The story itself was fun enough with some exciting fighting, but it was mostly held up by Duane's characterization and Ryp's MAD pretty art (which seems oddly simplified and yet still full of detail, if that makes any sense). I also find it odd that it's Batgirl that contacts Strix, when I seem to recall Babs still being leery about her even after the events in the Batgirl Annual.
Yeah, this arc was a little clumsy and incoherent, but at least Swiercynski managed to actually give it an ending. That's gotta be a first, right? Baby steps.
I liked Katana's bomb solution. In fact, I generally enjoy that whenever the chips are down, Katana simply reaches for the most decisive, brutal, and crazy solution at hand. I hope that trait makes it to her solo series.
Same Day: Batgirl, Supergirl, WW, DemonK, JLD, Dial H, Earth 2, SoS
Maybe Later: Action, GL, Aqua, DCUP, Titans, Firestorm, Animal, Swampy, Batwoman, Worlds F, JL, Flash, PhantomS, BoP, GL: NG
I caught up with the last arc of this series (13-15) and I have to say I'm glad at this point Swierczynski is moving on. The arc was not bad but it wasn't very memorable. I read it like two days ago and I can't even remember why Condor was there, like what purpose his character served at all. The ninja battles were kind of underwhelming, which is a shame since the one thing you could always count on this series for was super entertaining action. I miss Ivy's presence, Batgirl still does NOTHING, and while I love Starling (who doesn't?), she doesn't really have much of a character, and is more of a quote / badass moment machine. This series started off extremely well but I feel like it's steadily gotten worse over the past year, as the payoffs for storylines (Choke, Ivy's toxin) and various foreshadowings (Kurt Lance, Starling's uncle) are either nonexistent or extremely unsatisfying. Katana has had probably the best character development of the team, so of course she is the one leaving...
Molenaar is a solid artist, but as I saw someone comment elsewhere, I think his style is a bit too cheerful (I know Ryp did this issue). Saiz had a very attractive and cute style but his art (maybe it was the coloring or something) also had a more sinister edge to it that is just absent from Molenaar. I'm not saying the series really needs a new artist, but I think the loss of Saiz is another reason why this previously strong title has sputtered. Saiz was just SO perfect for this book. I really don't know why they just didn't hand the book over to Javier Pina, who aped Saiz's style so well it was virtually impossible for me to tell them apart.
I hope Jim Zub does well on the title because I thought the first 10-11 issues were really entertaining and set a great standard for BOP.