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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, Volume 3: Full Circle

(Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  350 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Oracle’s past entanglements with Gotham City’s underworld have gotten the Birds in deep trouble as Calculator, Catwoman and Poison Ivy all pull the team into their own dark agendas! Collects BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #14-22.
Paperback, 216 pages
Published July 18th 2018 by DC Comics
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Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
Some short filler stories sandwiched between two longer arcs. The first being about a virus that only makes men sick so the women of the DCU all pitch into help. My one bugaboo about it was that Harley Quinn was way out of her current continuity, back to pining over her "puddin". Then the Bensons wrap up the series with the Calculator's return along with some other reoccurring villains from the series. Plus, a robot named Burndown that they kept referring to as "she" even though it was just an A ...more
Wing Kee
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The best in the series is also the last. 3.5 stars.

World: The art is good, but it doesn't get amazing until Antonio comes back on the book, when it's Roge's art, it's beautiful, it's emotive, it's what I want this book to look like. The world building here is full circle because this is the end of Benson's run and like all writers in the modern era, when their time comes they pull all the pieces they created and do something with it. But that's not the only thing that is great about the world bu
James DeSantis
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
A lackluster ending to a decent start.

So first arc is about a man-killing disease that is hurting all the men in Gotham so all the women, both villains and heroes, team up to stop the people who have created this disease. The 2nd arc wraps up the big twist in the first volume, I won't spoil it, but it basically closes up loose ends and a bitter farewell to the series.

Good: Some of the dialogue is fun. I enjoyed seeing all the women team up and kick some butt for sure and the very very end is n
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
wow.... this was a fun run!

first: the reason i didn't give this volume 5 stars like 1 & 2. manslaughter. i did not like it. the concept of man-hating feminists vs the "good" feminists who like men in their lives is so old and DONE.
i adored the huge all-girl team up, though - and i appreciated the small comment at the end where renee and batwoman mentioned that the daughters hurt trans women as well as cis men.
but... i don't think the comment was specific enough, it seemed really vague and if i w
May 31, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020, graphic-novel
3.5 stars.

A nice finale to the series. I really enjoyed the entire run of this iteration of Birds of Prey. It an overall fun and engaging storyline with a lot of my favorite characters.

This particular installment featured a storyline about a flu that comes to Gotham, quickly spreads, hospitals are full, overflow patients have to go to the stadium, Gotham goes on lockdown, should people from different sides team up to stop the spread of this flu? Should they make a vaccine? Oh, and the flu is on
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Basic Plot: First the Birds of Prey have to save the men of Gotham City from the Daughters of Gotham, then they take on Calculator one more time.

This volume was the end of the writer's stint with the Birds and it wrapped things up neatly. There were loose ends tied up and closure given to characters. Overall, the stories were very solid and I enjoyed the art. I was saddened by character deaths. The first story with the Daughters of Gotham was really awesome, bringing in lots of female characters
Sep 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wow. Equality is achieved at last. Finally someone is brave enough to refer to a murderous robot that has no identifying physical female characteristics using girly pronouns. Feminism is dead, and SJW crap like this killed it.
Fraser Sherman
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Birds of Prey expand here until this almost a Brave and the Bold spinoff: we have Poison Ivy, Harley, Catwoman, Wonder Woman and during the Patient Zero plotline several more women. The heroes deal with a man-killing virus, their old foes the Calculator and Black Bird and Huntress' conniving mother. I couldn't get into this as much as V2 — it felt cluttered, though I"m not sure if that's the arc, the sheer number of word balloons or what. Not really bad, but it didn't grip me. ...more
Sina Tavoosi
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
It was somewhat fun but it wasn't, you know, good. Batgirl fucks up in a big way but it's waved away easily. We have an AI villain with 0 personality. A death is caused while someone tries to save a criminal and no one even cares. At these moments I can only recite Invincible's amazing words: "Being a hero... is bullshit." ...more
Edna (thebooknymph)
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ll definitely miss this team!
5 🌟

The Birds of Prey deal with a virus that is making the men of Gotham sick. They also deal with the Calculator again.
Chris Lemmerman
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
[Read as single issues]

After the stresses of the previous volume, it’s time for a field trip. But Deacon Blackfire has other plans for the Birds Of Prey! Then, a deadly plague targets the men of Gotham City and it’s up to the Birds and their allies to find a cure before it’s too late, before the series concludes with a three-way supervillain team-up between Calculator, Blackbird, and Fenice that will change the Birds Of Prey forever!

We open with the Field Trip one-shot, which pits the girls agai
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite super-hero graphic novel series continues. I really wish this was a TV series Sure Black Canary and Huntress already appeared on Arrow and are very different from these version, but even an animated series would be awesome. The art is beautiful, the characters badass. It's a real girl-power series. ...more
John Yelverton
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
All I can say is that Julie Benson is no Gail Simone, and this cheese ball, girl power, woo hoo graphic novel is Exhibit A.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Oh my gosh. This may have been one of the worst graphic novels/comics I've read. The first two volumes were good, but this was just all around no good. Here, let me give you a rundown in case you don't believe me.

1) The dialog is awful. I haven't seen this much of characters stating the obvious/describing what's clearly going on in a panel by talking to themselves since the '60s comics. "Bast's goons are firing on us from behind!" "We're under attack!"

2) There's a scene where a bunch of thugs
Ben Truong
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Full Circle picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting the last nine issues (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #14–22) of the 2016 on-going series and collects four stories: "Gotham City Limits", "Manslaughter", "Eco-Deadly", and "Full Circle".

"Manslaughter" is a two-issue story (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #15–16) and a finale (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #17) has the Bird of Prey taking on a mysterious contagion that made every male in Gotham City si
Scott Lee
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Much of this book was fantastic, particularly the "Full Circle" arc with which it culminates and which provided the volume's title.

The first story in here gives us a truly impressive and formidable team of Gotham ladies plus Wonder Woman dealing the a reasonably large scale threat. Unfortunately, those the were the best parts as the story itself underwhelmed a bit. The villains turn out to be a cadre of Gotham women who set to destroy all men. just...I don't know the Birds deserve b
Louis Skye
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
We’ve got 2 arcs here and a one-shot in-between.

The first arc sees the Birds of Prey teaming up with a whole bunch of female heroes (and a couple of anti-heroes). All the Gotham ladies, Lois Lane and Wonder Woman? Give me more! I loved seeing them together and honestly never wanted it to end. I would love, love, love to read more comics with all female/ trans/ non-binary heroes.

The actual story was okay but I was confused by its message. Essentially it’s about feminists fighting misandrists in a
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm surprised by how much I'm enjoying this series. (I haven't seen a volume 4 come out yet, so I'm hoping its continuing.) This book had a nice balance of "fun" and "serious" stories. The fun ones: The issue where Huntress and Black Canary take some students camping and end up awakening an evil spirit--and meanwhile, Batgirl goes on patrol solo, missing her buds. The Paris one was also a pretty fun one-shot. I mean, it's the Birds of Prey in Paris... what's not to love? My favorite story, thoug ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Short On Ideas

This was pretty bleh to me. Most of the stories fell flat, with the absolute worst being about the men of Gotham falling ill in a purposeful plague.

Who would want to kill all the men? If you guessed evil man-hating feminists, you win the prize of an unoriginal plotline. Just once, I'd like the person trying to wipe out men to have a different motivation. Like a dude trying to get rid of the so-called Chads of the world so he has a shot at a girlfriend. I would love to read that! B
Adam Fisher
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This Rebirth launched title ends on a high note. A very long Volume, but contains the following stories:
- A one-shot involving students, colonial dresses, and an urban-legend-turned-real encounter with Deacon Blackfire
- The Daughters of Gotham release a virus that attacks only men, so the Birds of Prey band together with other DC ladies and take the fight to them. Batgirl, Huntress, Black Canary, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Batwoman, Harley Quinn, Orphan, Spoiler, Gotham Girl, and Wonder Woman... amaz
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Really loved the first storyline about the virus that only affected men, and the resulting all girl team up. The only problem was there was so many characters to keep track of, and they never really explained how the virus spread, not all those thousands of men could have been injected. I also wish they had spent a little more time focusing on why those relationships were important to the female characters, like some were obvious, but others could have been explored a little, although that proba ...more
Robert Bussie
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Julie and Shawna Benson's writing continues to imitate Gail Simone's style with good stories and banter between the Birds of Prey. The story picks up plot points from volumes 1 and 2 with the Huntress' mom, Calculator, and Gus aka the New Oracle stories coming to a close. Add in an extra story about a women's group trying to kill all the men in Gotham and this book is a fun read. As a bonus Catwoman and Poison Ivy help out the Birds team again. Their appearances make these stories better and mor ...more
Macky Santiago

so on the one hand this run has produced some all time favorite moments. In the other hand there were so many elements that I personally can't get in board with until I re-read Gail Simone's run again. Is it a well written execution of what it set out to do? And is the art amazing? You bet. So at the risk of being the kind of fanboy(girl?) the run "calls out" in a really meta way... I am on the fence on this one. But at least the ladies are back in a new universe that has also given me back
Tyler Zamora
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series started off a little rocky, but things were tied up very nicely by volume three. I loved the dynamic between the main characters Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress. I thought there was great storytelling here with the loss of one of the members and we had some pretty good villains. I’m not a huge Calculator fan, but I enjoyed Blackbird and her ability to steal powers. Burnside was also pretty cool. Overall I think this series does a great job with the characters and it has fun, but ...more
Tom Brennan
A good wrap up to the series. Some short story arcs, and one where they double down on the cameos form the first part of the issue (I won't say what the cameo arc is about, because I think the surprise should be left to the reader to discover), while the last is fittingly called Full Circle.

Artwise, I think I grew to appreciate Roge Antonio's art though there were still some panels that caused me to think "that don't look right".

Like the previous two volumes, I'll give this one a 3.5, but unli
Somunachi Okee-Aguguo
*3.5. Overall a good volume, but it could have been stronger since this is the last volume. I liked the arc about the disease killing only men. I got the message that misandry isn’t great but it felt heavy handed and I feel like it could have been more subtle and better handled and I say this as a feminist. The ending really affected the rating, I didn’t like the two deaths that occurred I felt like having both those characters die was unnecessary. Overall it wasn’t a terrible volume and I still ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very fun swan song for the team (for now, at least). My favorite story in this collection was probably “Manslaughter”, in which all the female heroes of Gotham team up to save all of Gotham’s men, as they’ve been infected with some virus. We even got Amanda Waller, Lois Lane, Renee Montoya, and Wonder Woman! I also love seeing Catwoman, Ivy, and Harley on the team, helping out when they’re needed.
[This is a general review for the whole series]
I finished this series several months ago, so all I remember are impressions. First, being excited about the writers and the characters (Simone's run on BoP is not to be missed), second being disappointed at how uneven the writing and plots were. Some I really liked and some I had to force myself through. I liked the man-virus storyline. I thought the kid who hacked Oracle was a little implausible. I don't remember much else.
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