BATGIRL Leaving BURNSIDE, ORACLE is BIRDS OF PREY's Big Bad, TED KORD Mentors BLUE BEETLE, More

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Batgirl is expanding to lead two ongoing books with Rebirth, but as part of that she's leaving recent hometown, Burnside, behind. As revealed in this week's DC Comics Previews catalog, Babs is going new places in both her solo title and new team book.

"Babs needs to get away from it all to center herself again," said editor Mark Doyle. "Along the way, she will meet some all-new heroes - and villains. And learn some new skills she'll be bringing back to her Burnside neighborhood of Gotham City."

Comparing Barbara Gordon's travels to pulling "a Kerouac," the first arc by writer Hope Larson artist Rafael Albuquerque will take place in Japan.

"The 'Burnside' take generated a lot of buzz, and we're taking that tone and vibe and running with it, but spinning it out into new adventures," said Doyle. "Batgirl will be Babs on solo adventures, continuing that vibe of a young, twenty-something superhero, carving out her own little corner in the coolest, scariest city in the world."

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For Babs' non-solo adventures in the new Batgirl & the Birds of Prey, the reunited team are hunting down Oracle - no, not their founder, but someone new taking up that name.

A mysterious new criminal operative called Oracle has declared war on Gotham, so naturally, Babs Gordon - aka super-cyber hero Oracle in a previous guise - takes exception to someone smearing her legacy," reads the DC catalog.

"The book isn't called Batgirl and the Birds of Prey for nothin' - Barbara is calling the shots... or so she thinks," said writing duo Julie and Shawna Benson. "Huntress has a mind of her own, and is hell-bent on her own revenge agenda. So it will take both Batgirl and Black Canary to keep Huntress in check ."

The identity of the new Oracle will be at the center of the new series' opening arc, with DC stating it's "a potentially new character" while also calling them "a one-time ally, now an all-seeing enemy of Gotham."

Speaking of Gotham, "DC You" standout Gotham Academy is revealed as returning with a new volume in September titled Gotham Academy: Second Semester despite not being listed in the publisher's original Rebirth plans for the fall. Original series artist Karl Kerschl returns to the book, now as co-writer alongside Brenden Fletcher and Becky Cloonan. No artist was named.

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And in other Rebirth news, the new Deathstoke series will feature Slade Wilson coming to grips with being hired to kill a member of his own family.

"Deathstroke may make it look easy, but there's no cutting corners when it comes to contract killing, especially when your family's on the hit list," reads the series' description. "Confronted with his very own troubled past and challenged to reinvent himself before he loses everything and everyone in his life, Deathstroke finds himself and those he values most in the crosshairs thanks to writer Christopher Priest and artist Carlo Pagulayan. "

DC then goes to rundown the whereabouts of Wilson's closest family, nothing that while his eldest son Grant is dead, with Jericho "plotting his next move, " and Rose "ready to take over the family business." Deathstroke's former ally William Randolph Wintergreen is mentioned, but is listed as "current whereabouts unknown... possibly dead."

And in a small bit of info hidden in the back pages of the catalog, the most-recent Doctor Fate from Paul Levitz and Sonny Liew's "DC You" series will join Jaime Reyes and Ted Kord  in the September Blue Beetle series, lending his knowledge about Egyptian lore to "help unlock the secrets of the scarab".

Stay tuned to Newsarama for more coverage of DC's Rebirth titles.

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