Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy Day for Birds of Prey!

If there were ever two perfect examples of boring characters that were brought to life by Gail Simone, they would be Catman and Huntress.  Prior to Secret Six, Catman was a low rent frumpy slob with questionable motivations.  He would show up here and there but never received much attention.  Through Secret Six though, he was reborn into the hunky, self-loathing fighter with an extreme moral flexibility, who often makes a hilarious fool of himself. 

Huntress is a completely different story.  I’ve always had an aversion to writers who try a make female characters seem tough by making them bitchy.  Even when they’re severely broken, there has to be more to keep my attention.  They have to care about someone or something at least a little bit, otherwise why should we as readers care about them?  Huntress is a perfect example for this argument.  Prior to Gail’s run on Birds, she was boring and sometimes even cringe worthy.  But now she’s a no nonsense kick ass chick who sometimes pushes the line but cares deeply about her friends and does it all with a damn fine dry wit.

So why am I going on and on about these two?  Because the April solicits are up and the cover for Birds of Prey has me doing a super snoopy dance.  Feast your eyes!


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