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I really want to like this arc. I really do. There is so much going for it to like. You have the regulars in the Birds (Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress) and you have them teaming up with all the other female Gotham heroes/anti-heroes (Orphan, Spoiler, Gotham Girl, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Batwoman). Plus you have Lois Lane, Renee Montoya, Amanda Waller, and Wonder Woman. My mind is telling me I should be loving this. Instead, I'm fully not. This like the previous issue leaves me sighing instead of having a goofy smile on my face. Simply put, the story and its plot holes outweigh the good natured stuff surrounding it.
Oh, there is stuff I loved. Catwoman/Huntress/Orphan tending to Batman/Nightwing/Clayface or Green Arrow being used as bait to lure those disturbing the virus out with Harley/Ivy/Dinah as his guardian angels. That was good and the issue's highlights besides of course the art from Roge Antonio. I love the little faces each character has in this (more so of the big villainous reveal and the "I am out of fucks and want to kick your asses" looks Orphan and Wonder Woman were giving them. That and the whole page spread of all the female heroes was amazing.
But the thing is-- everything else irks me. The continuity in the fact that Spoiler is being buddy-buddy, until this issue where Batwoman assholishly wants her by her side at all times. Stephanie walks around without her mask throughout most of the issue. Like what is up with that recurring theme? Every-time that happened in a comic near the end of the New 52 it kind of ticked me off. Keep her in the mask.
Likewise, how suddenly Harley Quinn is with the Joker after Death of the Family put her on the outs. Heck, even her ongoing has her on the outs. So da fuck? Why must that be her reasoning to be assisting? There could be other easier ones like following her ongoing or being with Amanda Waller (since Harley is on the Squad). These elements just make the hardcore fan just scratch their head and curse the comic gods for overthinking things.
Then there was the cliffhanger. Where basically Batgirl (why? Like seriously why Barbara? Ivy was right there and these villains seem more on point would want to recruit her than Barbara. Is it because she's too crucial to the fact she's onto making a cure? That's it isn't it?), Harley, and Batwoman are taken/brought before the leader of this group: Patient Zero. And--- I have no idea who the hell this is. Why couldn't have this been Dr. Poison? I mean she was in a movie this year. Or a new female Dr. Death? Like, we're supposed to know who this Patient Zero is but no real introduction till now? I didn't miss something in an issue prior did I? It feels like I did, but I came onto this series with #15 (because Marcio Takara was on that issue and he'll be on after so yeah. I'll be on because the comics been getting some good art).
Plus this is basically the first time you have four Batgirls (Barbara Gordon, Helena Bertinelli, Cassandra Cain, and Stephanie Brown) in the same room and-- nothing. No Barbara interacting with Cassandra. No Cassandra interacting with Helena. Just Barbara sharing the page with Stephanie just because. It's things like this that are way better handled in Detective Comics. I understand writers Julie and Shawna Benson are doing. Their hearts are in the right place, but the pacing is all over the place because of all this character juggling (I get the feeling Bensons are fans of all these characters and why they tried to give everyone a moment save Gotham Girl).
Because of that, the end result feels all rather underwhelming. Which is a shame because Rebirth's whole message is legacy and this arc seemed to embrace that, but it's all rather disappointing in the end. Yet, I will finish this arc. Why? Besides being a masochist. It's just the fact that the good intentions are there. The ideas are there. The little scenes they had that I liked warranted the next purchase. Yes, the execution of the arc has been meh. But I feel like if Bensons keep their tiny character moments and if Antonio is still on? I'm going to enjoy the meh ride (also I love Takara's art and again he'll be back on after this). I just wish a story itself featuring all these characters were better served. Maybe this would have been better served being a tiny x-over instead of a few issues.