The Birds of Prey

Reviewing the Birds of Prey

Black Canary and Oracle: Birds of Prey

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Sometime in early 1996, DC Comics offered comic book readers a true gem, the very first issue of Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey featuring a fast-paced, witty, and generally butt-kicking story titled "One Man's Hell."

Both Barbara Gordon (in Batgirl & Oracle guises) and Dinah Lance have long been two of the best supporting characters in the DCU and have been highlighted now and again in stories focusing primarily on them. The Black Canary even had her own series for a year (1993), but somehow that didn't quite work, either (in fact, it was mostly terrible). "One Man's Hell" announced a difference which the string of Batgirl/Oracle stories from 1988's Batgirl Special to Showcase 94's December story had been anticipating in tone. In other words, these aren't your father's superheroines. These women are strong, self-sufficient, and smart, but both of them have also suffered some serious traumas and together they function better than even they realize, each compensating for the other's weaknesses.

The Birds of Prey monthly premiered with the phrase "Because You Demanded It" emblazoned on the cover. Power to the people! This is a fun ride, and I'll warn anyone who expects me to be one of those nitpicky, impossible-to-please reviewers that they are on the wrong website for that. If I like something, I look for the good in it. If I don't like something, I'll say so, and I'll try to give good reasons for things I say are outright bad. Enjoy!