Thursday, July 19, 2007

Birds of Prey #108

Gail Simone's final issue of Birds of Prey crept up on me; I found this comic as satisfying as the recent Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1, or Simone's own Villains United Infinite Crisis Special #1, and I look forward very much to her work on Wonder Woman.

I won't spoil the issue, but Simone clearly understands that certain kinds of stories have to end with the heroine and her antagonist squaring off against one another, mano a mano.

Here's a few of the many things Simone achieved in her run on on Birds of Prey:

— She successfully integrated the One Year Later concept into her book
— Never let us forget that Oracle is the Silver Age Batgirl
— Placed Black Canary at the top tier of martial artists and heroes
— Rejected the Huntress' midriff-baring uniform
— Originated Black Alice
— Integrated Zinda Blake (the Lady Blackhawk) and Big Barda into the team
— Re-wrote Ice's death
— Provided the only memorial (that I know of) to Ted Kord (Blue Beetle)
— Produced a humane, character driven, action-packed comic on schedule

Those are all excellent points. I'm excited Gail's going to Wonder Woman, but I'll miss her writing on BoP.
Yeah, GS turned out consistently good stories during her run on the book. I have high hopes for WW!
You have no idea how happy I am that Greg Land was not involved with the above image.
What's wrong with bare midriffs? Yes that outfit looks a little gratuitous but is that really worse than Powergirl's costume?
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