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Birds of Prey: Between Dark & Dawn by Gail…

Birds of Prey: Between Dark & Dawn

by Gail Simone, Ron Adrian (Illustrator), Ed Benes (Illustrator)

Other authors: Eduardo Barreto (Illustrator), Eric Battle (Illustrator), Steve Bird (Illustrator), Jim Fern (Illustrator), Greg Land (Cover artist)4 more, Rob Lea (Illustrator), Ken Lopez (Illustrator), Andrew Pepoy (Illustrator), Rodney Ramos (Illustrator)

Series: Birds of Prey, Batman: War Games (Birds of Prey), Birds of Prey [volume 1] (69-75)

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This time, the Huntress is the agent of the Oracle out in the field doing crazy things, and it's a nice contrast to what Dinah is normally tasked with; we get to dig into the head of the Gotham vigilante too hardcore for even Batman. Meanwhile, Dinah has to stop Barbara from snapping. There's even a Superman cameo, though it perhaps raises too many questions in the long run. Oracle is given an opponent worthy of her skill, and there's some disturbing visions within her own mind. On the whole a competent storyline, though perhaps the least interesting one since Simone took over the Birds of Prey title.

A couple single-issue stories finish out the volume. The first features Black Canary and the Huntress beating up some henchmen, and then Black Canary laying the smackdown on Savant, who tortured her back in Of Like Minds; this was an okay story, let down by stiff and difficult artwork.

The last story is just confusing. All of a sudden, Barbara's clocktower and the Birds' base has been blown up! I guess this happening in a Batman story running at the same time, but it seems off that an event of such importance to Birds of Prey would happen in a completely different title, and with us barely getting a glimpse of it. What would bring Barbara to do this? I'll never know, or at least not for a while. This paves the way for a new setup, with Lady Blackhawk joining the team as they move to a mobile aerial base. I was really surprised by this, as it means that the ostensibly classic setup of Simone writing (and Benes usually drawing) Black Canary, Oracle, and Huntress on the team while in Gotham lasts a mere three collections. Given what an impact the series had in this form, I had expected it to last longer.

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  Stevil2001 | Feb 17, 2013 |
The Birds of Prey are a team of female super heroes living in Gotham City. They are run by Barbara Gordon, formerly Batgirl, now the all-seeing Oracle. Her best friend and partner in crime is Dinah Lance, a.k.a. Black Canary, who knows martial arts and can also take down the bad guys with a super-sonic scream. Their newest recruit, Helena Bertinelli, a.k.a. Huntress, is a vigilante known for taking extreme measures, and something of a loose canon - one who has yet to earn Barbara's trust.

Between Dark and Dawn splits the team up and follows two separate story lines. Huntress sent on a solo-mission to a small town in Oregon, where a bizarre superhero-worshipping cult is brainwashing kids and getting them to commit suicide. Huntress is joined by Vixen, a woman who can channel the abilities of animals, but Vixen appears to be under the control of the cult. Meanwhile, back in Gotham, Oracle is infected with a "techno-organic" virus from the villain Brainiac, which is trying to take over her mind. Once again, the two separate plots tie together in the end, and the result is an exciting, action-packed roller-coaster of a book.

The end features two rather bizarre addendums, however. The first, Unravelled has Black Canary get her revenge against Savant, though it's somewhat marred by the blocky, chunky art of a guest illustrator. The second, Breathless is sure to leave anyone not caught up with the events of the rest of the DC Universe scratching their heads in confusion, as readers are suddenly propelled into a world without the Clock Tower, due to events that happened in a separate DC title. This leads to the Birds leaving Gotham, getting a plane to serve as a mobile HQ, and recruiting Lady Blackhawk, a time-displaced World War II flying ace, to be their pilot. ( )
  catfantastic | Nov 14, 2010 |
This is the fifth collection of the Birds of Prey comic. It is the third one written by Gail Simone. I've loved the two collections before this one, but this one seemed a little off to me.

For one thing, the action seemed rushed. In the last two books, the relationships between the characters developed slowly. The action was well thought out and really hooked me in. In this book, a new character, Vixen, is introduced... but I never really felt like I got to know who she was. She was just there, and then gone. Disappointing after the nice story lines with Lady Shiva and Cheshire in the last book, Sensei and Student.

Things just happened too fast and left me with too many questions. Who the hell is Brainiac? and Is Vixen just crazy? and Wait... What happened to the clock tower... and now they're going to fly around in a plane?!

I'm still going to read the comic, though. The next collection comes out in a couple of weeks. I like the story of Lady Blackhawk. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gail Simoneprimary authorall editionscalculated
Adrian, RonIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Benes, EdIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Barreto, EduardoIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Battle, EricIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bird, SteveIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fern, JimIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Land, GregCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lea, RobIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lopez, KenIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pepoy, AndrewIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ramos, RodneyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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Huntress goes after a religious cult with a deadly secret and a hidden operative that threatens innocent lives. Meanwhile, Oracle is battling a virus that Brainiac infected her with that is trying to turn her into a walking, talking machine. And, Lady Blackhawk joins the team.… (more)

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