Birds of Prey
Sensei & Student

Author: Gail Simone
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 10.99
ISBN 1 84576 027 1
Available 25 March 2005

Just when things seemed to be settling down for our heroines, Black Canary is sent to China on a mission of mercy and runs in to the deadly combatant who is known as Lady Shiva. It turns out that Shiva has an agenda of her own, while making Canary an offer that could change the course of her life. Meanwhile, Oracle's personal life is a shambles - and now her work seems to be as well - as the information she feeds out to her various heroes starts going strangely and dangerously awry. With the
Huntress also stumbling upon some of Oracle's secrets, can the Birds hope to stick together?...

Sensei & Student is a mighty fine collection and will take fans on a rollercoaster ride. Just why is someone trying to discover who Oracle is and what possible reason could they have to want to ensure she stops operating? What does Lady Shiva want with Black Canary? And how far will Huntress go to save her friends?

While this is one long tale, it's really a collection of shorter stories all mixed together - with an explosive result. Double dealing, secret affairs, lies, deceit and good old fashioned murder are all twisted into this collection. And there are brief appearances by Batman, Batgirl, Catwoman and Wonderwoman - which is nice to see.

The art work is also worthy of note. Fine story telling also needs a damn fine collection of artists, and that's just what this graphic novel gets. The majority of these pages are incredible - if you've never fallen in love with a comic character before this could be your first.

Brilliant, fantastic, beautiful, breathtaking... buy it before I run out of things good to say about it!

Pete Boomer

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