Birds of Prey
Blood and Circuits

Authors: Gail Simone and Tony Bedard
Artists: Nicola Scott, Paulo Siqueira and James Raiz
Titan Books
RRP: 12.99, US $17.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 564 4
ISBN-10: 1 84576 564 8
Available 28 September 2007

Black Canary has returned from her trip to Asia, and that means the original Birds of Prey are back in action. But the happy reunion doesn't last long. After a disastrous run-in with the powerful Black Alice, and the baffling mystery over a troublemaker named Misfit, the team is shaken up once again as members depart - forcing Oracle to add new team-mates to the roster. Who will be asked to join the all-new Birds of Prey? Who will decline, and who will fly the coop for good? And to top it off, who is Spy Smasher - and what does she have against Oracle?...

A year after the Infinite Crisis, the Birds of Prey have a new line-up, and a new mission. Computer genius, and former Batgirl, Oracle has assembled a wide-ranging team of specialist operatives... and she's going to need all the help she can get.

Having relocated to Metropolis, Oracle, Lady Blackhawk and Huntress quickly find their first mission - a prison break. Judomaster, Manhunter and Big Barda are on hand to help, but the Birds are attracting some very unwanted attention - from Oracle's one-time ally, the Spy Smasher, who aims to shut them down for good.

Blood and Circuits collects together an impressive array of stories from the Birds of Prey series. There's some serious kick-ass action throughout the pages, as well as a lot of sneaky goings on. Just who can be trusted? And how on earth can the team survive once one of its most important members leaves? And when an old friend of Barbara Gordon's arrives on the scene, with full US government backing, things start to get personal. Will the Spy Smasher be able to shut Oracle's operation down for good? And has Lois Lane finally discovered that Gordon and Oracle are one and the same. And the ending?!!? It will take your breath away and have you on the edge of your seat, dying to know what happens next.

This collection is not to be missed.

Nick Smithson

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