New Oracle Breaks Bad in DC Comics' "Batgirl and the Birds of Prey" Ongoing

This time, it's personal. In Julie and Shawna Benson's "Batgirl and the Birds of Prey" series, Babs will team up with Black Canary and Huntress to track down a new criminal called Oracle -- which Batgirl takes issue with, seeing as she once used the name as a super-cyber hero.

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According to the series description in the DC Comics Previews catalog,

The sisterly tight-knit crime-fighting trio -- Batgirl, Black Canary and Huntress -- get the band back together in the aftermath of DCU: REBIRTH, but they're not reconnecting for nostalgia's sake or a fun girls' weekend in the city. (Although, they'll do the latter at the drop of a hat!)

A mysterious new criminal operative called Oracle has declared war on Gotham, so naturally, Babs Gordon -- aka super-cyber hero Oracle in a previous guise -- takes exception to someone smearing her legacy. As sibling co-writers Julie and Shawna Benson explain: "The book isn't called BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY for nothin' -- Barbara is calling the shots... or so she thinks."

Though they were "tight-lipped" about plot details, the Bensons promise the series will also feature "a Snake squad of metahuman hit-men for hire, and a new mob boss trying to take out the mafia competition." However, the question "Who is Oracle?" will drive the series' first story arc.

"Birds of Prey" #1 goes on sale July 20.

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