Nerd Goggles podcast host MJ and I continue our discussion of Birds of Prey: Of Like Minds, issues 58 through 61, by Gail Simone, Ed Benes. Alex Lei, Rob Lea, Hi-Fi, John E. Workman, Jared Fletcher, and Lysa Hawkins. If you haven’t listened to Part 1 of the discussion yet (where I interview MJ for a bit before we discuss issues 56 and 57 of the series), you can find it at https://wp.me/pZkAx-1Pd.
Nerd Goggles podcast host MJ joins me to discuss (among other things) her podcast, comic book origin story, the pitfalls of social media, and the role of criticism in Art.
Then (at the 41:51 mark) we begin our discussion of Birds of Prey: Of Like Minds, issues 56 and 57, by Gail Simone, Ed Benes. Alex Lei, Rob Lea, Hi-Fi, John E. Workman, Jared Fletcher, and Lysa Hawkins. Please join us next episode for our discussion on issues 58-61.
Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.
Birds of Prey (2010) #4 by Gail Simone (w), Ed Benes & Adriana Melo (p), Ed Benes & J. P. Mayer (i), Nei Ruffino (c), Swands (l), & Alina Urusov (cover)
My friend Travis often spoke very highly of the Birds of Prey series that preceded this one, so when DC announced that they were relaunching the series post-Brightest Day AND that Dove was going to be in the book, well, I had to buy it. This issue is the last part of four (not really–the characters and set up from #1 continue on in the next issue) featuring a new character that has Black Canary running a little bit scared: the White Canary. The “B” story has Barbara in a precarious situation, but Ms. Simone deftly turns the premise on its ear, and instead of Babs who looks as if she will be pushed in her wheelchair from a very high point becomes the one who saves the person we thought was going to kill her. And Dove punches out the Penguin.
The Ed Benes art (with assistance) is lovely to look at, even if his work is highly cheescaked. There was a particular panel that I loved giving us a flashback to Dinah’s childhood where she’s flying around in Starman’s arm, next to Alan Scott/Green Lantern. I always hoped we see more of these remembrances in future issues, but alas, the New 52 relaunch would arrive soon enough and change everything.