Birds Of Prey: Of Like Minds

February 9, 2004 | Trades


Birds Of Prey: Of Like Minds
Gail Simone, Ed Benes, Alex Lei & Rob Lea
DC Comics
$22.95 (softcover)
**** (out of five)

Finally one of the major comic companies got it right.
When you’ve got a series starring three intelligent, modern women, in this case DC Comics’ staples Black Canary, Barbara Gordon (AKA Oracle) and the Huntress, get a smart woman to write them.
Of Like Minds collects the first six issues of new scribe Gail Simone’s run on this smart and sexy title and she’s quickly made is faster, funnier and definitely much more feminine.
It doesn’t hurt either that joining Simone on the title is one of the most talented pencillers working today, Ed Benes.
This book sees Oracle, the world’s most powerful information broker, and the deadly Huntress desperately trying to rescue Black Canary, who is being held hostage — with two broken legs no less!
It’s a race against the clock as the pair work to find Canary and her captor, the evil Savant, who is prepared to commit murder unless Oracle gives up perhaps the most important piece of information in Gotham City: Batman’s secret identity.
The combination of Simone’s clever dialogue, which very quickly makes you care about these characters and Benes’ ability to draw breathtakingly beautiful women is a match made in heaven. Of Like Minds shows why they have created such a buzz around Birds Of Prey and sets the stage for what will hopefully be a long stay on this title.

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