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Birds of Prey

“The Long Count”

Volume 1, Issue 82, July 2005
Released May 18, 2005

Cover Price: $2.50
Estimated Issue Sales: 29,850 Rating
  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.

Birds of Prey, Vol. 1, #82. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Gail Simone
Penciller: Joe Bennett
Inker: Jack Jadson
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joan Hilty

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Heroes: Booster Gold, Oracle

Setting: Unknown City, DCU, 21st-century

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Cover Description: A female hand is holding three playing cards depicting Lady Blackhawk, Black Canary II, and Barbara Gordon over a casino table littered with chips and throwing stars. A card on the table depicts Wildcat I. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: Oracle leads undercover agents infiltrating organized crime on two continents.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Cameo (Booster Gold makes a minor appearance)

Costume Worn: MARK XII armored power-suit

Issue Notes: This issue is tangentially tied into The OMAC Project mini-series.

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Image Copyright DC Comics

Page 14, panel 3
In his only appearance in this issue, Booster Gold calls "Oracle" from a public telephone to seek her assistance in locating the missing Blue Beetle II. (See the concurrent The OMAC Project for more details about this plot.) Although Booster speaks to Oracle informally, practically demanding her help, this is their first on-panel meeting. Perhaps they know one another through Oracle's connection to the latest incarnation of the Justice League. Or maybe he knows Oracle through Beetle, who aided her Birds of Prey team on several occasions and had a romantic interest in Oracle's alter ego, Barbara Gordon.

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Boosterrific Review: For as hard as this issue tries to tell two action-packed stories about undercover infiltration of organized crime, the issue is hijacked by recurring, overt reminders that Black Canary has serious daddy issues. While this may be interesting for fans of the Black Canary, it is probably a case where a little less would have gone a longer way.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Gold Standard.

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