Birds of Prey
Stanley Lau knows how to crank out some pretty awesome images, and the stuff he’s doing for comics is out of this world. His recent Birds of Prey #8 cover makes it into today’s installment of the Art Appreciation Moment of the Day.
It’s showdown time in Gotham’s alleys. The mysterious new White Canary is playing her hand but can Black Canary and Huntress make it out of this fight in one piece? Is White Canary the mastermind behind the blackmail threat?
Here is some welcome news for those who have been lost without their Birds of Prey action – the series is returning in the Spring.Â And to answer the question that is ready to burst from your mouth, yes, Gail Simone will be writing.Â Join Simone will be Ed Benes, and all I can say is, “hubba-hubba”. â€œI am really excited and I missed those characters terribly. I miss almost every book Iâ€™ve ever written, but the Birds have a special place in my heart and brain,” said Simone. Check out the promo bit that DC released on their website.Â
Or – “What Happens When I Continue To Fall Behind On Everything?” What’s the scraping noise?Â Looks like the raccoon done busted out the heavy weapons, which means it’s time for another look at some of the comics that were too esoteric, too weird, or too numerous to look at individually: RAPID FIRE REVIEWS!Â BRAKKA BRAKKA BRAKKA!Â Make sure that the release lever is elevated, and that the debris shield is down, put on your safety goggles and PREpare… to REview!
Well this can’t be good if it is true. Newsarama is reporting Robin, Nightwing, and Birds of Prey will all be ending their series in February 2009.Â Is this because of the Morrison RIP Batman title, or something else?Â It can’t be sales, because Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, and many other titles sell a lot fewer issues than these big supporting Batman tie-ins titles. If the rumors of Robin being somehow behind R.I.P., that could explain why Chuck Dixon left the series in a very bizarre fashion, and why the Robin series may be coming to an end.Â Nightwing ended
Or – “Three Weeks Of Comics In Handy Bite-Sized Servings!” A side-effect of reading as many comics as I do comes when, after a particulary heavy week of reads, you find all the stories kind of blurring together into one.Â It makes for some pretty entertaining nightmares as well, like the one where Wonder Woman was guarding the galaxy against marauding zombies who wanted to shape-shift into teenagers and make out while simultaneously refitting all of our cars to fly and emit fire, and also giving our grandparents cyborg limbs that glow in the dark.Â So, I got that going
Or – “I Think We Can Be Certain It’s Not Really Final…” I started to try and write a big clever open, but y’know what?Â RACCOON WITH A HEAVY MACHINE GUN!!!!! How am I s’pose to top that?
Or – “Because I’ve Fallen Further Behind Than Ever Before…” I have to tell you, two weeks of being unable to type without crying like a little girl really makes your work pile up.Â The last couple of weeks of comics have been a tumultuous ride, with a whole lot of minor things happening that made me happy.Â An old favorite disappoints, while a surprise contender impresses the heck out of me.Â British vampires, time-lost Arcturans, underground civilizations, the chupacabra, and a fifty-foot stalk of marijuana await you, beyond the fold!
Or – “Hell, Man… I Only Have So Much Free Time!” There seems to be a thing out there called “Real Life.”Â It’s composed mostly of things to annoy you and drain your wallet of cash, but sometimes it also feeds on your free time.Â One of the joys of this gig is getting to share the wondrous things that happen in comics and split the burdens of that which is terrible, which means I usually bite off more than I can chew in terms of comics that I’d like to review.Â Since this has happened yet again, it’s time
Or, â€œFrom Giant Transforming Mafia Princess To Magic Hockey Stigmatism Geeks…â€ Is it just me, or does Manhunter look remarkably like she’s telling that mysterious figure to knock off the bad Tor Johnson impersonation?Â “Would you please just get me my Pina Colada with an umbrella in it, please?Â Ed Wood is dead and I don’t feel so great myself, dangit!”Â Still, this issue heralds the return of Kate Spencer, Manhunter, to the ranks of the Birds of Prey, while another operative makes her graduation to the big leagues and Oracle has to evaluate her strategies…Â What are you waiting
Or – “A Chick Fight?Â On The COVER?Â Gail Simone, Wherefore Art Thou?” Lately in the DCU, I’ve seen a trend that I don’t really like.Â Gail Simone left Birds of Prey in order to handle a higher profile book, Wonder Woman.Â (In her defense, it’s apparently one of her dream gigs…)Â Now, Sean McKeever has revealed that he’ll be leaving the title as well, to better concentrate on Teen Titans and higher profile gigs.Â There’s no announcement as to who will take over the book when he leaves with #117, but I have to say that I’m disappointed with