Birds of Prey 6 ended the current story better than I was expecting, given Dinah's behavior last issue. I do trust Gail Simone, though, so I wasn't worried. The cover was nice, and Helena really owned the issue. For a character I didn't much like when she first showed up in the DCU -- I was too big a fan of the original Huntress, Helena Wayne, to warm up to Helena Bertinelli -- she has become a favorite, and that's not just Gail's doing. Helena has simply evolved over the years to the point that she's more sympathetic, is more considering of her actions while maintaining her hardass approach to crimefighting, and is a fully realized, 3-dimensional character. And it's also nice to see one young girl rescued, safe and sound, when Dinah finds Sin.
My only complaint with the issue is that the art wasn't as nice as the cover. I didn't like the long, almost gaunt faces and half the time when only headshots were visible, I couldn't tell Dinah and Zinda apart. This book deserves better art.
Batgirl 15 was total fun. The opening sequence of Steph's drawings summarizing the state of the Batverse over the years was priceless and Dustin Nguyen's pencils suit the book nicely. I loved the cover, too.
In other female superheroes of the DCU news, I officially dropped Power Girl. The fun is gone. I wanted to give Judd Winick a full shot on the book, reading through the end of the first full arc, but this is not the book I want to read. I loved how in her own book, PG was lighter than in her JSA adventures. We got to see her warm, fuzzy side, while she could be tough and badass whenever the situation called for it. But the main selling point was that the book was a joy to read, bot for the kickass, retro feel stories and the lovely art. Now, the art is nice, but the stories don't live up to the high bar the previous team set for the book. Sorry, Judd, but there are characters you should not be writing, and this is one of them. And I don't care if you were required to tie your stories into the Max Lord stuff I'm not reading elsewhere. PG's been inept and annoying lately, and that is your doing. meh