Birds Of Prey #2

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Ed Benes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 16, 2010 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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Flying out of BRIGHTEST DAY, the Birds of Prey are forced to ally themselves with the worst of Gotham City's mega-criminals while they struggle to save his life from the unspeakable horror that hunts them all! Fan-favorite writer Gail Simone (WONDER WOMAN, SECRET SIX) and superstar artist Ed Benes (JUSTICE LEAGUE, GREEN LANTERN) continue their return to the title that first brought them together!

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Jun 17, 2010

    Despite a few setbacks with the art, this is an amazing comic book and just one more sign that Gail Simone is at the top her game and perhaps the best superhero comic writer out there today. Every single page in this issue features Simone doing something brilliant and, as a whole, it simply destroyed every other comic out there this week, including the phenomenal issue of The Spirit that came in at number two on this week's Rankings. If you only buy one comic this week, it absolutely, positively must be this one. For the second week in a row, Gail Simone owns the Rankings with one of her brilliant comics, which also happens to be the second Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 19, 2010

    Ive criticized Benes work in the Justice League of America series several times. But I cant criticize him here. This is where he belongs and Im happy to see him draw these pages. Yes, he continues to have severe problems with storytelling. The fight choreography is not the best it could be. There are chunk of action missing. It doesnt all make sense. But I like how he draws the Birds. Hes trying for more grittiness, and I cant complain. Now, Melo is not as good an artist and her pages are very inconsistent. Im hoping she was but a small back up for this issue and not someone that will come back too often. Shes not ready yet to take the center stage in a series like that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Jun 20, 2010

    Simone serves up great stories and except for a few quibbles, I think this arc is going to be one of them. The Birds are in real, irreversible trouble that is going to force at least some of them to radically change how they deal with the DCU. Pick up Birds of Prey. And vote for Hawk and Dove to be dropped in a river…. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Brian Jun 21, 2010

    This is a very easy title to pick up. There's no prior knowledge needed to understand what's going on; unlike a certain Legion title. The characters are diverse and entertaining and the introduction of this new villain is nothing short of fun. If you're a fan of these characters' past adventures, then I'm sure you'll love to try and figure out this mystery as well. The art is nothing short of perfect and the writing is outstanding. I give this issue 4 out of 5 stars because, while awesome, it felt like it was only a very small piece to a larger puzzle. I get the impression that this entire issue took place over a 15 minute period of time and that, in the spectrum of the entire arc, isn't the best we're yet to see. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 22, 2010

    Overall, the comic still seems to be feeling its way along, and it's still too early to say if this approach is working. Time will tell, and I'm interested enough to keep hanging on - for now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jun 16, 2010

    You're not going to find many better team books out there in terms of writing. The problem with Birds of Prey is that we're only two issues in and this new run has already hit a jarring artistic bump in the road. The shift from Benes to Melo almost derails the entire issue, and almost undoes all the superb work Simone puts forward in these pages. Thankfully, the operative word in that previous statement is almost. When all is said and done, Birds of Prey #2 is still a damn entertaining issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Jun 18, 2010

    I'll admit I am tentative at how things are progressing with this first arc, but this hasn't dulled my appreciation that Birds of Prey is back. All it's done is forced me to pay more attention to what is going to happen next. Gail Simone doesn't have to win me back to this book, as I was sold with the first issue. Gail just has to make the story work in the end. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 16, 2010

    If I have one complaint, it's that if I never saw another "the world is now against these heroes that up until now they always liked" story, I would be pleased. I have faith that Simone will turn this into a satisfying story with a strong conclusion, but until then that part of these issues is like a nagging rough edge that just won't go away. Still, overall it's a welcome return for "Birds of Prey," and a good reminder of why Simone is so strongly associated with the title. Good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Travis Walecka Jun 24, 2010

    Despite this second issue taking on little more than a base to setup the rest of the arc, as well as one epic slugfest that shall continue, theres no doubt Birds of Prey is here to stay. The startling circumstances of recently reformed villains Savant and Creote, the grim possibilities of Gothams criminal underworld (i.e. Penguin), and the new hope that is Brightest Day all make for one exciting title--as long as Ed Benes is on full throttle, of course. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 18, 2010

    The plot behind the mysterious assassin deepens as the Birds find themselves on the run from a foe who knows their secrets, is at least two-steps ahead, and is able to make everyone dance to the song they have decided to play. I have faith in writer Gail Simone, but I'm a little concerned with where the story is heading, the near omniscience of their opponent, and the long list of repercussions the book will have to deal with (perhaps for years) unless Oracle and her crew mount a comeback, quickly. Although I wasn't a big fan of either Savant or Creote they deserve a better fate than they're given here. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

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