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Christy Marx's run on the hit series continues in this action-packed volume, featuring a Gothtopia tie-in! We reach a major turning point in the series as the Birds find a new benefactor and a new mission to take down one of the ancient evils of the DC Universe: Ra's al Ghul! Black Canary confronts Ra's al Ghul, who makes her an offer that could save her husband! Is she wi Christy Marx's run on the hit series continues in this action-packed volume, featuring a Gothtopia tie-in! We reach a major turning point in the series as the Birds find a new benefactor and a new mission to take down one of the ancient evils of the DC Universe: Ra's al Ghul! Black Canary confronts Ra's al Ghul, who makes her an offer that could save her husband! Is she willing to pay the ultimate price? Collecting: Birds of Prey #25, 27-34 and Futures End #1.


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Christy Marx's run on the hit series continues in this action-packed volume, featuring a Gothtopia tie-in! We reach a major turning point in the series as the Birds find a new benefactor and a new mission to take down one of the ancient evils of the DC Universe: Ra's al Ghul! Black Canary confronts Ra's al Ghul, who makes her an offer that could save her husband! Is she wi Christy Marx's run on the hit series continues in this action-packed volume, featuring a Gothtopia tie-in! We reach a major turning point in the series as the Birds find a new benefactor and a new mission to take down one of the ancient evils of the DC Universe: Ra's al Ghul! Black Canary confronts Ra's al Ghul, who makes her an offer that could save her husband! Is she willing to pay the ultimate price? Collecting: Birds of Prey #25, 27-34 and Futures End #1.

30 review for Birds of Prey, Volume 5: Soul Crisis

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B) 74% | More than Satisfactory Notes: Bizarrely binary, it begins burdensome and bumpy, but boldens by and by: buoyed by a busier, better-built backside.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Bye Bye Birdie(s)... This is the final volume of this run of the New 52 Birds of Prey, and it does an okish job of disbanding the team. Warning: If you haven't read the previous volumes, I may end up spoiling some stuff for you! It opens with Dinah's origin in the Zero Year issue, and shows how she went from a homeless street rat to badass special operative. She was taken in and mentored by the owner of a dojo who felt sorry for her, trained in martial arts, and finally left the studio on his passi Bye Bye Birdie(s)... This is the final volume of this run of the New 52 Birds of Prey, and it does an okish job of disbanding the team. Warning: If you haven't read the previous volumes, I may end up spoiling some stuff for you! It opens with Dinah's origin in the Zero Year issue, and shows how she went from a homeless street rat to badass special operative. She was taken in and mentored by the owner of a dojo who felt sorry for her, trained in martial arts, and finally left the studio on his passing. During the events of Zero Year, her courage & skills came to the attention of government agents, and recruited soon afterward. It was honestly one of the better Zero Year stories that I've read. In the last volume, Dinah discovers that her husband, Kurt Lance, didn't die. Instead, he was being held in a coma by the Basilisk group and used as a power damper/amplifier. In this one, the strange and immortal woman named Mother Eve offers to try to help Kurt. She also asks for the Birds help against Ra's al Ghul, who is coming for Mother Eve while she regenerates and is basically defenseless. There's a lot packed into this volume. The Suicide Squad makes an appearance to keep things fun, and Dinah has a face-off with Amanda Waller over the fact that she kept her knowledge of Kurt's aliveness a secret from her. Spoilery Secrets Revealed! Dinah has to make a choice between saving Kurt and betraying Mother Eve, or letting him finish out life as a vegetable. Condor has to decide if he really wants Kurt in the picture, or if it would be easier to move in on Dinah if Kurt were permanently out of the picture. I'm sooo not into Condor as Black Canary's love interest. BRING BACK OLLIE! Batgirl is dealing with the fallout of Death of the Family and killing her brother while fighting with Black Canary over the best way to run the team. The new Batgirl had a bunch of tension and fighting between those two, and at least now I know why. Although, it still seems stupid, if I'm being honest. I'm seriously not sure why Batgirl got so angry with Black Canary for wanting to make her (newly found) comatose husband her first priority. Anyway. Big Battle! Lots of Choices! The End! Sort of... Because to finish this out we get to read another wonky Future's End story. In this one Dinah has taken over the League of Assassins, and is using it to rescue victims of human trafficking. Batgirl, or Burly Betty, or whatever she's calling herself in the Future's End stuff shows up, as well. Uuuuuuugh. I've said it before, but I'm not a huge fan of the Birds of Prey. I would like to be a huge fan, however, because they seem like a cool team. This run didn't knock my socks off, but I'm not giving up on these ladies. Recommended for Birds of Prey completionists.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Another one of the new 52 books that reminds me of 90's era Wildstorm. All flash, no substance.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Enh. Bright colors, dark themes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    rip dinah lance. she didnt die but her characterisation got fucked up beyond recognition so she might as well have.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Sapphic Nerd

    It tears me up inside to give a Birds of Prey title a bad review, but there's no way around it. This volume is so annoying, I had trouble dragging myself through it. And the art is just... eugh. Sometimes it looks like a bad Frank Quitely knock-off, and I don't like Quitely's style to begin with. Okay. So characters... In any other book, I love Black Canary. Here, she's a decent chunk of the reason I don't like it. Her husband, who she thought was dead, is actually just in a coma. I get that it's It tears me up inside to give a Birds of Prey title a bad review, but there's no way around it. This volume is so annoying, I had trouble dragging myself through it. And the art is just... eugh. Sometimes it looks like a bad Frank Quitely knock-off, and I don't like Quitely's style to begin with. Okay. So characters... In any other book, I love Black Canary. Here, she's a decent chunk of the reason I don't like it. Her husband, who she thought was dead, is actually just in a coma. I get that it's tough emotionally, but the way she's written feels whiny. On top of that, her emotional instability is getting her into fights with the other Birds - particularly Batgirl. Speaking of Batgirl, poor Babs! She's trying to keep things together and to get Canary to focus, but Canary's all over the place. Part of Canary's problem (and my biggest problem with the Birds lately) is Condor. I'm not sexist, but I don't like him because of the "man drama" he brings (I don't like his personality either, but that's not the point right now). Birds of Prey is supposed to be an all-female team where readers don't have to deal with as much drama about their romantic troubles. I mean, sure, personal stuff is part of their lives so it does get mentioned or alluded to sometimes, but the men aren't there on the team, making things complicated in the present and on missions. Condor is. And he's so frikkin overdramatic. He acts like a moody teenager. Of course Dinah's going to be preoccupied with her husband right now! Get. Over. It. Better yet, just leave the damn team! At the very least, stop whining about how she's choosing him over you and getting all pissy because now you don't have a chance with her, and focus on the job. But noooooo. Dinah's trying to deal with Kurt (husband) while Condor's chasing her (or brooding over her), and it's too much of the drama I really couldn't care less about. It's not men in general who shouldn't be on the team because I didn't mind Hawk when he and Dove joined for a while. They were self-contained and didn't start anything. It's the "potential love interest" drama that comes with an opposite-sex teammate I don't like. And that drama sometimes becomes "love triangle" drama with another teammate (thankfully, it was a love triangle with a non-teammate this time) - but I would not have been surprised if all of a sudden Batgirl developed feelings for Condor, while he was pining after Canary, who's torn between Condor and her husband. Sigh. It's that kind of book. And then there's Strix, who's still a mysterious badass who can't seem to die. Despite her inability to speak, she's still an interesting character and she's grown on me. Okay... Something I did like about this book? The Futures End issue about Black Canary. It's cool and interesting, and I'd like to see more of the new dynamic between Babs and Dinah. I'd love Gail Simone back on Birds of Prey someday... With Starling back (What ever happened to her anyway?). I know Poison Ivy was a little difficult to handle, but I liked her on the team too, especially the way she clashed with Starling... Well. That's it. Goodbye, Birds of Prey. I hope you come back someday in more capable hands.

  7. 5 out of 5

    J. Griff

    I’m finally finished with The Birds of Prey. Like with the last volume Marx’s writing is better than Swierczynski’s, but like this just didn’t have any meat to the stories. The soap opera of Black Canary wailing & crying over her “husband” was pitiful. Not sure with whom the target audience was for this comic. There really wasn’t much “teamwork” in this team. Condor came across as a love sick sap that would do whatever Canary asked as long as she’d love him 🙄 No character development on Stryx. I I’m finally finished with The Birds of Prey. Like with the last volume Marx’s writing is better than Swierczynski’s, but like this just didn’t have any meat to the stories. The soap opera of Black Canary wailing & crying over her “husband” was pitiful. Not sure with whom the target audience was for this comic. There really wasn’t much “teamwork” in this team. Condor came across as a love sick sap that would do whatever Canary asked as long as she’d love him 🙄 No character development on Stryx. I still believe that Barbara Gordon was 100x more effective as Oracle than she ever was as Batgirl. I did like Robson Rocha’s art better than Romano Molenaar’s. As I move on to the next title on my backlog shelves of graphic novels I bought & didn’t get to read due to my Army career I now realise that if I’d managed to get one or two of these read it would’ve saved me a lot of money because I’d have stopped reading comics sooner.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    No more Birds of Prey : ( I want a Strix/Mother Eve offshoot. Strix appears in another series, Secret Six, but I'm not sure I want to read another Gail Simone title. At least now Batgirl is on her own again. Screw Black Canary - she's just way too selfish and mopey. Condor would've done them both favors if he'd just let Ra's team kill (view spoiler)[Kurt (hide spoiler)] . Also, wtf happened to Starling? This series was more fun when she was in it. Not the worst New 52 title but definitely nowhere nea No more Birds of Prey : ( I want a Strix/Mother Eve offshoot. Strix appears in another series, Secret Six, but I'm not sure I want to read another Gail Simone title. At least now Batgirl is on her own again. Screw Black Canary - she's just way too selfish and mopey. Condor would've done them both favors if he'd just let Ra's team kill (view spoiler)[Kurt (hide spoiler)] . Also, wtf happened to Starling? This series was more fun when she was in it. Not the worst New 52 title but definitely nowhere near the best. Probably wouldn't lose much, even if you like these characters, if this series was just skipped.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sean Kennedy

    So this current incarnation of Birds of Prey comes to a close, and overall it was a muddling and sometimes exasperating run. The worst thing they did (besides firing Gail Simone) was bringing in the character of Condor - BOP is meant to be an all-female team, and although a male added to the line up could have been interesting Condor was just a melodramatic whiny guy who mooned over Black Canary most of the time: "Oh no, I like Canary and now her husband's back from the dead and in a coma and sh So this current incarnation of Birds of Prey comes to a close, and overall it was a muddling and sometimes exasperating run. The worst thing they did (besides firing Gail Simone) was bringing in the character of Condor - BOP is meant to be an all-female team, and although a male added to the line up could have been interesting Condor was just a melodramatic whiny guy who mooned over Black Canary most of the time: "Oh no, I like Canary and now her husband's back from the dead and in a coma and she will never come to like me waaaah". Like, dude, of course she's going to be focused on her husband. Way to make superhero-ing all about your fee-fees. I just hope they don't go down this same road when the next arc begins in the reboot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Though the story was decent, it just didn't seem true to these characters or their personality. Even in the "New 52" universe, it just seemed like the author had a story to tell, and didn't care about the characters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Fills in some gaps in past stories but really doesn't compel any interest in reading more of these characters.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Richard Rosenthal

    This one is all over the place. It introduces new characters only to end the entire story line. The Gothtopia story is touched upon without resolution. Issue 26 is completely missing without explanation. The futures end story doesn't seem to goo well with the futures end stand alone.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    I enjoyed the idea of two immortals fighting each other, but the rest of it felt standard comic reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tomas

    How can this be cancelled? There are so many worse comic books that have not been cancelled. Recently I have feeling that everything that I liked about new 52 is getting cancelled

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Birds of Prey: Soul Crisis picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting nine issues (Birds of Prey #25, 27–34) of the 2011 on-going series with Birds of Prey: Futures End and collects many one-issue interconnecting stories. The first half of the trade paperback: "Loose Ends", "Wings of Truth!", "The Eve of Battle", "Soul Crisis" (Birds of Prey #17–30) has the Birds of Prey facing off with Ra's al Ghul and his League of Assassins and the temptation for Dinah Drake of using a vial given Birds of Prey: Soul Crisis picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting nine issues (Birds of Prey #25, 27–34) of the 2011 on-going series with Birds of Prey: Futures End and collects many one-issue interconnecting stories. The first half of the trade paperback: "Loose Ends", "Wings of Truth!", "The Eve of Battle", "Soul Crisis" (Birds of Prey #17–30) has the Birds of Prey facing off with Ra's al Ghul and his League of Assassins and the temptation for Dinah Drake of using a vial given to by Ra's al Ghul to revive her comatose husband, Kurt Lance. The introduction of the team Wings of Truth was rather odd and tied into the narrative somewhat well. The second half of the trade paperback: "Expectation", "Pretty Lies and Ugly Truths", and "Things Fall Apart" (Birds of Prey #32–34) has the Birds of Prey facing off with Amanda Waller and her Suicide Squad, which would eventually leave with the dissolution of the Birds of Prey. The tie-in issues "Sunrise" and "The Red League" for Zero Year and Futures Ends bookends the trade paperback rather well with one introducing a mission before the Birds of Prey were formed and a possible future for the Birds of Prey set five years in an alternative future. Christy Marx penned the entire trade paperback. For the most part, I like the idea of having the Birds of Prey having to go against other teams and organizations in the DC Comics universe, in this case, the League of Assassins and Suicide Squad – I just wish that it was better executed. The revolving door of members in the Birds of Prey seems to be a theme throughout the series with this time having Dinah Drake leaving the Birds of Prey temporarily before having the team dissolves at the end of the series. Scott McDaniel (Birds of Prey #25, 27–34, and Birds of Prey: Futures End), Robinson Rocha (Birds of Prey #27, 29–34, and Birds of Prey: Futures End), Daniel Sampere (Birds of Prey #25, 27–28), and Romano Molenaar (Birds of Prey #25, 27) are the pencilers for the trade paperback. For the most part, the penciling styles complement each other rather well, yet rather distinct, which makes the artistic flow of the trade paperback rather smooth. Overall, Birds of Prey was an overall mediocre series. It took far too long for the team to be formed and when it was formed it quickly lost members just as quickly with Poison Ivy, Starling, and Condor betraying the team, albeit with Condor it was a double-cross. Furthermore, Katana and Black Canary left the team with Batgirl and Strix leaving the team at the end, which dissolved the Birds of Prey altogether. As for the narrative, I liked the fact that the Birds of Prey took on other teams and organization of the DC Universe, but its execution was mediocre at best. All in all, Birds of Prey: Soul Crisis is a rather good conclusion to what was a rather mediocre series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roman Colombo

    So, the only real problem I had with this is that it should have been two volumes--it had a very clear breaking point literally halfway in. I'm also sad to see Marx's tenure ending right as it felt she was building steam. These characters are (mostly) wonderful. I honestly don't care about Condor and kind of wish he left the group early on. But the character I really want to see again is Strix. I hope she returns at some point--with her voice!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kaitie

    Did they just turn Dinah into Mera for this gn? Nothing about this wowed me, reading about Condor's affection and Dinah's obsession with Kurt exhausted me. I don't think there was any true grasp of Dinah's characterization except for the last few pages. Not one I'll reread, took me a long time to get through cause I just had no interest picking it back up after starting the first time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pranit

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The way Ras al Gul is introduced in the whole Basilisk and BOP storyline is interesting, adding another narrative to the Batman villian's story. The comics are fast paced. I finished all the issues during my 8 hour flight! This marks the end of BOP in the new 52 storyline.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dean Simons

    Plot felt like a 90s revival. Forgettable. The art was great though - props to Rocha.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas

    I know I'm just singing the same song here, but this title doesn't work without someone filling the role vacated by Oracle. Yes Barbara is here, but she's basically a side character in Black Canary's messy plot. Outside if the first volume maybe, this New 52 run has never felt like Birds of Prey. We talk about this and the Birds of Prey in general on a special episode of the All the Books Show: https://soundcloud.com/allthebooks/ep... I know I'm just singing the same song here, but this title doesn't work without someone filling the role vacated by Oracle. Yes Barbara is here, but she's basically a side character in Black Canary's messy plot. Outside if the first volume maybe, this New 52 run has never felt like Birds of Prey. We talk about this and the Birds of Prey in general on a special episode of the All the Books Show: https://soundcloud.com/allthebooks/ep...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline O.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The fifth volume of the collected New 52 version of Birds of Prey really feels like the end of this series. The book opens with a flashback, telling us how Black Canary became Black Canary. It's a wonderful story. The book ends with a flash forward to five years in the future - having survived a dip in the Lazarus Pit, Black Canary now leads the Red League - rescuing women from abuse, sex trafficking, slavery, and other crimes. Some of the women she rescues willingly join her. Black Canary runs The fifth volume of the collected New 52 version of Birds of Prey really feels like the end of this series. The book opens with a flashback, telling us how Black Canary became Black Canary. It's a wonderful story. The book ends with a flash forward to five years in the future - having survived a dip in the Lazarus Pit, Black Canary now leads the Red League - rescuing women from abuse, sex trafficking, slavery, and other crimes. Some of the women she rescues willingly join her. Black Canary runs into a future bizarre Batgirl called Bête Noire (the Black Beast). I liked this taste of a future Black Canary - the only issue I had was the internal monologue boxes were red print on a black background which is very, very hard to read. Actually, I find red print difficult to read on any background. Beyond those two very separate books - this volume wraps up the loose ends from the previous volume. Then the newly regenerated Mother Eve sends the Birds of Prey on a rescue mission to the Congo in Africa to retrieve one of her operatives. There they run into the Suicide Squad (Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Capt. Boomarang, and King Shark) and Amanda Waller. Waller tells Black Canary "the truth" of why Kurt, her husband, has no memory of her - their marriage was a sham and part of Kurt's cover. Waller then takes Kurt out of the rehab facility he's been in since his recovery. Black Canary is devastated by this "truth" - but this is Amanda Waller we're taking about - a master manipulator who wouldn't know the truth if it walked up to her and introduced itself. The story ends, however, with the Birds breaking up - Batgirl leaves in disgust and returns to Gotham. Condor tries to stay with Black Canary, since he's fallen in love with her (for awhile now) but we know the relationship will go nowhere. Canary strikes out on her own - and the flash-forward last story I already mentioned tells us how that will go. Birds of Prey is a great graphic novel series because it features all women superheroes. Women who are bad-asses who can take care of themselves. The New 52 version compromises that premise (which has been around since the Chuck Dixon series of the 1990s) by introducing Condor who, although cool, doesn't really belong in this series. These "birds" do not need a man to rescue them. The series also compromises Black Canary, a long-time DC heroine by making her entire existence about her guilt over accidentally "killing" her husband and then her determination to rescue and restore him. Canary even considers betraying the team and allowing R'as al Ghul to kill Mother Eve - simply to get her husband back and whole. Come on - this is the woman who was the defacto leader of the Justice League! (Batman was the leader on paper, but as he tended to be busy he appointed Canary as his lieutenant.) Canary was the trainer for Young Justice in that animated series. She's had her own series. And for awhile, she was married to Oliver Queen - the Green Arrow. So why wimp her out? Oh, that right, this is New 52. Fortunately, Rebirth brings her bad-ass self back. Birds of Prey becomes a story of betrayal and of character after character leaving - another trope of "women can't work together". There are some great moments (Starling - I miss her!) and some truly beautiful art. But I prefer the original series. And Rebirth is looking to be good too. I rate things based on it's own merits - and by that score, this novel was pretty good, but other versions of the Birds are better.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda T

    I'm not a fan of the New 52 comic compilations. They tend to start in the middle of story, throwing in portions of comics already included in another graphic novel and then finishing it yet another incomplete comic series. Here we have Vol 5, which includes Black Canary's back story, part of a story arc involving Ra's Al Ghul and ending with an odd comic revolving around a changed BC and Batgirl. On top that, this particular story arc isn't particularly interesting: Condor brooding over Black Cana I'm not a fan of the New 52 comic compilations. They tend to start in the middle of story, throwing in portions of comics already included in another graphic novel and then finishing it yet another incomplete comic series. Here we have Vol 5, which includes Black Canary's back story, part of a story arc involving Ra's Al Ghul and ending with an odd comic revolving around a changed BC and Batgirl. On top that, this particular story arc isn't particularly interesting: Condor brooding over Black Canary who is brooding over her comatose husband. All while being yelled at by Batgirl. It's strange and not overly compelling.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    In the last volume of the New 52 iteration of the Birds of Prey, we find our intrepid team fighting Ra's al Ghul while teaming up with another immortal, Mother Eve, and then they fight against the Suicide Squad, as Black Canary has a personal score to settle with Amanda Waller. The writing here is decent. Christy Marx does a pretty good job of dialog and the ever-present inner monologue. Most of the scenes are believable, as far as comics go, and the action flows rather well. The art is DC house In the last volume of the New 52 iteration of the Birds of Prey, we find our intrepid team fighting Ra's al Ghul while teaming up with another immortal, Mother Eve, and then they fight against the Suicide Squad, as Black Canary has a personal score to settle with Amanda Waller. The writing here is decent. Christy Marx does a pretty good job of dialog and the ever-present inner monologue. Most of the scenes are believable, as far as comics go, and the action flows rather well. The art is DC house style; adequate, but nothing spectacular. The primary problem I have with this book is that the characterization of Black Canary is just...bad. She comes across as petulant, out of control, easily manipulated, and manipulative herself. It's kinda crap, actually. Her arguments with Batgirl seem silly, and the final confrontation between Canary and Waller is laughable. Literally, I was laughing because it was so silly. Furthermore, the way Canary and Batgirl act in the "Burnside" Batgirl stories is completely flipped. Canary is the more adult and mature one, and Batgirl isn't. I have enjoyed the character Condor and hope we see him again soon. Although it was never stated as such, I assume he's the New 52 version of the Freedom Fighter Black Condor. There are certainly similarities. I think the people that are upset that a man is on a team that is supposed to be all-female is rather funny. An all-male team would get folks riled up, but I guess reverse-discrimination with no men on the team is supposed to be ok. I've mostly enjoyed the BoP in the New 52, and look forward to their revival after DC's Rebirth event this summer.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ekin

    This series started off interesting and it was really fun to read but then it became incredibly dull. I didn't read the whole run of Birds of Prey before (even though it has my all time favorite characters from the DC universe) because it's too long - but it wasn't my first reading of a Birds of Prey title... this was semi-good. I gave almost all the other issues 4 stars and this was one of the exceptions because near the end I got extremely bored and was almost happy it finally ended. The who This series started off interesting and it was really fun to read but then it became incredibly dull. I didn't read the whole run of Birds of Prey before (even though it has my all time favorite characters from the DC universe) because it's too long - but it wasn't my first reading of a Birds of Prey title... this was semi-good. I gave almost all the other issues 4 stars and this was one of the exceptions because near the end I got extremely bored and was almost happy it finally ended. The whole series is overall good though (and there might be lots of people who thought it didn't become /dull/ near the end), it's female-driven, funny at times and the art is really good! If you enjoyed this I recommend reading Gail Simone's Batgirl too: a. you can understand Batgirl's storyline better in this arc because she sometimes disappears and comes back feeling all depressed or comes back with a friend b. the art is very similar and well, Batgirl is definitely a better read than this.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    This was definitely a step up from the previous volume - the Birds seem more in control and more empowered. The Ra's/Mother Eve story is interesting and actually had me a little concerned about the decisions the characters would make. And the one-off issue of Death Jump was a nice break from the overlong stories DC publishes, with a story that begins and ends in a single issue. It's not a memorable villain or anything, but it's a nice break. Which then falls into a Suicide Squad crossover that h This was definitely a step up from the previous volume - the Birds seem more in control and more empowered. The Ra's/Mother Eve story is interesting and actually had me a little concerned about the decisions the characters would make. And the one-off issue of Death Jump was a nice break from the overlong stories DC publishes, with a story that begins and ends in a single issue. It's not a memorable villain or anything, but it's a nice break. Which then falls into a Suicide Squad crossover that has some decent action, even though the actual plot is nothing special. And the volume concludes with a 5 years later story, which is honestly one of the weaker stories I've seen in the series. So some ups and downs, but overall, a slightly stronger than average collection. It may actually be the strongest of the New 52 volumes, which is sadly not a high bar to vault.

  26. 4 out of 5

    John

    I read some of the early issues of the New 52 Birds of Prey and enjoyed them a lot. Having skipped to this final volume in the run , it's obvious the book and the Birds have changed a lot since then and not for the better. It doesn't help that this volume is a really mixed bag of stories, either. We get a Black Canary zero year origin story at the beginning, which isn't bad , but at the end there's a completely bonkers Future's End story that makes no sense at all. In the middle is an okay arc a I read some of the early issues of the New 52 Birds of Prey and enjoyed them a lot. Having skipped to this final volume in the run , it's obvious the book and the Birds have changed a lot since then and not for the better. It doesn't help that this volume is a really mixed bag of stories, either. We get a Black Canary zero year origin story at the beginning, which isn't bad , but at the end there's a completely bonkers Future's End story that makes no sense at all. In the middle is an okay arc about a battle between Mother Eve and Ra's al Ghul which is just okay, and another arc featuring an appearance by the Suicide Squad which adds some needed humor and action. Also the art is not great. It always irks me when they draw ten year-old girls that look twenty -five. Overall a pretty jumbled end to this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    H

    I loved going back to Dinah's origins and her turmoil throughout the volume. Although I'm not here for either Kurt or Condor ugh bring back Ollie! Watching Dinah and Babs be at odds with each other was kinda painful because dinahbabs owns my heart. I thoroughly enjoyed Suicide Squad being in this volume and the dynamic between Amanda Waller and Dinah. The end bit with Strix and Babs was downright adorable. I knew it would end with the team being disbanded but I wish it were done in a better way. A I loved going back to Dinah's origins and her turmoil throughout the volume. Although I'm not here for either Kurt or Condor ugh bring back Ollie! Watching Dinah and Babs be at odds with each other was kinda painful because dinahbabs owns my heart. I thoroughly enjoyed Suicide Squad being in this volume and the dynamic between Amanda Waller and Dinah. The end bit with Strix and Babs was downright adorable. I knew it would end with the team being disbanded but I wish it were done in a better way. All in all, it was a good conclusion to the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    The writing for this collection is mediocre, made worse by dialogue that often feels stilted and unlike how people would actually talk. (Why does Batgirl ask four questions at a time? Why is everyone so formal?) Some of the stories and characters had potential; I was even mildly interested in the Dinah-Kurt Lance plot by the end. But the writing just becomes more obviously pedestrian as the collection plods along.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Seth

    The story was pretty decent, even the Futures End story was pretty cool. But the artwork was pretty spotty in this volume. In one panel during the fight against the Suicide Squad. Harley Quinn's eyes were trailing off in two different directions. It was pretty bad. So I deducted two star essentially for poor artwork.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Starling and Black Canary were my two top fav characters in this whole run, and both have had some good development and growth. A little disappointed with Starling though, I thought her story could have been more flushed out. I'm glad Batgirl ended this volume the way she did; BC deserves it.

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