By Hervé St-Louis
July 6, 2003 - 14:25
This issue is the first by the new team of Gail Simone and Edward Benes. Simone is better known for her light-hearted work on the weekly Comic Book Resources Column, "You'll all be sorry and her personal Web site, Women in Refrigerators. The latter is a Web site detailing the abuse of female characters in comics. For some reason, that piece of trivia bodes well for the Black Canary and partner Oracle.
Both characters have been physically abused in their past. Black Canary lost her powers and ability to bear children in the Green Arrow series, THE LONGBOW HUNTERS, while Oracle was crippled, during her Batgirl days by the Joker, in the KILLING JOKE. This issue is better than any other published in the past year. We're finally seeing hints that the days when this book was on every body's pull list, are back.
Edward Benes, a former Supergirl artist lends his hand to make this book the best it can be visually. Not since the days of Greg land, have fans been reminded that these birds, are beautiful women. For an action intensive series, Benes' storytelling is off. Hopefully, he'll get better quickly. If you can still find a copy of this comic book get it please. This is how creators should write female DC characters.