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  • Broken Base:
    • Having "Batgirl" in the title. Some are upset because they're worried about Barbara receiving more importance than the other two characters. Others think that it's there in the title just to sell a few more copies, and that it won't affect how writers treat the trio of characters. And others just like that the acronym is "BATBOP".
    • Helena Bertinelli going back to the Huntress mantle is contentious. Some are happy to see a version of Helena that's closer to her pre-Flashpoint self, while others think that her role as the head of a spy organization (as in Grayson) was more interesting.
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  • Ho Yay: There are shades of this, as is standard in Birds of Prey books.
  • The Scrappy: Fans were already annoyed at the idea of another character having the title of "Oracle". But the reveal that "Oracle" was just an Ascended Fanboy who stalked the Birds since the early days of their crimefighting careers left many angry. Not helping is that some interpret the character as the writers mocking fans who clamored for the pre-Flashpoint versions of the Birds. It got worse when Gus is ultimately killed and Barbara, wracked with guilt, destroys the data that held her old Oracle stuff, effectively "killing" Oracle.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: A mild one, between fans who liked Nightwing with Barbara from pre-Flashpoint, and fans who liked him with Helena from Grayson. Never mind that he already has a love interest in his own book.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: While Rebirth was intended to be reconnecting the franchises to their pre-Flashpoint roots and restoring old continuity, BATBOP actually erases the majority of their history by establishing the team only ever included Barbara and Dinah, and Helena is a stranger to them. Never mind the fact that, with Barbara as Batgirl, the dynamic is still completely different than what people were likely hoping for, meaning the book still ended up guilty of the things New 52 got wrong.
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    • In fact, the one-shot launch issue mentions that the original team disbanded when Barbara got the use of her legs back - meaning that the New 52 version was actually erased from continuity as well.


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