Birds of Prey
Of Like Minds

Author: Gail Simone
Artist: Ed Benes
Titan Books
RRP: £10.99
ISBN 1 84023 836 4
Available 23 April 2004

After being paralysed from the waist down, former Batgirl Barbara Gordon took on the persona of information cyber lord Oracle and began a successful crime-fighting partnership with the Black Canary. But when the two femme fatales are confronted by Savant, a villain whose physical and mental abilities equal their own, they become drawn into a deadly and elaborate trap...

Of Like Minds is a great read. It follows the fragile working relationship of ex-Batgirl, Barbara Gordon (now better known as Oracle), the Green Arrow's ex-girlfriend the Black Canary, and rogue agent Huntress.

There are some pretty neat areas touched on in this collection including the homosexual slant taken with Savant's super butch minder; the fact that Savant mimics the Black Canary when he is placed in a similar position to that which he had previously enforced onto her; and dealing with disabilities - not through the obvious route of Oracle, but through Black Canary.

There are plenty of throw away gags, but by far my favourite was the surprise by some hoods that Black Canary wasn't of ethnic origin like other superheroes with the prefix "Black". This, rather comically tackles the racist attitude of some of the early comic books.

It's also refreshing to see a collection which has two very separate stories, but ones that are continuations on a theme. All too often in these collections you get involved in a story and it ends too quickly, you turn the page and a new plot starts to unfold. What Of Like Minds delivers is a lot slicker.

Well written and beautifully illustrated, this collection kicks some serious ass!

Ray Thompson

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