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Early Review: Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey Vol. 1: Who Is Oracle?) by Shawna Benson, Julie Benson

Apr 11, 2017

The classic super-team is back in


Barbara Gordon is no stranger to secrets. She’s the daughter of GCPD Jim Gordon, the vigilante known as Batgirl and Oracle, the most powerful hacker on the planet, who until now has been kept completely hidden. 

Someone new has resurrected the Oracle mantle that Babs once controlled, and whoever is behind it is sending Batgirl on a wild chase all across Gotham City. By her side are two equally dangerous vigilantes—Dinah Lance, the rock star-turned-hero known as Black Canary, and Helena Bertinelli, the lethal spy codenamed the Huntress.

Can this mismatched trio come together in time to solve the mystery of the new Oracle and defeat the villainous forces arrayed against them? Or will these Birds of Prey have their wings clipped before they can even get off the ground?

Find out in BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY VOL. 1: WHO IS ORACLE? The start of a whole new era for Gotham City’s greatest superhero team! From writers Shawna and Julie Benson (TV’s The 100) and artists Claire Roe (VERTIGO QUARTERLY SFX) and Roge Antonio (NIGHTWING), it’s an action-packed adventure on the streets of Gotham. Collects issues #1-6 and the BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY: REBIRTH one-shot. 



Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Vol. 1 was fantastic.   I loved the interaction between the women as they worked together to solve the mystery of who was playing at being Oracle.  Helena's back story was intriguing and her ties to the mob eye opening.  I can't wait to learn more about Helena.  I can see all kinds of possibilities opening up and hope the Benson sisters take us there. The only reason I didn't give this a five was because of how Batgirl was portrayed.  She is a genius, yet has more "OMG" moments than ever.  Let's just say that Batgirl was not the calm, cool and collective superhero we have come to know.   Black Canary was the all kinds of bad-ass.  She was snarky, level headed, and focused the entire time. I'm really starting to enjoy her character.   Overall great volume!  I wasn't in love with the art, but it didn't distract from the story.  Although it could have really taken the story to other levels had there been more details. I can't wait for the next issue. 

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Publisher: DC Comics 
Pub Date: April 11, 2017

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