Thanks again @Awesome_Squid for setting one of these up again, my my my it was a tasty One Shot this time around! Not too rich, not too slim, just perfect for a leisurely read section by section during the week!
General thoughts: The “Mission Impossible” “Charlie’s Angels” concept of an all-knowing super rich benefactor sending skilled field agents on specialized missions isn’t exactly revolutionary by this time in the mid-90s, but the twist of having the brains behind the mission being a disabled former superhero does work well even in this trimmed down version of Birds of Prey to come.
How is this different from the team I’m used to: well, first up, both Commissioner Gordon and Babs are much older looking here that they are in the 1999 Birds of Prey. Seeing Babs as mid 40s with a touch of grey in her hair felt more like I was seeing an Earth 2 version of her.
It frankly was kind of a tear jerker to see her crippled again, valiantly making the best of things by keeping in shape where and how she can.
Black Canary here was a bit of a puzzle as well. Seeing her with no obvious Justice League connection at this point (I seem to recall Grant M didn’t have her in his “gods” version of JLA) and no Ollie to be seen frankly left her as a blank slate mercenary. And having her dress in a one piece bathing suit in regular society was super odd.
The artwork which I assume is early Gary Frank sure resembles the artwork in Marvel’s Master of Kung Fu by Paul Gulacy. Both Frank and Gulacy tend to make their characters look like they are under duress with the sweaty facial expressions and stances, in my opinion…aka everything is super dramatic and intense.
Gulacy art (soon to be a major motion picture, lol):
Rating: 8 based on both art and concept