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Black Canary/Oracle/Huntress: Birds of Prey

(Birds of Prey (1999) (1st Collected Editions) #0.5)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  877 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Two crime-fighting heroines, Black Canary and Oracle, team up to seek revenge on an old enemy.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by DC Comics
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Not bad at all. This is more of a Black Canary and Oracle with guest stars type of book. Black Canary is sent on missions by her handler, Oracle, and she teams up with other crime fighters, particularly Huntress, and even the antihero Catwoman. The Dark Knight and Robin make an appearance, but they stay peripheral characters, and that is as it should be. This is not their show.

I haven't read a lot of Black Canary so far in my graphic novel endeavors. I have to say that I like her style. Oracle k
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Something about this book just didn't click for me, but I can't put my finger on it. Maybe it's because this volume is very Black Canary heavy, and I'm really here for Oracle. Maybe it's because none of the storylines are that compelling. It might also have to do with art that had the female characters striking poses that were meant to be sexy, but more often came off as silly considering what they were actually trying to say and do. ...more
Jaclyn Hogan
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Such a disappointment. A comic of heroines written and drawn by dudes at their dudliest. I can no longer overlook stupidly sexualized poses and giant tits that never move, even when their owners are doing martial arts. Bodies don't work that way. Oh well. Silly Jaclyn, to think that an acclaimed series of awesome heroines would live up to its potential. ...more
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics, 2016
My first experience with the Birds of Prey was a success.

Chuck Dixon wrote some really funny dialogue, not only with the main characters (Black Canary and Oracle), but also with Huntress and Catwoman. The first two or three chapters were overseas missions against sex trafficking and whatnot with Canary in the action and Oracle keeping contact from Gotham. The final couple of chapters threw in Huntress and Catwoman working in the field with Canary for a semi-shared goal.

The artwork was great and
Hannah (Ivyclad Ideas)
This one dragged. Early on, a lot of the dialogue feels quite stilted. The storylines were quite samey too - I don't think there was one where Black Canary didn't remove her earrings and stop listening to Oracle. That said, I did enjoy the arc towards the end. Everything's better with Catwoman, and I've never read anything with Huntress in before but she seems cool too. ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Eh. I'm not going to bother reading Dixon's volume 2. I greatly prefer Gail Simone's run of Birds of Prey that starts at vol. 3. ...more
Jacqueline O.
Birds of Prey is DC Comics all-female superhero team. The team is lead not by a male hero nor a male mentor, but by a woman: Barbara Gordon who was once Batgirl but after the events of Alan Moore's The Killing Joke is now Oracle. Oracle is one of my favorite DC characters - after being paralyzed by gunshot - she returns to college, gets her MLS and becomes a librarian. However, not only does she remain independent with an excellent job, she's also Oracle - the information hub for all the DC hero ...more
Chuck Dixon is one of the gods of comic book writing, truly. Fans of Black Canary will love the moment where she hangs up the wig and purchases herself some hair dye (setting up the comedy for Smith’s Green Arrow run, when the resurrected hero attempts to pull off her wig! Oops!). Establishing the relationship between Pretty Bird and Oracle, this is a must read for any fan of BoP, also featuring Catwoman and Huntress. My only complaint is that it’s only these first two trades that gather Dixon’s ...more
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
I really wanted like this more but as you can see, it took me soooo long to finish it. I just couldn't get into or get attached to some of my faves bc when the writing wasn't kinda bland, it was about plots I couldn't care less about. I adore Babs, Helena, Dinah and Selina but there wasn't enough camaraderie or character development here. The best parts are when Dinah and Babs are working out the kinks in their partnership.

However, I think I would've enjoyed this a lot more had I not read Gail
Shannon Appelcline
Mar 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
Not very deep, but fun and exciting adventures.
John Yelverton
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a truly auspicious start to a unique kind of book series, that takes B team superheroes, and takes them to the A game. It's well worth your time. ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
im so in love with Dinah Laurel Lance like how could a girl get any better??? she's a queen im dying ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I know it's early days, and I know there are art and costume problems, but darn it I just love ladies helping ladies SO MUCH.

PS Saw Greg Land's name on the front and was wondering if I'd read it wrong when I got to the last issue.

greg land black canary

Oh no, there he is!
Roman Colombo
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. My first exposure to Church Dixon was the terrible X-Men: The Draco. The Friendship between Barbara Gordon and Dinah Lance is wonderful, and it's too bad the Burnside Batgirl writers, who brought Dinah into the book, dropped the ball at selling their friendship. I'm looking forward to reading more. ...more
Jessie Cummins
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
As the first introduction to this team... IT WAS EVERYTHING! Gahhhh... I love badass women working together to get paid, get revenge, and get to revel in their professional skills! Yeah... it’s old school, yeah... they are hyper sexualized, yeah... they are cliche— but that’s because it’s the original. Laying the foundation for future deep character development, I’m all in and here for it!
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Book summary:

Barbara: Dinah NO
Dinah: Dinah YES

I really did enjoy this, particularly the story arc with Catwoman & Huntress. Some of the art is a little too...uh, sexualized, but not nearly as bad as some of the worst I've seen.
Brenda Lane
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I didn't find this volume as good as 2 and 3, but I really liked the issue where Dinah and Babs separated and spent the day with men, only to realize how terrible an idea that is. ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics-manga
Disgustingly sexist.
Sep 20, 2019 added it
Very 90s and male-gaze-y but not bad, for what it is. The art is nice and clean and it provided a good introduction to the characters, especially Oracle and Black Canary.
The Rudie Librarian (Brian)
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The beginning of Birds of Prey with Black Canary and Batgirl/Oracle. This also has some Huntress and Catwoman in it! Good stuff.
Elisabeth (Enthralled by the Written Word)

I know, comics, like any media, are a product of their time. But this isn’t *that* old...and it was not worth my time.
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review can also be found on my blog.

While I'm a huge fan of the 2002 TV series "Birds of Prey," (I should rewatch that again and probably post about it later), I had never read any of the comics before going into it. This volume is not the start of the "official" first Birds of Prey run, but of the one-shot issues by Chuck Dixon leading up to it. They aren't all chronological, so I'll give a brief synopsis of each.

Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey: Dinah Lance - the Black Canary - has just
Michele Lee
In the beginning there was Black Canary and Oracle. One is fresh out of a break up with Green Arrow (that Green Arrow, yes) with a passion for kicking evil butt and a somewhat short attention span. The other is wheelchair-bound, hopeful and determined to find a way to still save the world from her clock tower. Oracle might be a Charlie, but Black Canary is not an Angel.

I really enjoyed this book. Really. Black Canary is sassy without being annoying, strong without being obnoxious. She's on the r
Carly O'Connell
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
In my efforts to get into comics, I was drawn to this one because it brought together a collection of strong female superheroes, some of whom I was familiar with from other media and some of whom I knew nothing about. I was disappointed to find that that all of the writers and most of the artists involved were men and that the women were still drawn in over-sexualized, impossibly contorted ways. I also found some of the character's dialogue and motivations shallow. In the Manhunt arc: Really? Yo ...more
Birds of Prey collects the first three one shot issues starring Black Canary & Oracle and issues 1-4 of the Birds of Prey mini series: Manhunt.
Former JLA member Black Canary has lost her sonic powers and is recruited by Oracle for a little globe trotting espionage. Thankfully the fishnets are soon dumped in favour of a snazzy black and gold costume in the first few pages and the artists are saved from the trauma of having to draw several hundred panels filled with the dreaded cross hatching.

Kevin Findley
Several years after my first read, I still love this book enough for five stars. For anyone not geek enough to have read this book, this is where Black Canary stopped being the two words after "Green Arrow's girlfriend". If it weren't Chuck's work here, she would have been little more than a supporting character in the JSA series that followed a few years later, and not the primary member that could hold her own with the 'big guns' and even tell Alan Scott were to get off if she needed to do it. ...more
Victor Orozco
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
When the heck did DC Comics become freaking Lifetime? When I heard about a series dedicated to the fighting duet of Huntress and Black Canary with Oracle backing them up as a great story, I was more than eager to read it.

Instead I get some wishy washy women empowerment stories that get to the heart of crime-fighting but make it seem so nauseating. I now realize why in the TV series 'Arrow' Dinah is depicted as a whiny chick, because in this comic series she is. She's not the cool charming woman
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I would probably have to file this under a Chuck Dixon miss for me. The story itself wasn't bad, and the art wasn't particularly bad. The problem I had was with the dialogue. It definitely read like a man was trying really hard to sound like a strong female in The mid 1990's. It was corny as hell. There were a plethora of men are "pigs" and ain't that right "Girlfriend" type of lines thrown in to really drive the point home that these are modern women. I think that's where it fell flat for me. E ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
The beginnings of the Birds of Prey was a slightly meek one but its good to go back and see how it all started. The trade, written mostly by Chuck Dixon, was decent but seemed to serve more as a Black Canary story than anything else. While Oracle was present in each story she was never shown as indispensible. Huntress shows up in the last half of the book and is very clichéd. The women overall make a good team but the dialogue made them seem pathetic at times instead of empowered. The art was al ...more
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Charles "Chuck" Dixon is an American comic book writer, perhaps best-known for long runs on Batman titles in the 1990s.

His earliest comics work was writing Evangeline first for Comico Comics in 1984 (then later for First Comics, who published the on-going series), on which he worked with his then-wife, the artist Judith Hunt. His big break came one year later, when editor Larry Hama hired him to w

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