Birds of Prey #102 (March 2007) Written
by Gail Simone, art by Nicola Scott and Doug Hazelwood
When Lois Lane guest starred in Birds of Prey, Barbara Gordon was
worried. She knew that Lois was a relentless reporter and that if Lois was
looking into her for any reason, like for secretly being Oracle and leading the
Birds of Prey, then she was in serious trouble. Lois had managed to put most of
Barbara’s Birds of Prey activities together, but she wasn’t there to out her.
She was there to warn her to tighten her security; if Lois could dig up that
much dirt on her, someone with more nefarious intentions might be able to as
well. Lois Lane only goes after the bad guys.
“Did you forget who my husband is, Helena? It’s a series of unlocking metal grommets…”
This is both an awesome moment because I just love Scott and Barda’s marriage that much anyway, but also amazing because I adore the Justice League International and Ice and this unveil was kind of perfect.
We’ll have to see where this goes in the (relatively) near future ;)
“Nonsense. I just need some pliers. Or a knife will do. And some strong wire. Oh, and a towel for the carpet, perhaps?”
Seriously. People who don’t love Barda? I don’t really have words.
Charlie’s facial expression in the first panel, too, is just hysterical.
I’ve wondered for a super long time, though, what happened to the rest of Barda’s chest plate in that middle panel. I’m not knocking Nicola Scott’s art – it’s gorgeous as always – and I’ve seen people give Barda a v-line for no reason before. It’s just weird here. Because they left her neckline armor and I’m all confused.
“It’s called being human, Raven. And I think you’ve worried enough about the bad. How about we focus on the good for a change?”
Now, see, I don’t talk about it often, but I actually shipped Garfield and Raven so hardcorewhen I first got into the DCU. And while the fire in my passion has died down quite a bit since high school, I still really like these two together when they work well.
“For the founding Titans, this was always more than a base of operation. It was a home. Here, we could develop our abilities, hone our strengths, and overcome our weaknesses – together. It would be a safe haven. Free from judgmental eyes watching over our shoulders.”
Okay, class. The lesson today is: what is the Teen Titans “Mission Statement?” This. All of this.
This is what the Titans were founded for. This is what the team means, why it resonates so well with young demographics in every generation, and why it continues to baffle me that recent incarnations got it so damn wrong.
The heart of the Teen Titans is the idea of building a family among your peers. It always had been. And whenever that gets removed from the series, I find myself completely uninterested in the team no matter who is on it.
“Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. We’ve been to hell and back together, but our bond remains intact. Our love. Our friendship. Old. New. It doesn’t matter. As long as there are Titans, we will have a tower. Titans together. Our camaraderie. Titans forever.”
So… there were lots of wraps up prior to the New52 relaunch. There were lots of efforts to close up stories and prepare the universe for starting anew, with varying degrees of quality. I’m not going to pretend I’ve read them all, because I haven’t. But I’ve read quite a few. And this? This is the best one.
Because as much as it was the wrap up for the 2003-2011 Teen Titans, it also felt like it looped together the Titans of previous generations. And it wasn’t an ending so much as it was closure, with lots of threads still open to explore and solid relationships you know will continue to endure.
It’s a closed book that was polite enough to leave a bookmark for others to pick up again. And I think it paid off very well.
I’m just going to go have something in my eye for the next six hours.
“Keep that thing away from Conner and Supergirl. It could kill them, too, remember?”
Well, Tim has his priorities.
No, really. I like how JT Krul’s written Damian. He has interesting relationships with both Rose and Tim, he’s got the cocky pre-teen voice down, but he doesn’t hold back on just how brutal Damian is or how cutting his tongue can be.
Again, Rose and Damian have an interesting chemistry I would have liked to see more of but, alas… stuff :(