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Graphic Novel Review

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Birds of Prey
Dead of Winter


Author: Gail Simone
Artists: Nicola Scott and Doug Hazlewood
Titan Books
RRP: £10.99, US $17.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 773 0
ISBN-10: 1 84576 773 X
Available 21 March 2008

The take no prisoners anti-terrorism agent known as Spy Smasher has usurped control of the operations from former college rival Oracle - sending Huntress, Big Barda, Manhunter, and the rest on a secret and deadly mission to Russia. But things go wrong when they cross paths with the are-they-heroes-or-villains group The Secret Six, just as Spy Smasher takes the dismantling of Oracle's operation into her own hands. Who will end up with control of the Birds of Prey...?

Dead of Winter collects, under one cover, Birds of Prey issues #104 - 108, which were originally published in 2007.

An old friend becomes a deadly rival for Oracle when Spy Smasher takes over the Birds of Prey - and the entire team are plunged into jeopardy when their first mission for the new boss leads to the discovery of a friend thought long-dead, and puts them into the firing line of the Secret Six.

Fans who have been following the exploits of the Birds of Prey will feel right at home here. Gail Simone packs the action and surprises in neatly, while Nicola Scott brings us some of the most beautiful artwork to be seen in this series. Another winner of a collection.


Nick Smithson

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