Thursday Comic

Birds of Prey: Blood and Circuits - Gail Simone et al.

The penultimate collection of Gail Simone's run on DC Comics' Birds of Prey sees Black Canary leave the team to focus on raising the nine year old girl she's rescued from being trained as a lethal assassin - leaving Oracle to inadvertantly bite off more than she can chew. Seeing the core cast of characters broken up so that the team can become more of a dumping ground for DC's lesser known superheroines might have fazed a lot of writers, but Simone shows her excellent knack for characterisation by lending great dialogue to the likes of Judomaster and Manhunter.

The art also stabilises for the first time since Ed Benes left the book, with Nicola Scott and Paulo Siqueira providing just the kind of bold artwork the series needs.

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