BIRDS OF PREY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*hyperventilate a little bit, calm down, carry on*
"birds of prey," or "oracle's angels," were the alternate titles, but I opted for "varsity" instead. Oracle occasionally brings in other people for her special operations, but these 4 are the core team: hence varsity.
Birds of Prey are kind of my favorite comics. I read the entire series simultaneously with the Robin series.
Women in comic books...with character!!!!!
I'm going to geek out about each of them individually now!!!!!!!!!!!!
ORACLE: *hyperventilate a little bit, calm down, carry on* Barbara Gordon is the HBIC of the world. No seriously. Starting out as the original ginger Batgirl, she is now the global dispatcher of the Justice League. She founded the Birds of Prey because Dinah Lance, the Black Canary, was going through a troubled time and was in need of direction, which Barbara could give. Oracle finds problems around the world and sends in her field agents. It's kind of like James Bond/ Charlie's Angels; Oracle is the Charlie. She is the premier hacker of the world; nothing is off limits to her. She hacks into the pentagon to use their server space on a regular basis, uses their crazy satellites whenever she needs it, and constantly kicks Calculator's butt.
Memorable Quote: "You know that world your in? I OWN IT!!!"[link]
Lady Blackhawk: The gorgeous blonde on the left with the impossibly short skirt is a World War II pilot displaced from the 40s into the present (It's Comicbook Land, and therefore makes perfect sense). Zinda Blake is awesome. Another lost female in need of direction, Oracle swooped in. She will drink you under the table and then win the bar brawl. She will win. And she will smile. And she will scream "HAWKAAAAAAAAAA!" because that's how she rolls. She functions in the Birds of Prey as any kind of Transporter: she flies the plane, drives the cars, and drinks abundantly in between (but never right before! Be responsible!). For a better look of how badass she is, she shot Deathstroke off a roof. If you read comics and know Deathstroke, no one just shoots Deathstroke off a roof. Unless you're Lady Blackhawk.
Memorable quotes: "He slipped me a mickey and I punched him on the nose, and that's all the therapy I need."
(getting dragged away from a strip club) "but... but...he's a cowboy"[link]
Black Canary: The original Bird of Prey and Barbara's best friend in the world, Dinah Lance is in the middle behind Babs, rockin the fishnets and heels. She's a metahuman with her Canary Cry. Her Sonic Scream will shatter steel, so your eardrums have no hope. Her sense of humor and light personality make her the rock of the team. When she started with Oracle, she was recovering from recently having been brutally tortured, which had left her infertile and without her Canary Cry (so Oracle was her rock). She went on the missions anyway with these little scream grenades, if you will. She went all James Bond on everybody. She started out as a competent fighter, and now she's one of the most accomplished Martial Artists in the world, having taken private lessons from Lady Shiva, who takes an interest in her "Little Bird." Black Canary is also so sexy that all the bad guys wanna hit that. On 2 different occasions, the aforementioned Deathstroke was like, "I could kill you all, but I don't damn well feel like killing beautiful justice leaguers right now. In fact I'd rather drink a milkshake or something" (Deathstroke is special). Bane wanted to hit that, and Ra's al Ghul came dangerously close to marrying her! That's right: Dinah Lance's hotness roused Ra's al Ghul's ancient loins. That relationship was not entire waste because Dinah took a dip in a Lazarus Pit and got her fertility back and her sonic scream. woot woot. [link]
The Huntress: Helena Bertinelli is the armed and dangerous chick on the right. She's one of Gotham's many vigilante's, often irritating Batman with her more ruthless crimefighting methods. She's not afraid to shank a bro. With an arrow. Helena is a teacher, which is DC's way of saying that teachers are heroes (to which i say HELLS TO THE YEAH!). If her students need help, she helps, pwning anyone who needs to be pwned. Oracle was crafty, and when Huntress first joined the team, she put Huntress on a bunch of missions to stop vigilantes that were killing people and out of control. This gave Huntress perspective XD (and then she got pissed as sh*t for being manipulated, but whatever). She's a good fighter. She took on Lady Shiva recently, and didn't use any particular brand of fighting so that she could get some hits in. Lady Shiva was so impressed by the sheer grit that she didn't kill her and rechristened her the "Iron Owl" making her more of a bird-name like the others. She is a tough cookie, for shizzle. She's also the first person to crack a dirty joke, and we love her.
Memorable quotes: (referring to Roy Harper/Speedy/Arsenal/Red Arrow/whatever, seriously kid, you have too many names) "He wields a mighty bow, but he's a bit too quick to let fly, if you know what I mean." [link]