Just as an aside, this was going to be a review of the final issue, but I decided to look at the series as a whole instead. Actually, I think that was my original plan when I first picked up Butterfly, so I'm happy that I enjoyed it as much as I did.
No spoilers below the cut!
My love for spy comics that feature women as their main characters is pretty well known. Black Widow and Velvet are some of the best series out there right now, and Butterfly sought to join those ranks. What they all have in common is not necessarily that females are the leads, but the fact that their gender does not play a role in their abilities. With Velvet, obviously, that she's a woman gives Velvet a considerable advantage, as she is significantly underestimated by her male colleagues, but even those doubts are because it's been nearly twenty years since she was an active agent. In the case of Butterfly's Rebecca, however, it is only because she's the daughter of Nightingale, a man on the run from his life as a spy and thought to be dead, at least by Rebecca, that she gets involved; had she been a son, things would not have played out differently. This is the way that all female characters should be handled: they are not sexual fetishes and deserve the same respect that their male counterparts receive.
|Butterfly #1 Regular Cover Art|
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|Butterfly #2 Regular Cover Art|
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|Butterfly #3 Regular Cover|
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|Butterfly #4 Regular Cover|
While I don't think Butterfly will make it into my Best of 2014 (it's an exclusive list, you guys), it's definitely placed Marguerite Bennett on my radar more than anything else she's done (Earth 2: World's End and Angela: Asgard's Assassin are two of the many but more recent than Batgirl). It's a beautifully done comic with strong storytelling and visuals, where neither dominated the other and instead complemented each other, a surprisingly rare trait to find in comics. So, hey, Marguerite! If you want to look into Butterfly and Nightingale's life after this? I'm up for it!