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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 322

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Uncollected Classics week continues with a look at an issue whose uncollected nature has actually led to it becoming quite the little collectible. Suggested by reader Mark M., today we take a look at Birds of Prey #8 by Chuck Dixon, Greg Land and Drew Geraci, as Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon have a fairly notable turning point in their relationship…

Enjoy!

It certainly helps that the writer of Birds of Prey was also the guy writing Nightwing, so he could do some notable stuff with Dick without worrying about messing up the plans of that Dixon guy over on Nightwing.

The book is all about Dick and Barbara getting together for a date (a non-date date, of course)…

What a striking sequence. First with the well-executed transition from their date to the “bomb” and then with the Joker bit and the realization that it was a joke, all capped by a nice, happy caption.

Drew Geraci is a wonderful inker and he did a bang-up job inking Greg Land on this issue.

This issue is filled with great character moments. Here’s another one…

This eventually leads into the key exchange of the book…

and then THE scene of the book…

You really should pick up the book to see what else happens out there on the trapezees. Also, the framing sequence of the story is notable in the development of the relationship between Oracle and Black Canary.

This is just a really well-developed, well-designed comic book by Chuck Dixon that managed to feel filled with action even though there is nary a villain in the book. Land and Geraci did a good job on the artwork.

This story really should be collected. I’m sure DC can find a DC Comics Presents where they could fit this one in!

10 Comments

Good stuff. I liked Greg Land’s work but no one ever did work on this book as good as Scott McDaniel. My problem with Land’s stuff on Nightwing, trivial as it may sound, was that weird Baywatch feathered hair he’d give Nightwing. Even at the time this book came out that type of hair was badly out of date.

This kind of story is what makes the characters come alive, and makes readers more invested in the book. Chuck Dixon did great work on these characters, and Gail Simone continued it.

Great choice for the list!

Aw, man, that’s well done!

really great moment. This is how you use characters.

It’s funny how Gail Simone has become so associated with BoP that it’s easy to forget that it was Dixon’s creation.

What the heck happened to Greg Land to make his art look like that to looking like the “O-Face” fest that it is now?

@ T.:

The Dixon-McDaniel NIGHTWING is one of the great runs that never gets mentioned for whatever reason.

Also, are there two characters that would benefit more from the Omnibus treatment than Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson? Their respective character arcs are spread out over so many different titles by so many different creators that it would be fun/helpful to see them bundled up in one place.

loved that issue it showed babs and Dick were perfect together plus Babs proves that she is not wallowing in the past and has accepted the present. espically when she makes dick embarressed over the clown .

Ronald Kearschner

November 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I wish the tv BIRDS OF PREY had followed Chuck Dixon run. #21 would have been a perfect season ender and is a favorite issue of mine. It gets to me ever time I read Dinah say “Well, it’s been nice knowing you.”

I like that this issue is still part of the old Dick-Barbara continuity. I grew up with Batgirl not knowing Bruce and Dick’s identities (and even by the time she became Oracle, she still didn’t, at least officially). Robin had had a crush on Batgirl, but they had never been each other’s Twue Wuv (to say nothing of “slept together before he went off to marry Starfire”). This issue hit the right note– old friends who had important things in common and by now knew a whole lot about each other, and people who might have romantic feelings for each other, but if so that’d be a new adult development for both of them.

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