Birds of Prey: Between Dark and Dawn

Birds of Prey 69

Cover Date: early September 2004
Subtitle: Between Dark and Dawn part one
Writer(s): Gail Simone
Artists(s): Ron Adrian, Rob Lea
Storyline: Oracle called in Huntress and Black Canary. Three rich teenagers had apparently committed suicide recently. All were discovered wearing the costume of a dead superhero (Donna Troy, Terra, and Robin). She sent Huntress on an undercover operation to Oregon. Coming out of a convenience store, she was stopped by police. She realized they were fake and she took them out. She was eventually outnumbered and captured. Black Canary questioned some of the parents. Things pointed to cult activity. The cult which captured Huntress found press passes, etc. in her car and welcomed her to their camp. The leader was very cooperative and answered all questions posed to him. Some of the militant members roughed her up after catching her snooping.

Birds of Prey 70

Cover Date: late September 2004
Subtitle: Between Dark and Dawn part two: Huntress / Prey
Writer(s): Gail Simone
Artists(s): Ed Benes
Storyline: Savant moved into his new home that had been provided to him by Oracle. He accepted the terms - no killing, no computers, and to clean up the neighborhood. Huntress was able to get free from Vixen before she was too badly injured. The cultists broke up the fight and got them both medical attention. She slipped away and got into costume. She found a room where metahumans were apparently being drained of their blood, getting it replaced by some sort of synthetic fluid. She hooked up a laptop so that Oracle could get the necessary info. Oracle suffered an apparent seizure. The cult leader and Vixen took Huntress down as Canary tended to Oracle.

Birds of Prey 71

Cover Date: early October 2004
Subtitle: Between Dark and Dawn part three: Insanity Defense
Writer(s): Gail Simone
Artists(s): Rod Adrian, Rob Lea
Storyline: Barbara woke up in a hospital bed with Dinah at her side. Neither Superman (who got her there) nor the doctors could find any internal problems. She asked for a computer. When she began to "see" things on it even though it wasn't powered on, Canary took her home. At the Clocktower, Barbara drew a massive picture that she'd seen on Brusaw's site. Savant and Creote began to "work" their neighborhood. Huntress tried to get Vixen out from under the brainwashing. They tried an escape.

Birds of Prey 72

Cover Date: late October 2004
Subtitle: Between Dark and Dawn part four: Material Girl
Writer(s): Gail Simone
Artists(s): Rod Adrian, Rob Lea
Storyline: Oracle ordered Black Canary to a location - she could see the next suicide victim there. Once Canary was out of the Clocktower, Barbara stood up and confronted Brainiac. Brainiac became Joker, who became Nightwing. Dinah saved the boy and was notified of three more. Brusaw's people attacked Huntress and Vixen (now free of the brainwashing). Brainiac got into Oracle's head.

Birds of Prey 73

Cover Date: early November 2004
Subtitle: Between Dark and Dawn part five: Blood and Circuits
Writer(s): Gail Simone
Artists(s): Ron Adrian, Bob Lea, Eric Battle, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: Plasmus, Flamebird, Bumblebee, Plastique, Agent Liberty, Claw, and Geo-Force readied to attack Vixen and Huntress. Black Canary returned to the Clocktower after all three possible suicide kids were saved. She was attacked by a possessed Oracle. She was able to help Barbara drive Brainiac from her mind. Vixen and Huntress took down the cult and began the return trip home. That night, Oracle noticed some markings of digital code on her skin.

Birds of Prey 74

Cover Date: late November 2004
Subtitle: Unraveled
Writer(s): Gail Simone
Artists(s): Jim Fern, Steve Bird
Storyline: Black Canary and Huntress dressed up as Penguin and Riddler to infiltrate a group of people also dressed up as "super villains." They'd all been wronged by their former employers. They began a brawl and called in the police. Savant contacted Oracle - he was having his neighborhood bulldozed. The next day, Huntress and Black Canary double-crossed him. Canary defeated him to show him she could. She let him go and warned him never to cross her path again.

Birds of Prey 75

Cover Date: December 2004
Subtitle: (1) Breathless; (2) There Would be no Spring
Writer(s): Gail Simone
Artists(s): (1) Ed Benes; (2) Eduardo Barreto, Andrew Pepoy
Storyline: (1) Barbara, Helena, and Dinah visited the Clock Tower ruins. Most of her data and personal belongings were destroyed. They talked, then met with Ted Kord. Barbara planned an outing for her crew - they were going to go pro-active against vigilantes who'd killed. Before that, they went out for some Gotham night life. The three went in after a gang of South African terrorists. After taking them down, they set off on their journey, Barbara vowing not to return to Gotham for a long time.
(2) Zinda Blake, last of the World War II Blackhawks (in present time due to Zero Hour), drank to her fallen friends and her misfortune. She was visited by Dinah Lance. Dinah recruited her to be the Birds of Prey pilot.