ZINDA BLAKE | Or someone who looks and talks like Zinda?
QUEEN OF SASS | Dear Helena Wayne, never change please. :}
QUEEN OF SASS | Dear Helena Wayne, never change please. :}
Summary: Batgirl #32 saw the protagonist, Barbara Gordon, on the edge of her limits as a superhero after her arch nemesis, Charise Carnes (aka Knightfall), returned to Gotham bigger, badder, and more powerful than ever before. While Charise essentially shares the same goals as Barbara in that she wants to look out for Gotham’s best interests, she also has an extreme and ultimately totalitarian idea of justice comparable to that of a dictator. Barbara is especially weary of her persistent use of violence as a way of getting her message across. The final straw for her was the amputating of Ricky Gutierrez’ brother’s hand to force the former into dropping his lawsuit against Barbara’s father, James Gordon, for a shooting incident involving the GCPD. 
Knowing that she has to take things a step further if she is to take down Charise once and for all, Barbara recruits the help of her oldest and closet friend, Dinah Drake-Lance, who operates as Black Canary and the current leader of the Birds of Prey. Barbara fills her in on her case with Knightfall, and Dinah feels that she is embarking on a suicide mission, but agrees to help her out regardless. At the end of this conversation, they gain the support of one more individual, Helena Wayne, who chanced upon their meeting in one of her rare visits to Gotham.
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OLD SCHOOL EARTH-2 REUNION | Were you expecting something else? :P
Out of curiosity, who besides me actually remembers that Dinah Drake/Black Canary (pictured here on the right) was originally from Earth-2 and was a member of the Justice Society?
Everyone does better understand what the real squee for me here is, right?
OLD SCHOOL EARTH-2 REUNION | Were you expecting something else? :P

Out of curiosity, who besides me actually remembers that Dinah Drake/Black Canary (pictured here on the right) was originally from Earth-2 and was a member of the Justice Society?

Everyone does better understand what the real squee for me here is, right?

HELENA WAYNE IN BATGIRL #32 | Isn't off to a great start here.
On the one hand, Gail Simone does actually get Helena Wayne’s voice right. On the other hand, if Helena was actually avoiding fighting back as the preview establishes, it didn’t translate well in the execution. She did look like she was genuinely getting the crap beaten out of her by Batgirl, which is out of character for a woman who was raised since childhood by Batman and Catwoman to be a skilled crime-fighter.
This isn’t to undermine Barbara as a skilled crime-fighter because she very much is. But there’s also no way on two Earths that Helena would allow herself to be beaten shitless. If she was genuinely avoiding a fight, she would have been dodging Barbara’s attacks, not taking them. She also would’ve restrained Barbara herself, not Black Canary.
At best, Helena would have taken the first punch, but she would not taken any of the others that followed. She also would’ve ended the fight a lot sooner than it actually did, even with Barbara going on full adrenaline like she is here. Helena is a much more skilled fighter than she’s being shown here.
That nitpick aside, the rest of this actually looks pretty good. Can’t wait to read this next week!
HELENA WAYNE IN BATGIRL #32 | Isn't off to a great start here.

On the one hand, Gail Simone does actually get Helena Wayne’s voice right. On the other hand, if Helena was actually avoiding fighting back as the preview establishes, it didn’t translate well in the execution. She did look like she was genuinely getting the crap beaten out of her by Batgirl, which is out of character for a woman who was raised since childhood by Batman and Catwoman to be a skilled crime-fighter.

This isn’t to undermine Barbara as a skilled crime-fighter because she very much is. But there’s also no way on two Earths that Helena would allow herself to be beaten shitless. If she was genuinely avoiding a fight, she would have been dodging Barbara’s attacks, not taking them. She also would’ve restrained Barbara herself, not Black Canary.

At best, Helena would have taken the first punch, but she would not taken any of the others that followed. She also would’ve ended the fight a lot sooner than it actually did, even with Barbara going on full adrenaline like she is here. Helena is a much more skilled fighter than she’s being shown here.

That nitpick aside, the rest of this actually looks pretty good. Can’t wait to read this next week!

gregfahlgren:

And then the band got back together.  I have a feeling Knightfall is about to have a VERY bad night.  Don’t mess with a Bird of Prey.

PS, this page is why Gail Simone is one of the best.  Period.

BATS OR BIRDS | Welcome to the New 52 reunion of these comrades!
Now that we’ve taken you back in time to the very first meetings of Helena Wayne, Barbara Gordon, and Dinah Drake Lance (Huntress, Batgirl, and Black Canary respectively), meet your New 52 incarnations who met for the first time in Batgirl #32 on sale now!
It’s kind of a weird reunion because on the one hand, they met before pre-Crisis during separate events, and later formed a team as Helena Bertinelli, Dinah Laurel Lance, and Oracle.
Now they’re back together again, not just in their original incarnations, but they have newer costumes!
If you’re looking for an ‘old school’ Birds of Prey narrative (or just looking for a better take on Helena Wayne, period), be sure to check out Batgirl #32 - #34, which will feature these three prominently. :) 
Let DC Comics know you want more books featuring women being awesome!
(Then maybe they can relaunch Birds of Prey and Worlds’ Finest as better books than they have been under the current editorial direction).
(And maybe, finally, Selina can meet her Earth-2 daughter and actually know who she is).
BATS OR BIRDS | Welcome to the New 52 reunion of these comrades!

Now that we’ve taken you back in time to the very first meetings of Helena Wayne, Barbara Gordon, and Dinah Drake Lance (Huntress, Batgirl, and Black Canary respectively), meet your New 52 incarnations who met for the first time in Batgirl #32 on sale now!

It’s kind of a weird reunion because on the one hand, they met before pre-Crisis during separate events, and later formed a team as Helena Bertinelli, Dinah Laurel Lance, and Oracle.

Now they’re back together again, not just in their original incarnations, but they have newer costumes!

If you’re looking for an ‘old school’ Birds of Prey narrative (or just looking for a better take on Helena Wayne, period), be sure to check out Batgirl #32 - #34, which will feature these three prominently. :) 

Let DC Comics know you want more books featuring women being awesome!

(Then maybe they can relaunch Birds of Prey and Worlds’ Finest as better books than they have been under the current editorial direction).

(And maybe, finally, Selina can meet her Earth-2 daughter and actually know who she is).

BATS OR BIRDS | A lesson in the history of the 'Birds of Prey.'

Later on in the story, the three Bat women team up to take on two other infamous Bat women!

It’s Mother vs Daughter, Ginger vs Ginger, and…Batwoman is kind of the third wheel here until Madame Zodiac shows up. >_>

Anyway…

The good guys win the good fight, and the bad guys get their arses handed to them by their respective daughter, ginger mate, and Kathy Kane!

And of course, Catwoman still never found out who the Huntress was. :(

BATS OR BIRDS | A lesson in the history of the 'Birds of Prey.'

The first time Helena Wayne met Barbara Gordon on Earth-1, she was quickly made to realise that she wasn’t the only Queen of Snark in the entirety of the DC Universe.

In fact, Ms. Gordon gave Ms. Wayne a good run for her money on that front!

But in reality, all that Ms. Wayne wanted was to have someone to talk to about her experiences as a ‘Bat woman’ of her own making, a unique experience she couldn’t share with anyone else outside of her own immediate family.

Her father didn’t want her following in her foot steps (so she fought as the Huntress in secret), her mother was dead (which gets brought up in this story), and her ‘brother,’ Dick Grayson, was functioning as a diplomat in Africa.

So meeting other Bat women like herself was her solution to her dilemma. 

BATS OR BIRDS | A lesson in the history of the 'Birds of Prey.'
For anyone who read Batgirl #32 by Gail Simone today…
You all know where I’m going with this….
Thirty-six years ago, this was a real meeting that happened between three really cool Bat ladies.
Two of them of course were resident’s of DC’s Earth-1 universe. The other—the one in the middle—was, however, ‘not of this world.’
She belonged to a different universe. One that functioned as the first incarnation of the DC Universe and later became home to the Golden Age continuity. It was a world where superheroes appeared decades earlier, aged in real time, and married their iconic love interests. On this world, Batman married Catwoman and fathered a daughter with her, a young woman whom they both named Helena Wayne. This world became known as Earth-2.
The young lady grew up, and developed a superhero identity of her own that both honoured her heritage, but at the same time allowed her to standout as a heroine of her own standing. She became The Huntress.
In addition to making a name for herself as her father’s successor and Gotham’s newest protector on Earth-2, the Huntress’ conquests didn’t end there. She also made her mark on the Earth-1 universe by first introducing herself to her father’s doppelgänger and meeting his family on this world.
It was through the Earth-1 Batman that the Huntress first met Kathy Kane (Batwoman) and Barbara Gordon (Batgirl).
BATS OR BIRDS | A lesson in the history of the 'Birds of Prey.'

For anyone who read Batgirl #32 by Gail Simone today…

You all know where I’m going with this….

Thirty-six years ago, this was a real meeting that happened between three really cool Bat ladies.

Two of them of course were resident’s of DC’s Earth-1 universe. The other—the one in the middle—was, however, ‘not of this world.’

She belonged to a different universe. One that functioned as the first incarnation of the DC Universe and later became home to the Golden Age continuity. It was a world where superheroes appeared decades earlier, aged in real time, and married their iconic love interests. On this world, Batman married Catwoman and fathered a daughter with her, a young woman whom they both named Helena Wayne. This world became known as Earth-2.

The young lady grew up, and developed a superhero identity of her own that both honoured her heritage, but at the same time allowed her to standout as a heroine of her own standing. She became The Huntress.

In addition to making a name for herself as her father’s successor and Gotham’s newest protector on Earth-2, the Huntress’ conquests didn’t end there. She also made her mark on the Earth-1 universe by first introducing herself to her father’s doppelgänger and meeting his family on this world.

It was through the Earth-1 Batman that the Huntress first met Kathy Kane (Batwoman) and Barbara Gordon (Batgirl).