After leaving Deadpool, Gail was a contacted by DC to take over as lead writer of the all-female team book, Birds of Prey. Created by Chuck Dixon, the book, which featured former Batgirl Barabara Gordon (Gail’s most beloved character), and Black Canary (the most criminally underutilized female superhero in history), was in danger of being cancelled. Gail was given writing duties, her first order of business adding anti-hero Huntress to the roster. While discussing this new team, Gail had this to say:
"In this case, Babs and Dinah respect each other tremendously, and each is capable of great things the other is not. Dinah's not just Oracle's legs, sometimes, she's her conscience, or her muse, or just her best friend. And Oracle is far more to Dinah than just the mission controller. They trust each other, and out of that, there's a friendship that they believe in. Huntress...I see Helena as someone who is not a loner completely by choice. Dinah is so accepting and so open that Helena sees an opportunity to be part of something without having to force her way in. There's friction, because once Helena puts the mask on, she's really not very good fitting in. But she likes that they're giving her a chance. Whether she blows it or not, you'll have to keep reading."
Also adding Lady Blackhawk, Gail’s initial run was a hit, driving sales up for the book and bringing in hoards of new readers. Ever a champion for women in comics, Gail added other female characters to the roster such as Big Barda, Spy Smasher, Judomaster, and even Lois Lane, the BOP becoming one of comic books most beloved and entertaining teams. That feeling was only enhanced by the hilarious her Misfit, to date the only comic book character that I feel has ADHD, a condition that I myself live with. Misfit became immensely popular, to the point where it is a wonder why she’s only made one appearance since Flashpoint.
The beauty of what Gail did with these characters is two-fold. Number one, she didn’t write them as women in a costume. They were tough, beautiful, sexy, funny, goofy and flawed, but they made no apologies for it in the slightest. Secondly, unlike many male writers, she at no time made the women competitive with each other. Dinah and Babs were best friends, Helena and Dinah were best friends, the whole group were best friends, supporting each other, leaning on each other, and willing to do anything for each other. This sounds simple, even obvious that women like this would genuinely care for each other like that, but the sad fact in comic books is that women were often written as loners, and didn’t like each other at all. Gail doesn’t believe in this idea (neither do I frankly), and wrote the Birds as a group of close friends that loved each other immensely. That’s what made the Birds unique, what made them awesome, and what made them such a gateway book for women everywhere that wanted to get into comic books.
When it came time for her to leave the book, she described writing the last issue as, “physically painful,” her love for the characters so much so that she didn’t want to say goodbye. The fans didn’t want it either, and her run was named as one of IGN’s “25 Best Comic Book Runs of the Decade”, coming in at #18.
Eventually, she would return to the Birds during the Brightest Day even. She’s written them again a few times, in the Batgirl 3 Annual with a new team (awesome issue by the way), describing them as, “Like the Justice League but with more chaos.” Finally, for her final issues of Batgirl, she brought Black Canary, Batgirl, and Huntress together one last time. Even though three characters were VERY different from who she had written before, what resulted was one of my favourite story arcs even in comics, the Birds kicking ass and taking names just like they always should.