Oracle: The Cure

April 1, 2010 | Trades

oracle the cure

Oracle: The Cure
Tony Bedard, Kevin Vanhook, Claude St. Aubin, Julian Lopez, Fernando Pasarin
DC Comics
$22.99/$17.99 US (Paperback)
*** (out of five)

Oracle has fought alongside some of the most powerful heroes on the planet in battles big and small.

Now it’s time for this Bird of Prey to fly alone.

In her role as the DC Universe’s top source for meta-human intel, Barbara Gordon — the original Batgirl before being shot and paralyzed from the waist down by the Joker — has seen a disturbing power emerging.

The Calculator, once an obscure super-crook, has assumed the role of counterpoint to Oracle, doling out all the essential facts to the bad guys — for a price.

The two have squared off in the virtual arena before, with Oracle always coming out on top. But Calculator has a few new tricks up his sleeve. He’s more powerful than ever before and he’s combing the Internet to find the ultimate power — one he believes can heal the sick (like his comatose teenage daughter), but truthfully could kill millions.

Spinning out of the end of the popular Batman spin-off series, Birds of Prey, Oracle: The Cure, finally gives this great character the spotlight and brings this simmering ying-yang conflict with Calculator to a head. The conclusion of this brief volume, while a little rushed, helps chart an interesting path for both the hero and the villain.

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