After waiting and waiting for the grand return of my favorite character the day had finally arrived. Birds of Prey #6 hit the shelves and I ran out and bought TWO copies just for the cover alone. My fanboyish obsession wouldnt even allow me to read the first couple of panels, instead I skipped right to the fight. READ NO FURTHER IF YOU DONT WANT TO BE SPOILED!!!
First let me start by saying Shiva's last battle was less then impressive. What could have been a pretty cool showdown between Tim Drake and the deadliest martial artist (debatable) in the DCU instead turned into the infamous "Poisoned Hotel Chocolate" debacle. So redemption was in order. And if anyone could deliver one would have to assume Gail Simone could (AND WOULD :S). So there it was, Huntress and Shiva, one on one, badass against....wannabe badass. Now keep in mind the two had tangled before in the past and even with the aid of Catwoman they decided their best option was to flee/run away. I like Huntress, I do, but she isnt anywhere near Shiva's league so I expected a valiant yet futile effort. And for a good..mmm, five panels I'd say Shiva kicks the living sh!t outta her. But for some strange reason a character who's a master of ALL known (and some forgotten) forms of hand to hand combat and master of the deadly one punch Leopard Blow, cant put Huntress down? Come on man, really? And then to top it all off what happens? Huntress (who has suddenly acquired Wonder Woman level durability) takes Shiva down. Wait, WHAT? Yeah, you read it correctly. Shiva goes down. But how you ask? Simple. Huntress threw blood in her eyes and then proceeded to whoop that ass. (not really but $#@!ing eh). And of course, before Shiva can gain any measure of retaliation, the fight is broken up. Whats up with this CLICHE BULLSH!T!?!? Its okay Gail, you can let a hero lose a goddamn battle once in awhile. Bush league.....Bush league.
Is this what I have to endure time and time again? Lets go over some of the more memorable ways Shiva's gotten her ass handed to her.
- There's the Batman "One-Shot"
- The Chair to the Back courtesy of Talia Ghul
- The Poison Chocolate
- The amped up Tim Drake complete with Superhuman Speed
- And now Blood to the Eyes
Why not just change her name to "The Greatest Jobber in the DCU" and be done with it?