Since its launch in 1999, DC Comic’s Birds of Prey has carved out an important role in comics. Beyond the strong writing, beyond showcasing two pioneering and iconic female characters - Dinah Lance, the Black Canary and Barbara Gordon, now Oracle and formerly the Silver/Bronze Age Batgirl, it is generally recognized as being an on-ramp for many women into the world of superhero comics.
In 2009 after 127 issues, DC canceled the book along with several others in the wake of the Battle for the Cowl. Fans however, continued to ask DC for the book’s return. And in January of 2010, DC announced that Birds of Prey would be brought back with Gail Simone at the helm. Simone, who took over the book at issue #56 and was lead writer through #108, is the book’s most popular writer.
Birds of Prey will celebrate the first anniversary of its return next month. Last week Gail Simone was kind enough to chat with me about it.