Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1
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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Writer: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson Artist: Claire Roe Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 17, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 23
6.9Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

"Who Is Oracle?" part one! Someone has stolen the name Oracle right out of Barbara Gordon's past! Hot on this false Oracle's trail, Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress are all tracking the same mafia it makes sense to team up, right? Problem is, Barbara and Dinah need the secrets locked up in Oracle's brain...and Helena Bertinelli would rather put a crossbow bolt right through it!

  • 8.9
    We The Nerdy - John Newby Aug 17, 2016

    Birds of Prey is a solid start to this series, and the goofiness is a fun break from the fairly serious subject matter. The only issue is that a beloved character only makes an appearance for one panel. Hopefully, its a glimpse into an expanded role as the series continues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Jordan Claes Aug 18, 2016

    What makes me most excited about this title is that I've never been a fan of Batgirl, nor am I partial to Black Canary or Huntress. I've always tried to ignore the expanded Bat-family because I thought they cheapened Batman, making him appear too overly humanized. After reading both the Rebirth one-shot and now this inaugural issue, the Benson sisters have changed my tune. It's refreshing to have Batgirl and the Birds of Prey being written from the female perspective; it's the first time ever in fact that I've read a comic with a female lead, that's also written/drawn by female creators. It's a much more honest and authentic tone, and it elevates the feminine prowess inherent within the characters. The world of comics has been a boys club for far too long. It's exciting to have such a powerful and palpable female-lead creative team and I await eagerly for what is to come in the weeks ahead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 17, 2016

    Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1 is a great character drama that's not only fun, but action packed. It may lack a proper villain and high stakes (so far), but the characters certainly carry it with their strong personalities. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Aug 19, 2016

    I'm definitely keen on this series but this issue doesn't expand things enough just yet. It's a solid base run when I was hoping for something a little more exciting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Jules Boyle Aug 18, 2016

    If you've been a fan of these characters' previous books, this is a must-have. Even if you weren't, now's the time to start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 20, 2016

    Strangely, it can be hard to do street-level super-tales in the mainstream shared comics universes, but this book nails the tone and also gives us some lovely interplay between the three heroes. Black Canary is low-key hilarious and witty, Batgirl smart and determined, and Huntress driven and mostly hostile, making for a good balance between the three main characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Aug 18, 2016

    In Conclusion: An action packed romp through the history and present of the Birds of Prey. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 17, 2016

    Batgirl and the Birds of Prey is a good book, and one that lives up to the significance of its title. Both Batgirl and Birds of Prey have historically yielded great stories about women and, even more importantly, great stories coming from great female creators. It's clear that the Bensons are comfortable working together and their scenes flow together so well; this isn't a case of two different writing voices being mashed together. It's nice to see the Bat-family open up a little bit without involving Bruce Wayne or Dick Grayson right off the bat. The women in Birds of Prey are more than capable without leaning on A-listers to help sell the book. There is an obvious connection but these women are carving out their own niche in the DCU, and that's a very, very good thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Pwaelchl Aug 17, 2016

    All of this praise is warranted, the Bensons and Roe succeed in the creating a world and characters to be proud of. Unfortunately, this first issue's storytelling is not executed as well. The story moves from one chase scene to another and unfortunately Roe's excellent depiction of the characters does not carry over into excellently choreographed fight scenes. On those merits, the book is a solid middle of the road 7.0. But the character dialog, friendship, and tension combined with the strong art direction elevate the book to an 8.0 and any reader not stuck in the muscle bound 90's would do well to keep an eye on this creative team. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Joe Ruggirello Aug 18, 2016

    The interplay between the three main characters, particularly Babs and Helena, is the obvious driving force of this book and the Bensons deliver an entertaining script filled with drama and quite a few laughs. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 17, 2016

    The first issue isn't bad in any way, it just is a bit predictable and the tone and interaction between the characters is a bit uneven. There's potential with these three characters, so we'll see where it all goes, but the first issue doesn't knock it out of the park unfortunately. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Aug 17, 2016

    So far, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey does a better job of reintroducing the Birds of Prey concept than the New 52 version. However, it is a bit of a mixed bag in that the characterization of the individuals doesnt fit as well as the dynamic between the characters. This issue was stronger than last months Rebirth issue, but the "DCYou" characterizations are distracting and remind the reader that this is not the classic Birds of Prey and that something is just not quite right. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Aug 19, 2016

    The comic is generally enjoyable despite its flaws. Barbara's reactions are often entertaining, mostly due to Roe's ingenuity in her visuals. (And there was one obvious quote from Han Solo and Indiana Jones in this one issue, so I can only assume the writers and I all share the same kind of love that never dies for Mr. Harrison Ford.) It's going to take some work distancing these characters from their New 52 counterparts into some semblance of the beloved relationships and interactions they shared pre-Flashpoint. This" is a shaky start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Tori B. Aug 17, 2016

    Hopefully they find that element in the future that really takes this series to go places. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Aug 18, 2016

    While this issue wasn't earth-shattering, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey certainly does show a lot of promise. I recommend sticking around to see how the first arc pans out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Aug 17, 2016

    If I had a way to summarize Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1, it would be: it both works and doesnt all at once. The nods to continuity both recent and distant are helpful in framing the context of the story, but between characterization, interaction, and visuals, the story ends up being a bit confusing as to the purpose. I have a lot of mixed feelings, but these are also some of my favorite characters so I have faith. Im not sure where the story is headed, but there could be something awesome in the works. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Comicsverse - Brian Delpozo Aug 22, 2016

    BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #1 is a hit-or-miss issue in both its story and, at times, its art. The well-done character work leaves me with hope that the series will be able to steadily improve as the creative team gets more comfortable with the comic book format. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 17, 2016

    This installment of Batgirl and The Birds of Prey doesn't have the same impact on me that the previous issue had and that's because both the writing and the art seemed to be off a bit from what we got for the Rebirth issue........ Not to mention our heroes acting really strange when presented with a crime.  Overall, I still look forward to this series, I just hope that it picks up from here. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Aug 22, 2016

    If you're a fan of the characters, you'll enjoy seeing them come together, and will be interested in the stakes it raises. If you're not already a fan, this might not be the issue to draw you in. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Aug 17, 2016

    Batgirl & the Birds of Prey hits many of the right notes, but it's a messy arrangement when the "song" comes to a close (largely due to the art). Consistency and the art could potentially plague this book, but it's the title's potential that is keeping me excited and positve. There are so many good stories lined up, and if the execution can match, this will be a title worth reading! Unfortunately, at the moment, Birds lost a little bit of my favor" Just a little though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - mansah19 Aug 17, 2016

    Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1 is worth a look if it has staying power remains to be seen. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Aug 17, 2016

    Regardless, even though it doesn't quite make sense for the Birds to team up yet, the Bensons do handle their interactions well. Perhaps the issue's best moment comes with a splash page that features all three characters. While Barbara and Helena argue in the foreground, Dinah stands in the back, rolling her eyes at them. Oddly enough, it's strikingly similar to a page that appeared in the first issue of the revamped Betty & Veronica from a few weeks back. That page perfectly summarized who the characters were and the relationship between them. This does something similar, but without the clever meta self-awareness. Instead, Barbara (the Betty) and Helena (the Veronica, which makes Dick Grayson the Archie of the group) basically just state their differences for the audience, as if they weren't already clear from their actions. It's a great idea but the execution isn't quite there. The same could be said for the whole issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Aug 25, 2016

    The Birds of Prey can be great and should be great. But right now, it's less than average. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Nerdist - Blair Marnell Aug 17, 2016

    There's really not enough here to make a judgment about the new Oracle as a villain, since we don't even have any suspects yet. In theory, a hacker who can outwit Barbara Gordon should be a formidable foe, but the Barbara Gordon Batgirl that we got in this issue was seriously off of her game. The Bensons had such a good take on Black Canary that it's curious that both Batgirl and Huntress came off poorly by comparison. For this revival book to work, all three leads have to be well-rounded characters and worthy heroines. Though they were not in this issue, we are hopeful that the series will develop each character individually. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 23, 2016

    While I think the pairing of this trio could work under the right circumstances, it doesn't work for me here. Nor, based on what we see here, is there any reason to expect that this trio would stick together after their common goals have been met. Pass. Read Full Review

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