REVIEW: Birds of Prey #10

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The Death of Oracle concludes, and it looks like Calculator has already won. Certainly that can’t be true, find out after the jump

BIRDS OF PREY #10
Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Inaki Miranda
Colorist: Nei Ruffino
Letterer: Swands
Cover Artist: Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
Editor: Janelle Siegel
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99

Previously in Birds of Prey: Noah Kuttler, the Calculator, has set his sights on Oracle once again, and this time he knows just who to target. Having used his new henchwoman, Mortis, to take down Canary and holding three fourths of the rest of the team hostage he was able to take out Oracle’s helicopter, presumably with her on board.

HUNTRESS IN CHARGE

We follow Helena’s thoughts for the entire issue. Opening with her angry face as she sees the remains of the helicopter behind Calculator. Showing just how clever Helena is, and the fact that she grew up around the mob, Helena attacks Kuttler directly making freak out and lose the troops. This intern forces him to overreact and shoot Dove to try and get the troops back. Too bad for him that Canary is awake and ready to go all JLA on him.
Hawk also shows up, guess who was in the helicopter, and we get some more fighty-fighty while Kuttler tries to get away. Canary tells Helena to be Huntress and chase him down, which she does and scares the crap out of him with the “ghosts” of Oracle, oh did we mention she’s not actually dead but only hiding herself from all but five people, she wants the criminals to never see her coming.

PRETTY BIRDS

And they are very pretty birds. Miranda’s knows how to make them attractive without being ridiculous. Everything in here is just well done and looks good. I especially liked when Oracle was telling the Bat-Family Bruce went from stoic to smiling with a simple change of lips.

BOTTOM LINE: ABSOLUTELY

There’s a reason Simone is such a fan favorite writer, she’s good. From showing how characters aren’t exactly what we always expect the to be, to giving us fantastic, well put together stories, to just great creative dialogue, the lady knows what she’s doing. She even gets a good Booster Gold moment in to show how the world reacts to life without Oracle. Birds of Prey easily earns a fantastic 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Rating: ★★★★½