Birds of Prey #117 Review

Writers: Sean McKeever
Penciller: Nicola Scott
Inker: Doug Hazlewood
Colourist: Hi-Fi Designs
Publisher: DC

Something jarred with me while reading Birds of Prey #117. I knew it was something to do with the art but I couldn’t quite place it. For the most part Nicola Scott’s art was pretty good, though I don’t feel her ability to draw male characters is quite up to par as her female characters. Doug Hazlewood can enhance any penciller, so my eyes couldn’t have been struggling with his inking. So what was it? Finally, after looking through again and again, I realised that it was the colouring that wasn’t working in conjunction with the ink work.

I think this may be the first time the colouring has ever affected my flow of reading a comic, but with light sources conflicting with the hatching and blacks on some panels it took my focus away from the story.

Although It’s always nice to see a creator bring in new villains, rather than regurgitate the same old familiar faces over and over again, the mohawk sporting Mind-Bullet (guess what his power is) was a bit too kitsch for my liking. In contrast though the Gangly Man had a great visual and really piqued my interest.

The story was a capable hero romp with the teleporting (or nearly “Bamf”-ing) Misfit having to charge in to action to assist Manhunter against the new team of villains. Mckeever’s scripting made it impossible not to roll along with his portrayal of Misfit’s youthful exuberance, but he failed to hit his stride with many of the other characters, with villain Visionary coming across extremely awkward at times.

A readable comic with just too many slight problems.


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