Profile: Comics, Mystery, Science Fiction
I came to (American) comics relatively late in life, and entirely because of Joss Whedon. I started collecting the Buffy Season 8 trade paperbacks in college, but couldn’t really get excited about trying to break into the enormous continuity clusterfuck of ether DC Comics or Marvel’s main universe. I would read a few stray issues here or there if an author I liked was guesting, but that was about it. When DC decided to do a partial reboot of their continuity it seemed like a good opportunity to start seriously exploring comics. That lasted all of three weeks, but now that the first trade paperbacks from the reboot are coming out, I decided to take another stab at it.
Birds of Prey is an interesting series that walks in the shadows of some of DC’s biggest names, but has managed to stand on its own as both a concept, and as a storyline. The original concept was the pairing of a paralyzed former Batgirl, now called Oracle, and the impulsive Black Canary taking on organized crime in the city of Gotham. The team grew over the years, but at the core of the series was the conflict between the headstrong Black Canary and the cautious and organized Oracle. The reboot undid Oracle’s paralysis, and made Black Canary the team leader in charge of a new batch of unknowns, including the mentally unstable Katana and the former bio-terrorist Poison Ivy.