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52apolooza: Birds of Prey

A Bird of Prey is defined as a bird who likes to capture and eat rodents.  Will this apply in the DCnU?  Find out!

Welcome to 52apolooza, the Outhouse feature focusing on DC's September Relaunch.  All of DC's 52 titles will be reviewed by our pool of reviewers to point out the best and worst that DC's new comic book line has to offer.  To see how this book ranks among the other new DC titles, be sure to check out our 52apolooza Rankings!

Birds of Prey has long been considered a sleeper hit in DC's line.  With the recent revamp, will Birds of Prey soar to new heights?  Or will it crash into the ground like a one-winged jayhawk?   Read on and find out!

Grab Bag Reviewer: Jerry Steinhelper

From the very first one-shot back in '95, I knew Birds of Prey was a winner. For all but a few issues, the title was a must read. Gail Simone's recent run like so many before, top of the stack reading.

But this is a new Birds of Prey. As with all the New 52's, I have to remember that everything I remember can be wrong. I need to read the book with an open mind. Here's what happened...

Black Canary kicks ass.
Someone named Starling kicks ass.
Some guy the two of them rescue blows up.

birds1That's basically the issue. Sure there are a couple flashbacks that help to (incompletely) introduce the characters to us but overall the book is nothing but set-up for the series. I'm left wondering what kind of team the Birds of Prey are. We know Barbara Gordon turns down an invite to join but the cover implies Katana and Poison Ivy join at some time but for this issue it's just Canary and Starling (who strikes me as not much more than a weaker version of Lady Blackhawk from the old reality).

The writing overall is good (especially the action scenes) but there are gaps here and there that just confuse (the reporter that needs rescuing called the Birds for help yet his first reaction to them is anything but 'thanks') or annoy (how stupid can Dinah be to not know she was poisoned with her 'kiss').

The art however is just amazing. Jesus Saiz should be a household name.

Writing – 19/25
Art – 24/25
Accessibility – 15/25
Enjoyment – 18/25

Overall – 76/100

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