Birds of Prey Vol 7: Perfect Pitch by Gail Simone, Paulo Siqueira, & Robin Riggs (2005)
Oh, Gail Simone… How I love the way you write the Birds of Prey… This is a lovely team book with a satisfying amount of quality character interaction. All these ladies have their own style, personality, and appearance. They’re have enough in common to work well together, but there’s also tension between some characters.
None of the plots in here are going to blow your mind, but that’s not the point of the book. It’s about interactions. It’s about a group of women working as a team without being catty or competitive in a destructive/negative way. It’s about how they support each other and learn to work together despite differences in approach or code. It’s about developing relationships and learning to appreciate – or at least respect – each other. And that’s beautiful. It’s also about a bunch of beautiful women kicking ass. It’s a pleasure to read.
Birds of Prey is mainly a team book, but Simone doesn’t leave us without individual character moments either. There are different sections of the book that focus on or showcase the skills of Barbara/Oracle, Black Canary/Dinah, Huntress/Helena, and even Lady Shiva (I included their personal names for personal moments and professional names for hero moments)! And impressively enough, all of the women are interesting! I would have loved to learn more about the fascinatingly mysterious and cold Lady Shiva, or have the wild, fun-loving Zinda get some spotlight, and Gypsy seems like a sweetheart I’d enjoy getting to know. However, I understand there’s limited space and Simone wanted to focus on developing her core Birds: Oracle, Black Canary, and Huntress. Still, a girl can dream, can’t she?
All of the artwork is well done, but I do favour the art done by Siqueira and Riggs over the various artists who did the first half of the volume. I just love their art! Such great colours and lines that are tidy but also expressive.
I want to give this five stars for character interaction, but I can’t justify giving the book as a whole that rating, so I’ll settle for…