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One is wanted for a murder she didn't commit. The other is on the run because she knows too much. They are Dinah Laurel Lance and Ev Crawford - a.k.a. Black Canary and Starling - and joining them are the villainous Poison Ivy and the heroic Batgirl and together, as Gotham City's covert ops team, they're taking down the villains other heroes can't touch. They are the Birds One is wanted for a murder she didn't commit. The other is on the run because she knows too much. They are Dinah Laurel Lance and Ev Crawford - a.k.a. Black Canary and Starling - and joining them are the villainous Poison Ivy and the heroic Batgirl and together, as Gotham City's covert ops team, they're taking down the villains other heroes can't touch. They are the Birds of Prey. Collecting: Birds of Prey 1-7


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One is wanted for a murder she didn't commit. The other is on the run because she knows too much. They are Dinah Laurel Lance and Ev Crawford - a.k.a. Black Canary and Starling - and joining them are the villainous Poison Ivy and the heroic Batgirl and together, as Gotham City's covert ops team, they're taking down the villains other heroes can't touch. They are the Birds One is wanted for a murder she didn't commit. The other is on the run because she knows too much. They are Dinah Laurel Lance and Ev Crawford - a.k.a. Black Canary and Starling - and joining them are the villainous Poison Ivy and the heroic Batgirl and together, as Gotham City's covert ops team, they're taking down the villains other heroes can't touch. They are the Birds of Prey. Collecting: Birds of Prey 1-7

30 review for Birds of Prey, Volume 1: Trouble in Mind

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B) 75% | More than Satisfactory Notes: Distinctly ordinary, it pays no mind to raison d'être; while both characters and art lack depth, detail and roundedness.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Bear in mind that I'm new to Birds of Prey, so I have no idea how Trouble in Mind compares with older titles. Once again, this doesn't seem like much of a reboot due to the feeling that this is an ongoing continuation of older stories. Maybe it's not, but certainly didn't have an origin story feel to it. For a newbie like me, I would've liked to have known a little more about each of the Birds, and why they decided to start the team to begin with. However, I still thought the story was very entert Bear in mind that I'm new to Birds of Prey, so I have no idea how Trouble in Mind compares with older titles. Once again, this doesn't seem like much of a reboot due to the feeling that this is an ongoing continuation of older stories. Maybe it's not, but certainly didn't have an origin story feel to it. For a newbie like me, I would've liked to have known a little more about each of the Birds, and why they decided to start the team to begin with. However, I still thought the story was very entertaining, and I have no complaints about the actual plot itself. The lineup goes like this: Black Canary, who is wanted for her husband's murder, is the leader of the group. I'm unclear on whether or not her being a fugitive was part of an older story line, or if this is something new to this title. Starling was a very cool character, who (after some research on the web) I discovered is brand-spankin' new to the DC universe. Not much has been revealed about her background, but it seems as though she may be some sort of a former government agent who has gone underground. Katana has evidently been around for quite some time, but this was my first time reading about her. She's a Japanese hero with a magic sword. Her murdered husband's (and anyone else who is killed by it) soul resides in that sword. She can still hear her husband, and he sort of guides her. Most of the team humors her when she starts talking to the sword, believing she is delusional. And Poison Ivy? I thought it was a nice choice to add someone into the mix that wasn't exactly...er, nice. Barbara Gordon/Batgirl also makes a few appearances, but declines to be an official part of the team. Black Canary and Starling are already a team when the book opens, while the rest of the ladies come on board a bit later. They band together to defeat one of the (I think) better new villains of 52, named Choke. The identity of Choke and his true motives remain a mystery. The Birds find out that this guy is able to plant some kind of mind-control drug/virus into just about anyone. It turns regular people into his assassins when they hear or see one of his messages. Instead of regular commands he uses different children's nursery rhymes to activate them to do different things. If given the right code/rhyme, the agent will also self-destruct, which turns them into a human bomb. Since he can also alter memories (leaving his victims unaware that anything had happened to them), it leaves the ladies unable to tell who they can trust and who is really a sleeper agent for Choke. Very good story, with a nice cliffhangerish ending that makes me want more. Recommended

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Mixed feelings here. On one hand, Birds of Prey is a fun action comic. On the other, it's ultimately a little shallow. There are questions that are left unanswered here, but it's done in such a way that leads me to believe that the writer didn't know the answers at the time. The characters have interesting enough personalities (Starling is likely to be the breakout star of the book) but act in sometimes inconsistent ways. For example, Dinah seems to be just fine with killing... except for when s Mixed feelings here. On one hand, Birds of Prey is a fun action comic. On the other, it's ultimately a little shallow. There are questions that are left unanswered here, but it's done in such a way that leads me to believe that the writer didn't know the answers at the time. The characters have interesting enough personalities (Starling is likely to be the breakout star of the book) but act in sometimes inconsistent ways. For example, Dinah seems to be just fine with killing... except for when she isn't. I don't know if it's sloppy art integration, but Katana spends the entire series slicing and dicing without comment from Dinah, but suddenly in the last issue they're not supposed to be killing? And Ivy's personality and motives aren't so much ill-defined as barely sketched. Sure, it's mostly a fun read, but it was in the end more than a little shallow.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Well this wasn't as good as I hoped. I usually dig a lot of what Duane writes but this new team of birds of Prey just didn't gel with me. Right off the bat we have Black Canary kind of building her team from the scratch up. Gone are Huntress and Batgirl (mostly) and instead we have a new team with the likes of Katana and Poison Ivy on it. However, the big nasty here as planted a bomb inside of people so that they can use regular humans as weapons. This of course leads to one of our teammates get Well this wasn't as good as I hoped. I usually dig a lot of what Duane writes but this new team of birds of Prey just didn't gel with me. Right off the bat we have Black Canary kind of building her team from the scratch up. Gone are Huntress and Batgirl (mostly) and instead we have a new team with the likes of Katana and Poison Ivy on it. However, the big nasty here as planted a bomb inside of people so that they can use regular humans as weapons. This of course leads to one of our teammates getting infected and others might be on the side of betraying. Good: I enjoyed most of the costume changes. Gone are the days of ass in the face, which I love ass but it was too much, and actual some practical costumes for once. I dug the fights, they were fast and fun. I also thought some of the new additions were cool like Katana. Bad: The rest? Not so much. Poison Ivy was one note and bad. The crazy chick who goes bad, can't recall the name now, was also lame. I thought the storyline was kind of meh and nothing to write home about. The ending didn't do much to get me excited. This is coming from Gail's series, so it might be hard to measure up, but it didn't do much. It wasn't horrible, but I expect better. A 2.5 out of 5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Black Canary, EV Starling, Katana, Poison Ivy, and Batgirl join forces to defeat a villain, Choke, who controls people through nursery rhymes implanted in their heads. But it seems almost anyone can fall under the power of Choke’s words… even the Birds of Prey. “Trouble in Mind” has a lot of cool action, the characters have some nice dialogue, and the mystery of Choke was interesting, as were his murky goals. That “Birds of Prey” has killers on the squad adds a nice edge to the stories as more t Black Canary, EV Starling, Katana, Poison Ivy, and Batgirl join forces to defeat a villain, Choke, who controls people through nursery rhymes implanted in their heads. But it seems almost anyone can fall under the power of Choke’s words… even the Birds of Prey. “Trouble in Mind” has a lot of cool action, the characters have some nice dialogue, and the mystery of Choke was interesting, as were his murky goals. That “Birds of Prey” has killers on the squad adds a nice edge to the stories as more than one of them is likely to lose it and do something extreme and very un-heroic. The art is serviceable though Jesus Saiz made the strange choice of adding red on the tips of every character’s nose making it seem like they all have colds. The book was great fun but if you’re new to “Birds of Prey” (like me), a lot of questions will pop up for you that won’t go answered. And it’s frustrating – this is supposed to be a reboot, why skip over some very basic questions to draw the reader in? I read another superhero team up in the “New 52” recently - “Suicide Squad” - and it was established pretty quickly that this odd collection of characters were forced to work together because of bombs implanted inside them – any disobedience and it’s goodbye Chinatown. Reading “Birds of Prey” I didn’t know why any of them would work together or why. Poison Ivy- really? This is another example of the New 52 not being a reboot of the series but a continuation of a series already in progress, mislabelling this book as “Volume 1”. Black Canary is wanted for murder – but we never see the murder nor is there an explanation. More importantly, why has Black Canary started this vigilante group in the first place? What are their goals and purpose? Why do such disparate individuals like Katana and Poison Ivy even want to work in a team? The writer, Duane Swierczynski, gives the lamest explanation for why Katana joined, but the others? Doesn’t even try. So reading this I had no clue why this group were together or why Black Canary chose each person to start with. I recognised some of the characters because I’m a big Batman fan but I have no idea who EV Starling or Katana are. The absence of any backstory to any of the characters left me with an overall impression of constant arbitrariness. “Trouble in Mind” is not a bad book but it is definitely unsatisfying from the perspective of someone coming to this series for the first time. There are too many questions that any first book in a series ought to be addressing rather than ignoring and rolling right ahead – it makes everything that follows much less involving for the reader. It’s exciting and fun but I expect old readers of this series will get more out of it than new ones.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Birds of Prey1 Ugh Duane, and you were doing pretty well otherwise - interesting dropped-in-the-middle mystery, getting a team together, and even generally intelligent and no-more-than-needed dialogue. Characters even behaving unusually to keep me interested. But good lord of the hunt, there's got to be a better way to drop in info on our characters than their own inner monologue. "Most people don't expect the skilled martial artist to also have sonic super powers." Take a few lessons from noveli Birds of Prey1 Ugh Duane, and you were doing pretty well otherwise - interesting dropped-in-the-middle mystery, getting a team together, and even generally intelligent and no-more-than-needed dialogue. Characters even behaving unusually to keep me interested. But good lord of the hunt, there's got to be a better way to drop in info on our characters than their own inner monologue. "Most people don't expect the skilled martial artist to also have sonic super powers." Take a few lessons from novelists like Rucka - when you're working with an artist, when in doubt try letting them *show* us what the characters can do - especially when it's a physical capability or characteristic. And when you've scripted a fight scene in which *both* of those talents have JUST been demonstrated, give your readers a tiny bit of credit. And Said isn't much of a notable artist - his linework looks sloppy, the layouts and blocking are pretty standard, and the acting seems bland or even inappropriate. And look at this stinker: Does anything look like an ID to you? Doesn't ID usually, I don't know, *identify* the person? Photo, fingerprint, something that doesn't look like a Kinko's special? I'll say something nice about this book. It's an all-female team, and not once did I feel like they were exploiting them - no ridiculously revealing and impractical costumes, no gratuitous crotch or ass shots, and no treating them like sex-hungry manipulators (except Ivy, whose power set includes turning men's lasciviousness against them). Unfortunately, the thin relationships between those who supposedly know each other well - Dinah and Ev, Dinah and Babs - make this book feel forgettable. The overly-explained villain plot at the end bores me. And the completely unnecessary appearance of Batgirl (what exactly does she contribute to this team?) as fanservice... No. Just no. This series has no potential other than as filler to keep the New 52 at 52. But I bet if I check, this sucker has already been cancelled. Too bad too - World's Finest shows us how take a female heavy cast and show us why they like *and* complement each other. Duane, you need to take a lesson from Levitz and Rucka. This book should have been razor sharp spy thriller or loose and fun romp. Giving up and getting a weak average between the two does no one any favours, especially a dude whose last name only citizens of his ancestral homeland can ever pronounce let alone spell.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party

    Reading Trouble In Mind is a lot like watching an action-packed blockbuster movie...there's not a whole lot of depth or character development, but that doesn't make it any less fun! A faceless monster is haunting Gotham City, turning unsuspecting people into living weapons. Even more frightening is that this may just be the first step towards a much larger terror plot. Now, a team of women on the run from the law try to save a city that wants them brought down. Sometimes the best person for a di Reading Trouble In Mind is a lot like watching an action-packed blockbuster movie...there's not a whole lot of depth or character development, but that doesn't make it any less fun! A faceless monster is haunting Gotham City, turning unsuspecting people into living weapons. Even more frightening is that this may just be the first step towards a much larger terror plot. Now, a team of women on the run from the law try to save a city that wants them brought down. Sometimes the best person for a dirty job is someone whose hands are already plenty dirty... I was a little apprehensive going into Duane Swierczynski's first "Birds of Prey" story. As Gail Simone's highly-revered first BOP run was one of my favorite graphic novels in recent times, I was afraid no one would be able to measure up. But while Swierczynski never quite surpasses Simone's work, his writing is more than good enough to make him a worthy successor! For one thing, this is a very fast-paced adventure. Pages upon pages of heroes punching villains can get old really fast, but Swierczynski ups the ante with new situations and amusing banter. Also, while the storyline is strictly pre-Daniel-Craig James Bond stuff, there are enough twists and turns to keep you invested. One particularly mind-bending twist occurs about two-thirds in, when...well, I shan't spoil the surprise, but trust me, it's quite cool! Plus, while the established characters don't experience a whole lot of development, they still keep things interesting. Black Canary is a strong combatant and a crafty leader. Poison Ivy is a ruthless eco-terrorist who believes she's saving the planet by ridding it of the people trying to harm it. And Katana...Katana believes the soul of her dead husband lives in her sword and can communicate with all those she kills... shudders... But for me, the real shining star of this book is brand-new character Ev Crawford, code-named "Starling"! Yes, Starling is tough and deadly (with or without her pistols), but ultimately, her most dangerous weapon is her smile! She is so sweet and perky at times, it's impossible not to love her. She also provides a lot of humor throughout the story...like when a man she's rescued starts flirting with her, and she just rolls her eyes and says, "Isn't that a ring on your finger, playah?!?" I went into this book wanting to see Black Canary in action again, but I came out wanting to read more about Starling instead! While I found no major flaws in the book, the lack of depth prevents me from giving it a perfect score. Yes, the action is intense and the banter is pleasing, but that doesn't change the fact that you're still mostly reading a 7-issue fight sequence. Also, there were some minor nitpicks throughout, mostly with the Katana character. Why does Barbara Gordon object to Starling being on the team, when Starling doesn't seem to use lethal force, and then immediately recommends Katana, someone who racks up a larger bodycount than the villains in the story?!? Why does Canary freak out when she thinks Ivy is about to kill someone in self-defense, even though she seemed to have no problem with Katana killing several people earlier? These little inconsistencies did take me out of the book from time to time. So, ultimately, Swierczynski doesn't reinvent the genre or revamp classic characters. Instead, he just gives us a really fun adventure, and in the end, that's more than enough!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Once there was this costumed crime fighter known as Black Canary, whose trademark was fishnet stockings, martial arts, and a blonde wig to disguise her short, dark hair. Then, somehow, she was a "meta-human" with an odd, unexplained vocal/sonic power, and she dated Oliver Queen. Now, another somehow (called Flashpoint), she's always blonde and I'm not sure who she is anymore. Except the fishnets. So now, she lives somewhere in some city, on the run from the law for murdering someone and hangs with Once there was this costumed crime fighter known as Black Canary, whose trademark was fishnet stockings, martial arts, and a blonde wig to disguise her short, dark hair. Then, somehow, she was a "meta-human" with an odd, unexplained vocal/sonic power, and she dated Oliver Queen. Now, another somehow (called Flashpoint), she's always blonde and I'm not sure who she is anymore. Except the fishnets. So now, she lives somewhere in some city, on the run from the law for murdering someone and hangs with some other costumed crime-fighter, codenamed, of all things, Starling, also of murky origin and unknown capabilities and sometimes befriends Batgirl (who ought to be arresting her) and Katana and Poison Ivy, all without visible means of support (financially, and "figure"-atively) and really, they all seem to bounce between insensitivity, obscurity, and alarming aggressiveness. The plot, the characterization, the dialogue and the backstory all felt incredibly forced. McGuffins and deus ex machina abounded. I'm not a fan. Except the fishnets.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    This was not as good as I was expecting it to be, but it was still enjoyable. I liked seeing how the conflicting personalities of Black Canary, Starling, Katana, Poison Ivy, and Batgirl interacted. With saying that, the characterization was pretty good. The dialogue was alright, nothing to complain about from me. The artwork was also pretty good, too. The plot wasn't amazing, but it served its purpose and was sturdy. I'm really glad it didn't fall into the trope of a new plot every issue. Also, This was not as good as I was expecting it to be, but it was still enjoyable. I liked seeing how the conflicting personalities of Black Canary, Starling, Katana, Poison Ivy, and Batgirl interacted. With saying that, the characterization was pretty good. The dialogue was alright, nothing to complain about from me. The artwork was also pretty good, too. The plot wasn't amazing, but it served its purpose and was sturdy. I'm really glad it didn't fall into the trope of a new plot every issue. Also, the last panel dropped a substantial cliffhanger (relative to this story, at least). All in all, I wanted to like this more than I did. I mean, come on. Birds of Prey! Unfortunately this was an average comic. But the cliffhanger and characters make me want to continue.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈

    I enjoyed this book! I'm fairly new to DC, I've been slowing inching in for the last 2 years and all I hear is "Be wary of the N52. There's bad characterization and unnecessary changes to backstories." I get where that comes from, Marvel retcons a lot but usually keeps that to different universes. Anyway, luckily, I started with pre 52 Birds of Prey books so I have some reference for how this series was different. I am a huge fan on pre 52 Birds of Prey. Even with an ever changing lineup of chara I enjoyed this book! I'm fairly new to DC, I've been slowing inching in for the last 2 years and all I hear is "Be wary of the N52. There's bad characterization and unnecessary changes to backstories." I get where that comes from, Marvel retcons a lot but usually keeps that to different universes. Anyway, luckily, I started with pre 52 Birds of Prey books so I have some reference for how this series was different. I am a huge fan on pre 52 Birds of Prey. Even with an ever changing lineup of characters, every book was entertaining and the women were well fleshed out. This series was a little less in depth with regards to characterization but it was still well written and interesting. The villain, Choke, scared the shit out of me and there were definitely high stakes involved. The climax actually dropped my jaw. (Bless Katana). The lineup here is Dinah, Katana, Starling (new to me but love of my life) and they're joined by Poison Ivy and Babs. The only characters to really get some backstory for are Starling and Dinah. I get the sense they'll do more with Katana, Ivy and Babs later. I love, love, LOVE the changes to Dinah and Ivy's usual costumes. I defend fishnets but her heels never made sense to me. Here, she's in flats and that makes a lot more sense. Ivy's outfit is drawn beautifully, as well. Katana slays me but that's always been the case. I wish there had been more Babs, but I get why she wasn't here as much. I'm in love with Starling. She is my new Rock a Billy wife and I love her sense of humor and tattoos. The more I learned about her backstory and her family, the more interested I became. Plus, she's a total badass and protects her team. Anyway, ignore what you've heard about the New 52 because this Birds of Prey series is worth reading!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    I'm honestly shocked that I enjoyed this as much as I did. On the surface, it's a pretty straightforward superhero mystery tale. A shady organization and/or person is turning regular civilians into walking bombs unbeknownst to them, and the Birds of Prey are out to figure out who's behind this scheme and why. It could've been very been-there-done-that. But Swierczynski manages to elevate this premise to something much more fun and action-oriented. His dialogue is quick, playful and smart, only oc I'm honestly shocked that I enjoyed this as much as I did. On the surface, it's a pretty straightforward superhero mystery tale. A shady organization and/or person is turning regular civilians into walking bombs unbeknownst to them, and the Birds of Prey are out to figure out who's behind this scheme and why. It could've been very been-there-done-that. But Swierczynski manages to elevate this premise to something much more fun and action-oriented. His dialogue is quick, playful and smart, only occasionally straying into overt exposition. Most of the visuals do the work for him, which thankfully means this breezes along at a quick pace that sometimes reminded me of Bendis's Avengers or Whedon's Astonishing X-Men, with only the occasional misstep. I also loved the way he plays with perception and memory in this book. The story is essentially about mind control and memory manipulation, and the narrative reveals itself in pieces, often leaving the reader wondering exactly what's real and what isn't. I often felt just as confused and doubtful of what I was seeing as the Birds themselves, but never to a point where I felt betrayed. Swierczynski knows what he's doing here, and it shows. Now, one of the biggest drawbacks of this series so far is its characterizations. Black Canary, Poison Ivy, and Batgirl all speak almost exactly the same, with little distinction in their dialogue. Katanna is a little differentiated, but not by much. We're basically expected to understand how they differ solely because of their costumes and backstories. The characters certainly feel a little underbaked. But, I almost forgive this solely because of his introduction of Starling, a new character I genuinely rooted for. She's by far the most interesting and defined character on the team, almost as if Swierczynski was more invested in developing her because she's his creation (I assume). If he could only lean into building out the other members of the team as much as her, I'd probably give this 5 stars. Regardless, this moves along at a breakneck pace and feels brimming with an energy almost every other New 52 series I've read lacks. So far, as crazy as it sounds, this is probably my second favorite of the ones I've read, behind Batman, which is in a league all its own. Looking forward to more of this!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Meh

  13. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    Probably more like a 3.5 stars. Birds of Prey sees four female superheroes - Black Canary (Dinah), Starling (Evelyn), Katana (Tatsu), and Poison Ivy (Pam) - team up to solve a crime. It seems that someone named Choke is able to control a person's mind, turn them into anything from a silent radio to a human bomb. Occasionally Batgirl joins them to help them out. I liked the actual characters for the most part (even if I felt that Batgirl's appearances were just to show off Batgirl, not because Batg Probably more like a 3.5 stars. Birds of Prey sees four female superheroes - Black Canary (Dinah), Starling (Evelyn), Katana (Tatsu), and Poison Ivy (Pam) - team up to solve a crime. It seems that someone named Choke is able to control a person's mind, turn them into anything from a silent radio to a human bomb. Occasionally Batgirl joins them to help them out. I liked the actual characters for the most part (even if I felt that Batgirl's appearances were just to show off Batgirl, not because Batgirl had special skills that were needed), but I found myself frequently confused by the chain of events that happened. You could blame it on Choke, how he can control memories, which is why so many of these characters experience things they forget. Maybe I'm just dumb, but there were times when I wasn't sure what had happened before or where we were going. And even though there were the cheesy explanation dumps to fill us in on what happened, I actually needed them to fill in the big holes in my mind. Artwork is mostly good; there were a few confusing panels and some of the cover spreads seemed more focus on putting our heroines in butt-boobs poses than to make them look like crime fighters. One of the more confusing sequences involves Evelyn driving an airport cart. In one panel, Canary jumps towards, I guess, the cart Evelyn is driving. The next page of panels show Evelyn dodging security. The big spread on the next page show suddenly Canary sitting next to Evelyn as they blast through the windows in the cart. How did Canary appear in the cart? I may have been confused by this comic, but I still rather enjoyed it. I don't know if I'll take the cliffhanger bait, but I definitely am not completely turned off this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    William Thomas

    Women and comics, women in comics, is such a point of contention that it's hard to broach the subject in a manner befitting the gravitas of the situation, as well as without ruffling feathers. I'm a huge fan of women creators, and great female lead characters in books. I'm a minority in that, though, it seems. Especially when it comes to the current heads of DC. It's a big good-ol'-boys-club there and shows no sign of opening their doors any wider to let in the plethora of female talent begging Women and comics, women in comics, is such a point of contention that it's hard to broach the subject in a manner befitting the gravitas of the situation, as well as without ruffling feathers. I'm a huge fan of women creators, and great female lead characters in books. I'm a minority in that, though, it seems. Especially when it comes to the current heads of DC. It's a big good-ol'-boys-club there and shows no sign of opening their doors any wider to let in the plethora of female talent begging to be given a chance. So when I heard they were rebooting BOP without Gail Simone, I was nearly apoplectic. Which is why I was so surprised by how much I loved Duane's take on the team. Seriously. I wanted to hate it just because Simone was off it, but I really couldn't. Duane handled the thing masterfully and infuse the team with some seriously entertaining elements, some of which are new faces on the team, that it became one of my top 5 favorite titles. Espionage. Covert Ops. Invisible killers. Poison Ivy. I just couldn't put the damn thing down. It's the best thing Duane's written in a long, long time. Like he was dead-set on winning over every Simone fan out there. Well, he may not get them all, but he deserves too. He really does. And I'm glad to see a new artist on the book, who doesn't make the ladies bend and twist in inane poses, their busts shooting out of the panels like rockets. It's simple, plain and not bogged down by cross hatching. It uses a silhouette style of inks and fills in the blanks with fairly solid colors to make the book feel like a comic and not a CGI infused movie. Damn fine job all around. Writing: A Art: A

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Is it okay that I have a huge crush on illustrated comic book babes? When I was a kid I was in love with Rainbow Brite, so I guess I've just graduated to the big leagues. I've always thought Black Canary was just awesome; so calm under pressure, and just real. Her and Green Arrow were always a good team. Love Katana, and her conversations with her sword. Starling is just the coolest, most reckless, and gorgeous super heroine in Gotham. And, I can't forget, Poison Ivy and eventually Batgirl round Is it okay that I have a huge crush on illustrated comic book babes? When I was a kid I was in love with Rainbow Brite, so I guess I've just graduated to the big leagues. I've always thought Black Canary was just awesome; so calm under pressure, and just real. Her and Green Arrow were always a good team. Love Katana, and her conversations with her sword. Starling is just the coolest, most reckless, and gorgeous super heroine in Gotham. And, I can't forget, Poison Ivy and eventually Batgirl round out a really great cast of characters. Duane Swiercynski does an excellent job at jumping right into the action, and not getting bogged down in backstory. Many comic book writers will jump back and forth between current action and events that have already unfolded, but sometimes I feel like the momentum can get lost in these transitions. Not so with Birds of Prey; the story is seamless, and the reader gets to know and care about each character without losing sight of the current plot. Highly recommend for new readers and old alike.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bambi Hyde

    I loved Starling. This was my first time seeing the character and I want to know so much more about her. I liked the story and can't wait to read the next volume.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carly

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gonzalo Urrutia

    Such a fun read! I'd never read BoP and this was a great way to get into their story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Cristiani

    I love reading about tough, independent ladies. Positives of this reboot are that teamwork is strong, and Black Canary's narration drives the story. Also, Batgirl does not smile even once. I love her when she has gravitas, and here she has it. Some downsides, though. Poison Ivy's powers and personality confused me; she seemed both misplaced and overpowered. And though the premise was fascinating, it failed to make me suspend disbelief. One hard thing about superhero comics is that they have to b I love reading about tough, independent ladies. Positives of this reboot are that teamwork is strong, and Black Canary's narration drives the story. Also, Batgirl does not smile even once. I love her when she has gravitas, and here she has it. Some downsides, though. Poison Ivy's powers and personality confused me; she seemed both misplaced and overpowered. And though the premise was fascinating, it failed to make me suspend disbelief. One hard thing about superhero comics is that they have to be somehow realistic even as they're obviously absurd. This one glossed over too many plot details to smoothly draw the reader in. Still I'll continue with the series. I hope Batgirl never smiles in any volume.

  20. 5 out of 5

    sabrina ✨

    This needed more substance but it was till fun

  21. 4 out of 5

    FortressOfBookitude

    How can you form a team of five members without introducing any of them? Not only do they lack character depth, their abilities don't affect the story either. At least it's a fast read with an intriguing ending.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    OMG!!!OMG!!! I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!! The art of the GIRLS are AMAZING!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    The writing in this volume is great. Duane Swierczynski maintains a very suspenseful plot throughout. Each issue is full of action. This volume establishes what I think is a new villain, and I am very interested in seeing what direction this story will go into in the future. This series really handles the connection between the books in the Batfamily the best. This is one of my favorite titles in the New 52. I like several parts of the new team. Starling is a pretty interesting new character, and The writing in this volume is great. Duane Swierczynski maintains a very suspenseful plot throughout. Each issue is full of action. This volume establishes what I think is a new villain, and I am very interested in seeing what direction this story will go into in the future. This series really handles the connection between the books in the Batfamily the best. This is one of my favorite titles in the New 52. I like several parts of the new team. Starling is a pretty interesting new character, and I am interested in hearing more about her. Katana is not a character that I would think of as a member of my ideal Birds of Prey team, but I have always liked her. I think this is an entirely new design for Katana, and it is one of the few redesigns that I really like. All of the characters look pretty good, actually. I don't exactly love this characterization of Poison Ivy, but this is more of an issue of preference than her being out of character. The team feels a lot like the Secret Six, which I think is a very good thing. I was a big fan of the earlier Birds of Prey, and I feel the loss of some of the characters and history that the book previously had. Oracle was a huge part of who the Birds of Prey were, and I miss her. I am not sure if I like the writing of Dina and Barbara's relationship, especially in issue one. While I like this team, it feels much smaller than I am used to for the Birds of Prey. While it isn't necessarily relevant to a review of this volume, I am not sure if I like the membership of this team that I am expecting in the future. The majority of the art in this volume is done by Jesus Saiz, who is amongst my favorite comic book artists. He is a great choice for drawing an all-female team. His women are drawn much more proportionately, and the art comes across as much less sexualized generally. Their is an issue with a lack of consistency in the art. As often happens, if you like the art on the inside, you'll hate the covers, because they are in entirely different styles. Jesus Saiz is the artist for the first five issues. I did not like the first colorist, because everyone looks like there is a massive spotlight shining on them no matter what the lighting in the scene should be. After the first issue the comic has a completely different style, which does not go as well with Saiz's art, but I still like it. In issue five, Saiz is joined by Javier Pina, and the art may actually be the very best in this volume. In issue six, Pina does all of the art. The style is similar, but Saiz's work is definitely superior. Saiz returns for issue seven. That is a lot of changes, and it can take a reader out of a story, especially when the quality is not consistent. The only major criticism I would have of this volume is that it is much better when read as single issues. Duane Swierczynski's plotting of each issue is fantastic, and each one ends with an exciting cliffhanger. The best aspect of reading them individually, other than supporting the only all-female team, is Swierczynski's handling of the usual recapping of the previous issue. Without giving away plot details, the way he reminds readers of the plot of the story is very creative and much more engaging than the usual means.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Danie

    From the beginning this version of the Birds of Prey is slightly different than the pre-New 52 ones. It's much more about taking the heroes and the villains who are in the grey and pointing them (mostly) towards the greater good (sorta). Not to mention, it's started by Dinah Lance, Black Canary, and she's the one who asks Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) to pitch in here and there. I was happy to see that the writers kept the friendship between Batgirl and Black Canary there. That was one of my favorite From the beginning this version of the Birds of Prey is slightly different than the pre-New 52 ones. It's much more about taking the heroes and the villains who are in the grey and pointing them (mostly) towards the greater good (sorta). Not to mention, it's started by Dinah Lance, Black Canary, and she's the one who asks Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) to pitch in here and there. I was happy to see that the writers kept the friendship between Batgirl and Black Canary there. That was one of my favorite parts of the original Birds of Prey stuff and why I kept reading the older stuff even as team members came and went, they're the core of the Birds of Prey stories. (And, as I plan to say every time I read something with Batgirl in it. I very much miss, miss, miss Oracle). The new team's most interesting addition, I think, is Poison Ivy. She (along with Two Face and Catwoman) are my three favorite and I think most interesting Batman villains. And here Ivy is not just in the comic, but plays a significant part in it, very cool. She, along with Starling (a tattoo'd gun toting master strategist) and Katana (an Asian fighter who thinks her husband is in her sword and who talks to him) make quite the team for sure. Can't wait for the second TPB! I won this on GR's First Reads.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Daryl

    As a longtime reader, one of the questions that I have whenever I start reading one of DC's New 52 trades is, "How much of what went on before is still in continuity, and how much are things starting over?" I liked the previous Birds of Prey series a lot (both Chuck Dixon's stuff and, later, Gail Simone's), but I'm not sure how much is relevant here. Black Canary and Batgirl/Barbara Gordon know one another, but was there a Birds of Prey group before? Was Babs Oracle? I don't know from reading th As a longtime reader, one of the questions that I have whenever I start reading one of DC's New 52 trades is, "How much of what went on before is still in continuity, and how much are things starting over?" I liked the previous Birds of Prey series a lot (both Chuck Dixon's stuff and, later, Gail Simone's), but I'm not sure how much is relevant here. Black Canary and Batgirl/Barbara Gordon know one another, but was there a Birds of Prey group before? Was Babs Oracle? I don't know from reading this book. However, I did really like it, once I distanced myself from those questions, and just read. Like the previous Birds group, there's a lot of mystery here, espionage, etc. The art by Jesus Saiz is quite good, very straightforward. I didn't even mind the introduction of the new character, Starling, and am looking forward to learning more of her backstory. My biggest gripe might be the inclusion of Poison Ivy, who seems quite different from her previous incarnation (she has some kind of spikes or plants growing out of her back), and doesn't really fit in with the rest of the group. One of the better of the New 52 titles I've read, as this one incorporates a lot of the old BoP, and adds some interesting new twists.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    I've liked the Birds of Prey I read set in Brightest Day, but there were still some issues with it...however, this New 52 is right bang on. Black Canary and Starling (who by the way, is a fantastic character, I really hope they don't screw her up) are the base for this Birds team, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl wants nothing to do with the team, but suggests Katana, who joins, and the surprise member is Poison Ivy, who brings a little something different to the table. It's nice to have a team full of wom I've liked the Birds of Prey I read set in Brightest Day, but there were still some issues with it...however, this New 52 is right bang on. Black Canary and Starling (who by the way, is a fantastic character, I really hope they don't screw her up) are the base for this Birds team, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl wants nothing to do with the team, but suggests Katana, who joins, and the surprise member is Poison Ivy, who brings a little something different to the table. It's nice to have a team full of women, with the sexuality toned down a little bit, and have them not be so stereotypically written. It's also nice that each of the 4 women aren't exactly squeaky clean. Gives them far more character. Story line is interesting, with an actually believable mind-controlling villain, taking advantage of workaholics who are always online (nice little dig at the technologically dependent). I liked what I saw and I look forward to seeing the expansion of the characters' stories, as well as what happens in the series. Great start, recommended.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    I'm relatively new to Birds of Prey, and knowing that this series crosses over into the Court of Owls storyline prompted me to pick it up. My experience with this series prior to the New 52 was strictly due to my allegiance to Gail Simone. I liked some of the characters: Starling and Katana seem to have some character quirks that will keep them interesting for a while, but Black Canary, Poison Ivy and Batgirl are completely watered-down versions of there former selves; there is really nothing th I'm relatively new to Birds of Prey, and knowing that this series crosses over into the Court of Owls storyline prompted me to pick it up. My experience with this series prior to the New 52 was strictly due to my allegiance to Gail Simone. I liked some of the characters: Starling and Katana seem to have some character quirks that will keep them interesting for a while, but Black Canary, Poison Ivy and Batgirl are completely watered-down versions of there former selves; there is really nothing that makes them stand out as interesting people... In fact, there is not much substance to this story. There is enough action to keep the story moving forward, but it seems to be missing big chunks (like, what happened to Starling on the bridge? There was a huge cliffhanger, and a very little explanation for it). All of the parts of the story that would have helped build character or suspense seem to be missing and, instead, rewritten as single-frame flashbacks. It read to me like a poorly planned plot. 2.5/5

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wayland Smith

    This book had a lot of strikes against it going in for me. I actually like the novels I've read from Duane Swierczynski but I didn't care for this at all. Part of that was I liked Chuck Dixon and Gail Simone 's take on the characters. Part of it was I loathed the entire reboot. And I really didn't like any of the costume redesigns. Up until this came out, I had every single appearance of the Birds of Prey, from specials, limited series, and the various runs of the book. This one I dropped. No di This book had a lot of strikes against it going in for me. I actually like the novels I've read from Duane Swierczynski but I didn't care for this at all. Part of that was I liked Chuck Dixon and Gail Simone 's take on the characters. Part of it was I loathed the entire reboot. And I really didn't like any of the costume redesigns. Up until this came out, I had every single appearance of the Birds of Prey, from specials, limited series, and the various runs of the book. This one I dropped. No disrespect at all to Mr. Swierrczynski, I think he was placed in a very difficult position by the DC management.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Raymond

    All I know of the Birds of Prey are some of the cartoon and that Gail Simone had a good run a few years ago. Basically, my context is limited. The good news is that this trade is good. It's fun, has a good mix between action and exposition, and the art is noticeable without being distracting. The defensive is that, on a whole, the story feels long and a little all over the place. A few times I felt like I wanted to just get on with it, never good with how short graphic trades tend to be. I wanted All I know of the Birds of Prey are some of the cartoon and that Gail Simone had a good run a few years ago. Basically, my context is limited. The good news is that this trade is good. It's fun, has a good mix between action and exposition, and the art is noticeable without being distracting. The defensive is that, on a whole, the story feels long and a little all over the place. A few times I felt like I wanted to just get on with it, never good with how short graphic trades tend to be. I wanted to love this, but ended up just liking it. I will check out the next trade, but I hope for more from it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    This is the best Birds of Prey I've read that wasn't written by Gail Simone. I didn't even miss Babs in her Oracle role, which is shocking because Oracle was one of my favorite comic characters. But the presence of new character Starling (taking over the role that used to be Lady Blackhawk's) made for a very fun dynamic, and the use of Poison Ivy (in appropriate attire for once, too) and Katana made for very enjoyable action and banter. The villain was relatively creative, and worked well as a f This is the best Birds of Prey I've read that wasn't written by Gail Simone. I didn't even miss Babs in her Oracle role, which is shocking because Oracle was one of my favorite comic characters. But the presence of new character Starling (taking over the role that used to be Lady Blackhawk's) made for a very fun dynamic, and the use of Poison Ivy (in appropriate attire for once, too) and Katana made for very enjoyable action and banter. The villain was relatively creative, and worked well as a foil, and it just really worked overall. I had my doubts about anyone other than Simone writing it, but Mr. Swierczynski proves himself up to the challenge.

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