The second era of Birds of Prey began in #56, when writer Gail Simone kicked off a long and consistently entertaining run on the title.
It starts with the previous status quo. Oracle (the original Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, currently confined to a wheelchair) uses her extensive computer prowess to do good around the world, and Black Canary is her field agent and best friend. But this time, they’re operating in their homebase of Gotham to take down a CEO who’s planning on stealing his employees’ retirement funds. The plan is simply to scare him straight, but this would be a rather boring comic if everything went according to plan—and it’s certainly not that.
Simone hints at a new recruit for the team, one who will bring a fresh and interesting dynamic to the book.
This is just the start, and it’s a good one indeed, full of humor, ethical dilemmas, and cliffhangers.
Writer: Gail Simone
Penciler: Ed Benes
Inker: Alex Lei
Publisher: DC Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; included in Birds of Prey vol. 1: Of Like Minds (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 12 and up