So far, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey has been one of the series that has most defined Rebirth’s mission statement by re-establishing a beloved team of superheroes, effectively placing the focus on the characters many devoted fans think of when this title is mentioned. Now, admittedly, Batgirl occupies a fair amount of the spotlight (notice that her name precedes the team, similar to that of Batman and the Outsiders or Red Hood and the Outlaws), but knowing that Black Canary and Huntress are back in the fold undoubtedly provides longtime readers with a measure of comfort.
Familiarity aside, a fresh concept that was introduced almost one year ago has been that of this new Oracle, a young man named Gus. As many of you are no doubt aware, Oracle was the codename adopted by Barbara Gordon upon being paralyzed from the waist down thanks to the Joker. Not one to let a handicap keep her down, the computer genius served as an inspiration to many, with some readers actually preferring Babs as Oracle over Batgirl. And although she’s once again taken up cape and cowl, she didn’t take too kindly to her old moniker being hijacked.
In the latest episode of DC All Access, co-host Whitney Moore chats with series writers Julie and Shawna Benson in hopes of getting the lowdown on what’s to come. As it turns out, those suspecting there’s more to Gus than meets the eye may feel vindicated with the new story arc. I guess we’ll find out if Huntress was right about him soon enough.
Also of note is both scribes dancing around divulging upcoming guest stars. It’s obvious this interview was recorded before certain solicitations hit the web, so it’s nice to see that those who put the video together were kind enough to let us know that both Catwoman and Poison Ivy will be putting in appearances in issues to follow.
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #11 arrives in comic shops this Wednesday, June 14.