Birds Of Prey #7

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Ardian Syaf Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 15, 2010 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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One of Oracle's fiercest enemies finds her alone and far from her allies and safe houses and that's just the tip of the iceberg as Batman returns! Rising star artist Ardian Syaf (BRIGHEST DAY) makes his BIRDS OF PREY debut in a story you must not miss, which we're calling "The Death of Oracle"!

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Dec 18, 2010

    Syaf is a solid artist. However the inking by Cifuentes may not be the best match for his style. Syaf needs something cleaner and more solid to highlight the great lines and figures he weaves. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Wayland Dec 17, 2010

    I have said before, and repeat here, that I don't like the changes in Hawk and Dove. Now she changes when out cold, not speaking her name to trigger it, and the Chaos/Order vs War/Peace change has still never been explained. Gail is usually good at detail like that, so I hope we eventually find out why, even if it's an interview saying "the editors made me do it." We see Misfit mentioned, and she was last seen placed in Huntress' care… so where is she? There are a few unclear panels that show what might be supposed to be Babs' double with the Birds at the club, but as I said, if this is a set up on her part, it's badly done. I'm also not sure what's up with the apparent psycho drama with Hank. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Dec 18, 2010

    Oracle and the Birds of Prey are back to lay down the law, but it seems that the villain community isn't ready to lie down and die just yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - SoldierHawkShare this:FacebookStumbleUponDigg Dec 18, 2010

    A very solid issue that brings the Birds of Prey into the Batman Inc. fold and sets up what could be a pretty big change for the nature of the way Barbara/Oracle operate. Despite the pacing issues, there's plenty here to keep fans coming back for #8. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 19, 2010

    Syaf's art is a welcome addition to this book. Syaf brings a gritty, scruffy style to the book, adding some depth and dimension to the strong characters he draws. The conversation between Barbara Gordon and Batman gains an extra layer of peril under Syaf's pencils, just as the threat posed by Mammoth, Mortis, and the H.I.V.E. drones alongside them seem more threatening. Hopefully Syaf'll be here for a while as it seems as though this title has struggled to find its visual identity. It has one now, and after the half-year-long storyline, Syaf brings a breath of fresh air to match the newness in Simone's story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Dec 20, 2010

    I'm really torn on this issue. There are a lot of really interesting things going on and I'm really looking forward to seeing what Gail Simone has in store for Oracle's endgame against the Calculator and her many enemies who are aware of her presence, but there is also a lot about this issue that simply doesn't work for me. I think I might be more forgiving if I could get behind Adrian Syaf's art more. In the end, I don't think you'd regret reading this issue by any means, but I don't think you need to run out to buy it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Dec 20, 2010

    The plot - which seems to be dedicated to providing Oracle/Barbara Gordon with a new start - makes sense. Her character is strongest when operating in secret, so a plan to convince the superhuman world that she's gone works in context. Still, Oracle has proven to be such a smart and novel character over the years, I don't care for the notion that it might come to some sort of end of that it'll be altered significantly. What's really disappointing is the focus on the rest of the team at a strip club. It doesn't add anything to these characters. Furthermore, Hawk and Dove's role in the book still doesn't work for me. The supernatural, even cosmic nature of their powers seems like a poor fit with the more street-level qualities of the other team members. It doesn't look as though I'll be sticking with the book (again), but at least I can still get a monthly dose of Simone's strong writing in Secret Six. Read Full Review

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