I had not cared much for Charlie (Misfit) prior to Sean McKeever taken over the book. It was a combination of her powers and her annoying teenage quibble that turned me off. I felt they were out of place in a book like bop. By the time the series ended with Tony Bedard, I had started to come around. Her Huntress hero worship probably was a small part of that, but she also seems like a character full of potential, that in the right hand’s, is capable of playing a larger role in the DCU for the foreseeable future, especially when she has the birds of prey as mentors and mothers.
While I was sad to see the book ending, a necessary regrouping was in order to get it and the characters back to what we as readers had come to associate with the Birds of Prey legacy. As it ended, the last page gave me hope that on some primal level the top brasses and writer’s still understood at the fundamental root what bop was all about. Barbara’s letter to Charlie, leaving her in the care, custody, and control of Helena, because she had come to trust her without reservation and knew within her heart Helena was the one person that can help Charlie reach her full potential as a human being, is one of those imfamous bop moments that will live on when you forget many of the details about other the various 127 issues.
I was disappointed to read the re-launch of bop and discover that Charlie was living in foster care. I hope the matter is addressed soon as it seems so anti-bop, and out of character for both Helena and Barbara. Not to mention I’m all about wanting to see character growth for Helena, and see the potential for Charlie’s presence in her life as just that, and a challenge to all of her comfort zones and sensibilities. I think Barbara saw that too, that Helena has spent far too much of her life alone, possesses an abundant amount of love to offer, and needed Charlie just as much as Charlie needed her. I would never attempt to say how things should be done, only that it’s my desire that someway, somehow, Helena and Charlie are apart of each other’s lives.