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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Birds of Prey: Death of Oracle

Author: Gail Simone and Marc Andreyko 
Illustrators: Ardian Syaf
Title: Birds of Prey: The Death of Oracle
Publication: October 18, 2011
Publisher: DC Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Pages: 200
Audience: 16 and up
Rating: 2 out of 5
Source: Purchased

Synopsis (from the cover):
Who's playing who? Oracle, Black Canary, Lady Blackhawk, Huntress, and Dove: A collection of the world's most notable heroines, and one of the DC Universe's most impressive super teams. In an effort o conceal her identity from the world at large, the data specialist Oracle plans to fake her own death, but we all know what happens to the best-laid plans of mice and women...

*WARNING- SPOILERS* My thoughts:

Being a librarian in training, I'm a huge fan of Barbara Gordon. Who starts her heroine days as Batgirl, but then is shot and paralyzed thanks to the Joker. She then trains her upper body and uses the skills of a librarian to become Oracle. She is the information headquarters. She helps the super heroes who end up in bad situations and provides a lot of useful information about road blocks, or where the police area, etc. So now she fakes her death because so many people know who she is. Well, its like she was never really gone. That was confusing. Another reason it was confusing is because I have no background knowledge on the Birds of Prey. This is technically a second volume, and I read it as a stand alone. It can work as a stand alone, but I feel like you need the first volume to complete this part of the story. Vyse kept telling me that it wasn't a good idea to jump in the middle of a story and try to understand it, and he was right. I was lost, but the graphic novel did a good job of listing who was who in the first part of the graphic novel. I even got a little biography information on The Dove, which I loved. I love background stories and figuring out where people came from and why they are the way they are. Overall, the story was okay, but it was a little lackluster.

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