shocking revelation is going to upset the status quo all over again. Featuring a special guest appearance by Batgirl, the explosive issue’s going to rewrite the rules – so don’t get too comfortable, because anything can happen.

    “One of my favorite thrillers is Ira Levin’s A KISS BEFORE DYING, because right in the middle of the novel…well, the cliche phrase would be, ‘Levin pulls the rug right out from under you,’ but that doesn’t do his legendary plot twist justice,” said Swierczynski. “Forget the rug being pulled out from under you… when you reach that point in KISS, it’s as if someone’s rolled up that rug and proceeded to use it to beat the living crap out of you. That’s what I’m shooting for with this first arc of BIRDS OF PREY. I won’t tell you where it is (other than somewhere in issue #4) But If I’m doing my job, you’ll be relaxing, enjoying your comic, and then…”