Batgirl and The Birds of Prey Vol #1: Who is Oracle


Barbara Gordon is a pretty masterful secret keeper. As the daughter of the police commissioner of Gotham City PD, she has somehow hidden both of her hero roles as Oracle and Batgirl. Basically, she’s been one of the most powerful hackers on the planet and a kickass super hero, without triggering her dad’s questioning. That’s call serious skills. Unfortunately, someone has taken on the mantle or Oracle and is releasing some pretty important information out into the public about local crime families. Wondering who is behind it and really wanting to pull the plug on their escapades, Barbara Gordon calls upon her close friend, Dinah Lance. Dinah is better known as Black Canary. The two stumble across an attempted murder as Helena Bertinelli, aka Huntress, is trying to take out a mob member she believes responsible for the murder of her family. Despite a few initial stumbles and misunderstandings, the three team up to become The Birds of Prey. It is a strained relationship, and many things could trigger their demise. However, they all have a common goal; find out who Oracle really is and why they are trying to cause major problems for Gotham.

Okay, okay. At this point in time, we need to wonder who ISN’T Oracle. This is the second time in recent memory that someone has stolen Barbara Gordon’s hacker identity for their own personal gain. Now that she’s back in her Batgirl role, she has a few options, but its a very terrifying thought to have someone use your alter ego for evil. Think of it like people repeatedly hacking into your social media profiles and posting inappropriate things that cause serious discord among your family. However, in this case, it is information that could very well get your family and friends killed.
Huntress is a difficult character to follow because of her rash decisions. She seeks revenge, but goes in without a great deal of planning and almost gets everyone killed. The reader finds themselves making the Jackie Chan meme face and asking why she won’t just listen to Barbara once in a while. The collection puts together issued #1-6 of the Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth one-shot mini series. The adventure is great, and it includes a great deal of fun played at Fanboys and Fangirls.

Batgirl and The Birds of Prey: Who is Oracle? is now available from DC.


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