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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey is a 2016 monthly comic book series that launched as part of the DC Rebirth branding initiative. It's a spiritual successor to both the Batgirl and Birds of Prey titles of DC. It's written by Shawna and Julie Benson, with art by Claire Roe.

The series features the iconic three-woman ensemble of Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl), Dinah Lance (aka Black Canary), and Helena Bertinelli (aka Huntress). The three of them cross paths while chasing after the mysterious mob information broker known as Oracle.

Contains examples of:

  • Ascended Fanboy: Gus appears to be this for the pre-Flashpoint Birds of Prey team.
  • The Assimilator: Blackbird appears to be this, stealing the powers of other metahumans.
  • Easily Forgiven: Gus Yale, aka Oracle, is allowed the join the team, despite having provided the mob with information that has lead to multiple deaths.
    • Averted when it is revealed that Barbara didn't trust Gus and offered to let him become the new Oracle because she wanted to keep Gus where she could watch him.
  • Eco-Terrorist: Poison Ivy has infiltrated a fertilizer company named Terracare, intending to go after its CEO, after learning that its fertilizers were responsible for mass bee deaths across the world. Lampshaded when someone comments she's in "full eco-warrior mode".
  • Fight Clubbing: The end of #8 sees Dinah infiltrating a metahuman fight club run by Roulette, and in issue #9 she wins several bouts.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Despite their initial differences, Barbara and Dinah welcome Helena as part of the team at the end of the first arc.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • Superego: Barbara
    • Id: Helena
    • Ego: Dinah
  • Love Triangle: Averted, in the issue guest-starring Nightwing. Barbara and Helena have a laugh over the possibility over a "catfight", and recognize that Dick is already in a relationship. Though there is a bit of Ship Tease with both women.
  • Shipper on Deck: Gus teases Barbara heavily over her Will They or Won't They? relationship with Nightwing.
  • Shout-Out: In a flashback, Gus Yale's online handle is "JohnBigBootee23".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Helena appears to be Darker and Edgier than she was in Grayson, as she's shown to be killing every criminal that crosses her path, even threatening both Barbara and Dinah. She does mellow down by the end of the first arc, however.