Several months ago we spoke to three very talented authors whose work writing Barbara/Helena femslash had elevated the television series "Birds of Prey" - which was, to be honest, not a very well-written show - to a level beyond what it had ever achieved on the WB. This week we will be getting to the root source of the TV program, and beyond, as we look at lesbian pairings in the DC Universe as a whole. Populated with some of the most beautiful and accomplished heroines in comics, as well as equally stunning and dangerous villainesses, the DCU is fertile ground for femslash. The original Birds of Prey alone - Oracle, Huntress, and Black Canary - gets you three popular pairings on its own. And look past that - you'll find canon lesbian/bi characters like Batwoman, The Question, Scandal Savage, Knockout, Thunder, and Grace. Not to mention the slashy subtext of couples like Batgirl/Spoiler, Harley/Ivy, and Raven/Starfire. And did I mention Themiscyra, home to Wonder Woman, Hippolyta, a ton of Amazons, and not one single guy? Recognizing that there's simply too many possibilities to restrict this show's focus to one pairing, I've invited two prolific authors who have plenty of experience with many of the names I've already mentioned, and some I haven't. Over the years Merfilly has written too many femslash and het stories and drabbles to count, while Rysler has slashed all of the Birds of Prey (even Lady Blackhawk) with each other, found plenty of time to fit Lady Shiva into the group, and even provided a home for the Birds of Prey Fan Fiction E-Books site. Joining me as co-host will be first-time guest JeanGreyX, longtime F4F listener, DCU reader, and Barbara/Helena fan.
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