Birds Of Prey #1
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Birds Of Prey #1

Writer: Duane Swierczynski Artist: Jesus Saiz Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 21, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 3
6.7Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

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 together, as Gotham City's covert ops team, they're taking down the villains other heroes can't touch. But now they've attracted the attention of a grizzled newspaper reporter who wants to expose them, as well as a creepy, chameleon-like strike team that's out to kill them.Don't miss the start of this hard-hitting new series from mystery novelist/comics writer Duane Swierczynski (Expiration Date, Cable).

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Sep 24, 2011

    Jesus Saiz is perfect for this series. One important thing about Birds of Prey is that it has to look good. When you have female leads in a series, I dont care if it comes off as sexist, but the leads must be beautiful. Each woman is beautiful here and graceful enough. The action was easy to follow. This series is a go for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Sep 21, 2011

    Have faith in this book. It's a damn good writer (seriously, read his novels"they are all kinds of awesome) for a damn fine concept. And the art is nice even if it isn't an EXACT fit. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Sep 25, 2011

    Black Canary and her Birds of Prey are heroes without a perch. They will be hunted by friend and foe alike I'm certain in the months to come. As a fan of Dinah and the team I have to say that I am interested in where Duane and his crew will take this title. Good start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Sep 25, 2011

    My interest in this book varied over the last couple of days. I moved from mildly interested, to very interested, ultimately settling on better than average. Birds of Prey #1 certainly wasn't the best book of the week, and it certainly wasn't the worst. There are some interesting character changes that have occurred, and I think once they characters discover the virus/poison component of the mystery the story will kick in, but for now, you're going to have to take your chances with this one. I'm giving Birds of Prey #1 3.5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Wayland Sep 26, 2011

    I didn't like the Babs/Dinah scene. Whether or not the old Birds of Prey happened in the DC-nU is unclear. Dinah makes references to being framed for murder, which was issue one of the last run, but it seems odd there's no mention of Babs and Dinah working together in the past. And the old comic tradition of misleading covers continues- while Katana and Poison Ivy are featured on the cover, Ivy is not in it at all, and Katana only appears in a picture. And oh dear god Canary's new costume needs to be burned. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 21, 2011

    If nothing else, Birds of Prey #1 should reassure readers that the franchise has plenty of life left after the relaunch. The series merely needs its full cast and less reliance on structural tomfoolery. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Crave Online - Blair Marnell Sep 27, 2011

    But it's not ready for primetime just yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 25, 2011

    In other words, this is far from an accessible introduction to the property. And it's not an accessible re-introduction either. While I enjoyed some elements in this comic book, I honestly don't know what it's meant to be about. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Kirby Sep 22, 2011

    Every week there always seems to be one title I check out that is completely underwhelming. Birds of Prey isn't actively bad but it just doesn't get it right. I understand the desire to get straight into the action but this is a team oriented series, we need to know the basics first. They attempt to fill us in a little bit but the flashbacks are awkward and haphazardly thrown in amongst the action. Not a great way to start of the series and maybe it will shape up over time…but it doesn't make a great first impression. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 22, 2011

    Even when Volume 2 of the series struggled (like whenever Hawk was in a panel) it still had Gail Simone's passion and wicked sense of humor. Sadly this one does not. I might give this another issue or two to see how the introduction of other members changes the dynamic of the comic, but more out of respect for characters Simone helped nurture and make wildly popular than any real hope for improvement. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

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