Birds Of Prey #4

Writer: Duane Swierczynski Artist: Jesus Saiz Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 21, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 2
8.2Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

The only thing worse than a bomb on a speeding train is three bombs. Hidden inside the skulls of three different people. All on the same speeding train. And the Birds of Prey Black Canary, Starling, Katana and Poison Ivy know the names of only two of these walking bombs. Don't miss the shocking revelation that will rewrite the rules of the team forever! Yes, we know it's only issue #4! Guest starring Batgirl!

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer Dec 31, 2011

    Duane Swierczynski does a fantastic job with moving the narrative along while maintaining a hold on the many personalities in the book. Jesus Saizs artwork continues to be fantastic, and fit the book quite well. My only distaste towards this issue was that it did not provide a very good intro to the team for Batgirl. It made sense but the cover lead me to believe the issue would focus more on Batgirls entrance while it actually did not. All in all, it was a great issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Dec 27, 2011

    Swiercynski and Saiz end their story on a curious note that appears to reference the Silence from Doctor Who. It's a surprising twist, but it suits the ultimate signature of the villain the Birds face, which is to use the entire capacity of the human body as a tool to commit crime. Batman readers may also want to note a curious connection to the Court of Owls. Perhaps, the Birds of Prey and the Bats ally themselves in a carefully waged war pitting the Gotham heroes against the new vermin in the city. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 22, 2011

    "Birds of Prey" is one of the titles I had no expectations for in the relaunched DC Universe. Throughout the third of a year that this series has been hitting shelves, however, this book has climbed up my must-read list. It's an action adventure book with plenty of action, adventure, and awesomeness. Loosely set in the DC Universe, this book delivers a great read all by itself each and every month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Dec 28, 2011

    This story was fast-paced. I read it in about five minutes. A previous story hinted that Batgirl and Black Canary had some kind of real disagreement. But this issue Batgirl just showed up to help her old teammate without bringing up any of their past issues. It kinds of invalidate the previous subplot. Of course the story ends in a cliffhanger. I will say that Birds of Prey is one of the most solid of the 52 reboots. It may not go to some of the creative heights of other series such a Wonder Woman, but it is a great read. Time Warner Inc. the parent company of DC Comics supports the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Wayland Dec 28, 2011

    Katana seems to be a one note killer type. She talks to/about her dead husband in her blade, and kills folks, and that's about it. Ivy is seeming very quiet and mellow for her, taking orders and saving innocents, nothing at all like how she usually is. Yes, it's a new continuity, but Starling has made comments about her being a killer as well, so it's not all just me drawing on her old history. I'm not sure what it is about this team, but it's just not gelling for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 23, 2011

    We get a compelling picture of the big baddie the Birds are working against, and plenty of fun moments, but a slight dampener on the pace and action overall. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Poet Mase Dec 21, 2011

    Swierczynski and Saiz remain surefooted as they deepen the mystery surrounding the Birds of Prey and their target. The problems that do arise are not likely to ruin readers' enjoyment of the book in any appreciable way, and the dual point-of-view presentation gives substantial insight into Starling and Black Canary's personalities and feelings. With another cool cliffhanger and the mystery of Batgirl's absence from the last shot, I'll be back in a month for sure. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 28, 2011

    The good news is Batgirl works well here, especially with Black Canary. It's good to see the Babs/Dinah team back together. Now if we can just figure out a way to get Zinda Blake and the Huntress to replace Poison Ivy and Katana we might, might have something. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

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