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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 322

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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 322

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Uncollected Classics week continues with a look at an issue whose uncollected nature has actually led to it becoming quite the little collectible. Suggested by reader Mark M., today we take a look at Birds of Prey #8 by Chuck Dixon, Greg Land and Drew Geraci, as Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon have a fairly notable turning point in their relationship…

Enjoy!

It certainly helps that the writer of Birds of Prey was also the guy writing Nightwing, so he could do some notable stuff with Dick without worrying about messing up the plans of that Dixon guy over on Nightwing.

The book is all about Dick and Barbara getting together for a date (a non-date date, of course)…

What a striking sequence. First with the well-executed transition from their date to the “bomb” and then with the Joker bit and the realization that it was a joke, all capped by a nice, happy caption.

Drew Geraci is a wonderful inker and he did a bang-up job inking Greg Land on this issue.

This issue is filled with great character moments. Here’s another one…

This eventually leads into the key exchange of the book…

and then THE scene of the book…

You really should pick up the book to see what else happens out there on the trapezees. Also, the framing sequence of the story is notable in the development of the relationship between Oracle and Black Canary.

This is just a really well-developed, well-designed comic book by Chuck Dixon that managed to feel filled with action even though there is nary a villain in the book. Land and Geraci did a good job on the artwork.

This story really should be collected. I’m sure DC can find a DC Comics Presents where they could fit this one in!

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