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Have I mentioned I love the Birds? Because I really, really do. Here are just a few reasons why.



Birds of Prey #60: Dinah is still recovering after being taken hostage by Savant, who used her to get to Oracle and left her with three fractured limbs, causing Babs to worry for her friend's safety in the field.






Birds of Prey #61: Barbara's not being particularly rational, as Dinah quickly realises - her fear of losing Dinah to one of Oracle's enemies is overriding everything else, and she's not handling it well. Still, Dinah's hurt by this apparent lack of faith in her, and it leaves her feeling as if she's got something to prove. Which leads to this great scene, in which Dinah, still wheelchair-bound, takes on a group of thugs single-handedly. (That's her canary cry destroying the car in the first panel.)








Birds of Prey #77: Just an ordinary night out on the town with Dinah, Helena and Zinda. Hideous artwork, and I'm not quite sure why Canary and Huntress chose to exit through the window, but I just love Zinda's reaction to the bar fight.








Birds of Prey #80: The scene that breaks my heart every time. Helena realises that Oracle has been manipulating her.









Birds of Prey #84: Barbara has been infected by a cybernetic virus, a remnant of Brainiac's attempted possession of her body. Realising that the cure may very well kill her, she wants to at least try to put things right between her and Huntress first.










Birds of Prey #88: A trip to the mall!




Birds of Prey #90: This. This. Helena's working an undercover operation in order to strike a blow at Gotham's mobs. Batman outright demands that Oracle shut her down, that what Helena's really angling at is getting the mobs to destroy each other, violently, by instigating gang warfare. And Babs, who's made the mistake of doubting Helena more than once, tells Batman he can shove it.






Helena doesn't disappoint. Her operation goes off without a hitch, and she comes away from it with a wealth of inside information which even Batman has never managed to get his hands on.




A stunned Batman congratulates Huntress on her excellent work, leading Canary to do this:



Bahahahaha, I love you, Zinda.

Birds of Prey #93: During Shiva's short stint on the team. Cracks me up every time. Also, Zinda is awesome.




Birds of Prey #99: Dinah leaves the team in order to devote herself to raising her adoptive daughter, Sin.








Birds of Prey #100: I just enjoy this little bit of banter between Zinda and Babs.


Birds of Prey #107: Spy Smasher, aka Katarina Armstrong, forces Oracle to work for her and takes over the Birds of Prey. Nobody takes particularly kindly to it, but it's Zinda who's the first to outright reject Kat's command. Have I mentioned Zinda is awesome?








Birds of Prey #108: Babs finally faces Spy Smasher head on.




This is the point at which Spy Smasher storms outside, only to be confronted with every single hero and antihero the Birds have ever worked with. Also, Dinah!





And THIS.


Babs can't join them because she's got something else she needs to take care of: Misfit, the relentlessly eager-to-please Batgirl wannabe who's been trying to buddy up to the Birds, and who it turns out has been doing it fairly tough behind her cheerful bravado.


Date: 2012-03-22 04:46 am (UTC)
deleonjh: (Default)
From: [personal profile] deleonjh
So does anyone else think their theme song should be the one from Golden Girls?

Date: 2012-03-22 05:20 pm (UTC)
pyrotwilight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pyrotwilight
Somehow I hear the theme song from Cheers myself. Where everybody knows your name doo doo doo...

Date: 2012-03-23 02:32 am (UTC)
richardak: (Default)
From: [personal profile] richardak
Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."

Date: 2012-03-22 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
Some good moments, but I can never get why people see Oracle do the same things that Batman did in the past and find him an evil asshole and yet when she does it it's somehow endearing.

Date: 2012-03-22 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] md84
It helps that she's a lot more open with her emotions.

Date: 2012-03-22 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
I guess...the differences just seem so slim that I just don't get how her as Oracle was so well-liked. It seems like for every awesome moment she had as Oracle, there were two that just pissed me off.

Date: 2012-03-22 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] md84
Barbara would probably be considered just as big a jerk if she also wore the cape and cowl (and I mean Batman's version of the cowl that somehow makes his pupils vanish so he looks even creepier) when she pulls a Batmanesque jerk move.

Date: 2012-05-30 09:58 am (UTC)
kraesil: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kraesil
Imo, it's more the that Batman just insists on that he's right and Oracle apologizes.

Date: 2012-03-22 08:54 am (UTC)
eyz: (Babs)
From: [personal profile] eyz
Haaa.... Simone or Dixon on the writing, Ed Benes art, the Huntress/Oracle/Canary trio...that's my BoP!!!! ~<3
I miss 'em!!
*goes on ebay searching for his missing issues*

Date: 2012-03-22 12:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nyadnar17
Stupid scans_daily got me tearing up...man I miss this series.

Date: 2012-03-22 04:10 pm (UTC)
quatoria: An extreme close-up of my eye, with the blade of a knife just barely touching the bottom edge of my pupil. (Default)
From: [personal profile] quatoria
God, I miss Oracle.

Date: 2012-03-22 06:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] junipepper
motto.

Date: 2012-03-23 12:48 pm (UTC)
mammothluv: (dc: batwoman/the question)
From: [personal profile] mammothluv
I love everything and everyone in this post.

Date: 2012-03-23 11:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
I've said I didn't really like Oracle, and these show some examples. Her treatment of Huntress was bad, but then again EVERYONE seems to treat Huntress poorly.

From a post I did two years ago:
It's when she's tried to go outside that role, trying to be a den mother and a would-be mentor, that I start not liking her. And she's not good at it, with her "Why must I always be surrounded by frickin' idiots?" attitude.

Babs *never* does a good job at being a mentor figure to novice heroes. Her attempts at mentoring Black Alice and Misfit were Epic Fails. She tried with Cassandra, and not very well.



Date: 2012-03-24 10:06 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] md84
Bruce the "Batjerk" has a better track record. Only ONE of his proteges went off the rails, and that was mostly because the kid had an evil mother who sold him out to the Joker and the subsequent death and resurrection took their toll on him.

But again, it's easier to sympathize with Barbara because she doesn't hide her emotions with a cape and cowl.

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