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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!
This was a nice wrap-up issue. I'm going to miss her terribly on BoP, but at least Wonder Woman will finally be readable.
Thank goodness she brought back Zinda, safe and sound. I was a bit worried about her being stuck.
Yeah, a very satisfying issue to end an enjoyable run.
Not getting my comics till today after work, I look forward to it....you gotta admit though, Spy Smasher's positioning...just saying....DANG that's a LOT of booty.
Sally- I really enjoyed this issue. I think a bit of denial is starting to set in now for me about Gail's departure. Hopefully her replacement will do fine and I won't have to be bitter.
Amen on Wonder Woman improving. What a mess!
I echo your sentiments on Zinda. I love the character and want to see more!
Melchior- Amen. This was a fantastic run for Gail, and I am thrilled to have been around to enjoy the ride.
Nick, the cover gave me pause. I kept wondering if they could have positioned Spy Smasher at a bit of a different angle so it would have been a bit less booty. I didn't want my summary to focus on it, but I couldn't ignore it completely!
I hope you enjoyed the issue as well!
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