Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey was a short run series that revolved around several main characters. Black Canary, Oracle, and the Huntress were the legacy left behind by Batman when he choose to go into exile after his final victory against the Joker in which Catwoman was killed and Batgirl was left as a wheelchair bound paraplegic. They form the Birds of Prey whose main goals are to continue Batman’s fight against crime in New Gotham City and to form a lasting relationship with each other.
The character of Oracle, also known as Barbara, is actuallyBatman’s paralyzed daughter, Batgirl. She joins with the daughter, Helena, of Batman and Catwoman who quickly becomes known as the Huntress. They, then, enlist a teenage psychic, Dinah, a runaway who has come to the city after repeatedly experiencing visions of Batgirl’s accident. She, soon, becomes known as Black Canary.
New Gotham City is in the midst of a crime wave that the police unfortunately cannot control alone. Many residents are considered metahumans, humans born with powers that are without explanation. Detective Jesse Reese, the only good cop left in the city, initially attempts to arrest the Huntress for being a vigilante, but grudgingly partners with the Birds of Prey after he realizes that he needs their assistance to defeat the metahuman criminals.
Throughout the series Helena meets with Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a therapist she is court ordered to see for anger management issues. It is only by accident that Dr. Quinzel learns that Helena has the hidden secret identity of the Huntress. Not letting on that she is aware Dr. Quinzel gets the Huntress to open up and tell her everything about her secret identity as well as that of the Birds of Prey and their plan to fight crime. Little does Helena know that Dr. Quinzel has picked up where the Joker left off and is trying to gain control of New Gotham Cityafter she develops metahuman hypnotic powers. She puts her hypnotic abilities to the test when she infiltrates the clock tower and begins to give out commands that soon affect everyone except Oracle leaving the city in crisis. Oracle is able to create a device that reverses the hypnotic spell on the Huntress and stops Dr. Quinzel’s reign over the city. Throughout the series Dr. Quinzel masterminds many schemes to take over the city, but the Birds of Prey are not aware of her involvement until the final episode. In the end Dr. Quinzel is pushed out of power, but her overall fate is never revealed.
The Birds of Prey, along with the assistance of Detective Reese, fight crime every chance they get. It is worth noting that there is chemistry between the Huntress and Det. Reese after she prevents his death from happening. They go up against numerous metahumans including a serial killer, a gang of thieves, the Crawler, Darkstrike, and Lady Shiva. They also investigate many crimes including the murder of the Huntress’ former classmates and the abduction and drugging of several women. Throughout the series you also get glimpses of their personal life including Oracle’s attempt to be seen as normal by a potential suitor’s parents, and the reunion of Dinah and her mother.
It is a very intriguing series that is bound to have you hooked after the first episode. Unfortunately only thirteen were released.
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