Wednesday, July 18, 2007
A Fond Farewell to Gail Simone on Birds of Prey
I was pleasantly surprised at "Swan Song", which ended with a bit of a nod to the changing of the guard. There was a down and dirty brawl that was a long time coming, which was well executed by penciller Nicola Scott and inker Doug Hazlewood. Gleefully, there was also a great deal of laughter and tears, making for an emotional roller coaster run.
I have grown to love the characters in this book. Oracle is an absolute favorite of mine for her determination and brilliance. I also love how Gail has "cleaned up" Huntress and gave her more depth of personality. Helena Bertinelli is a character I have great compassion for. Then there is Zinda, Lady Blackhawk, who just slays me with her old fashioned grit. Simone's portrayal of Zinda makes me long for a solo mini-series.
The evolution of Black Canary has been wonderful to watch. Simone made her more independent and made her a force to be reckoned with. I really feel that Dinah's portrayal here set the stage for her to take over the chairperson role in the JLA.
Low point: ass shot on the cover, but I am keeping that on the back burner for now since I want to focus on expressing my gratitude to an incredible talent rather then make this a "is this gratuitous" feature.
Thank you Gail for giving me a book to grow with. While I look forward to your upcoming run on Wonder Woman I wish you could have stayed on Birds as well. I want my cake and the icing on it too!
Here's to many more years of great success! Gail, you rule!