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Give ‘Em Elle: A Convergence of Questions

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Welcome to Give ‘Em Elle, a weekly column that hopes to bridge the gap between old school comics fandom and the progressive edge of comics culture. I've gotten a lot of questions over the months since I started this column, and since I don't even do a question every single week, I know I'll never get to all of them. So this week I decided to take several in one go, for more of a grab bag feel. But don't worry, I'm sure I'll be back to giving one long hot (or cold) take by next week.

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‘Birds of Prey’ TV Rewatch, Episode 8: ‘Lady Shiva’

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In this episode, Barbara Gordon (Dina Meyer) is faced with an enemy from her days as Batgirl, who returns to New Gotham at the exact same time that Helena Kyle (Ashley Scott) is reunited with best friend from high school. Coincidence? (Spoiler: No.) "Lady Shiva" originally aired on November 27 of 2002, and was written by Adam Armus, Kay Foster, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and directed by John Kretchmer.

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‘Birds Of Prey’ TV Rewatch, Episode 5: ‘Sins Of The Mother’

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Shortly after the debut of Smallville, but long before comic book superhero TV shows were as commonplace as they are today, the WB launched a live-action Birds of Prey TV series that lasted just one 13-episode season, and seems little mourned today. In an effort to determine just what went wrong with the seemingly before-its-time show, our Bird Watching team of Meredith Tomeo and Caleb Mozzocco are watching and dissecting every episode. You can watch along with us on DVD or digitally on iTunes or Amazon.

In this episode, the most glaring omission from a show based on the Birds Of Prey comics is finally corrected, at least temporarily, when Black Canary makes the scene. What is her connection to the blond girl named Dinah, and just how happy is everyone going to be to see Black Canary? "Sins of the Mother" will provide the answers. The episode originally aired on November 6 of 2002, and was written by Melissa Rosenberg and Hans Tobeason, and directed by Jeff Woolnough.

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‘Birds of Prey’ TV Rewatch, Episode 4: ‘Three Birds And A Baby’

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Shortly after the debut of Smallville, but long before comic book superhero TV shows were as commonplace as they are today, the WB launched a live-action Birds of PreyTV series that lasted just one 13-episode season, and seems little mourned today. In an effort to determine just what went wrong with the seemingly before-its-time show, our Bird Watching team of Meredith Tomeo and Caleb Mozzocco are watching and dissecting every episode. You can watch along with us on DVD or digitally on iTunes or Amazon.

In this episode, the Birds face their greatest challenge to date: babysitting. Complicating matters is the fact that the baby in their care is no ordinary baby... and Harley Quinn can't wait to get her evil psychoanalyzing hands on it. "Three Birds and a Baby" originally aired on October 30 of 2002, and was written by David H. Goodman and Julie Hess, and directed by Craig Zisk.

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The Brave and the Bold: The Best Justice League Cosplay

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Can’t decide which superheroes are your favorites? Why not enjoy a little bit of all of them? That's the great thing about superhero teams; they bring together everyone from the most famous and iconic heroes to the most bizarre and obscure. And no superteam captures that idea better than the Justice League.

For your viewing pleasure, we’ve amassed our own super gallery featuring cosplayers portraying members of the Justice League throughout the years. Every cape, every cowl, every leotard featured shows off the enormous wealth of talent on the part of the cosplayers who take up these heroes' mantles. These are the best Justice League cosplays ever.

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‘Birds of Prey’ TV Rewatch, Episode 3: ‘Prey For The Hunter’

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In this episode, Detective Jesse Reese (Shemar Moore) gets a new partner with a sinister agenda, both Barbara Gordon (Dina Meyer) and Helena Kyle (Ashley Scott) face roadblocks in their respective romantic relationships, Harley Quinn takes an episode off, and we find out that the show's producers apparently had difficulty determining the difference between DC's metahumans and Marvel's mutants. "Prey For The Hunter" originally aired on October 23 of 2002, and was written by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Adam Armus and Kay Foster and was directed by Chris Long.

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Give ‘Em Elle: Visualizing Music for Comics

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I love music, and I often find myself thinking about how it relates to comics; which characters would listen to which artists, and so forth. But what's the best way to get around the medium's limitations when it comes to stories about music and musicians? It's a question that's especially relevant to some of my favorite recent titles.

The classic way to visualize music in comics is just to put the lyrics in a word balloon with some musical notes scattered around to convey singing. I’m going to be honest; I hate this approach, and in this day and age, I’m sure I’m not the only one. I find it impossible to read the lyrics as a song instead of a tuneless poem. There are better ways, as seen in books like Jem And The Holograms and Black Canary.

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Sideshow’s Black Canary Statue Brings the Sound and the Fury

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San Diego Comic-Con is mere weeks away, but Sideshow Collectibles just doesn't have the patience to keep its new Black Canary premium format figure under wraps any longer. It's curious that even Sideshow couldn't keep quiet as Dinah herself requests, but who could really blame them? When Stanley Lau and Kris Anka come together to design a statue of one of the baddest Birds of Prey around, you gotta do what the heart wants --- even if it means being on the business end of a Canary Cry.

Black Canary is the latest DC hero to be immortalized in Sideshow's premium format series, joining the likes of Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Power Girl. More importantly, she also joins fellow Bird of Prey, Batgirl. And not to distract from Dinah's moment here, but in her official prototype photos, Sideshow also intimates Huntress is on the way. Yes, by the end of 2017, you might be able to recruit the core members of DC's Birds of Prey... provided you've got a total of $1500 to spare.

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Fists and Fishnets: Celebrating the Golden Age Black Canary

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You'd never have known the Black Canary was going to be so important. On June 11, 1941, a new character appeared in Flash Comics. She wasn't introduced in the "Flash" strip that gave the anthology it's name, or the co-headliner "Hawkman." She made her debut in a six-page "Johnny Thunder" story, by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino.

Canary is introduced as a femme fatale to play off of the hapless Johnny. She's a criminal, but she only steals from other criminals, putting her in a morally gray area that makes Johnny a little uncomfortable, and for which his magical Thunderbolt genie (who was always smarter than Johnny himself) has even less patience.

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Women of DC, Garnet, Thor & Loki And More

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In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

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