I mean, you never see her face in that dorky costume, and she always whispering something to her dead hubby. Barbara Gordon is awesome, but this isn't her comic, and part of what makes her work as the revamped Batgirl is Gail Simone's writing. And she's not writing this. So basically you just have Batgirl popping in and out of the action, but not really an official member of the team.
Man, I miss her being Oracle! Lately no title is complete in DC until they are part of the Court of Owls crossover, and that goes for this volume of Birds of Prey. Batman makes his obligatory appearance, chastises Canary for being idiotic enough to trust Ivy, and then scurries off into the night. Excuse me. We all know that Batman does not scurry. He quietly melts into the shadows.
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Ivy, of course, does what she does best, and There is a bit of resolution to the accusation that Canary murdered her husband, but it sort of got glossed over between Poison Ivy's hi-jinks and the crossover stuff. I would have liked to have had more details, but maybe that's going to come to light in the next volume.
In the end, I'd say this was entertaining enough for me to continue with this title, even though I wasn't blown away by it. This was OK, maybe even 3-stars worth of spandex-clad action, but there were three glaring problems that brought the fun skidding to a halt for me: -- The Newfueled "Dinah's dangerous backstory" with some crime she is accused of, and now admits to, and may not have happened or he's getting fixed up by Amanda Waller where does she find the time to run all these secret projects?
Frankly, I liked the previous, nearly villainous, non-svelte Amanda Waller better. C'mon, DC, it's like you're making this stuff UP! Y'all keep yammering on about not trusting Ivy, yet you let her get away with so-o-o-o much Well, better luck next volume. Maybe all will be better after "Rebirth".
I really enjoyed the first collection of the new Birds of Prey, so it is with mixed feelings that I report that Volume 2 leaves much to be desired. Between the jerky plot jumps and the ill-conceived Poison Ivy arc, the issues in this volume never really get down to business. But before I can get into the details, we have to go back to the end of Volume 1. In my review of Trouble in Mind, I noted that by the end of the collection, they had only really gotten one layer off the onion-like mystery that was the first story arc.
Evidently, I was the only one who liked that. No time is given to the old plot and there is literally no resolution to be found anywhere in Volume 2. Oh well. On we soldier.
The backstory issue is promptly derailed by the intrusion of the Batman crossover, The Night of Owls. The crossover event is actually kind of interesting, involving an ancient society that has been controlling Gotham behind the scenes for centuries. Shades of Batman Begins aside, the story is worth checking out in general, but the Birds of Prey contribution to the crossover is dull.
The Birds end up fighting against one of the Talons, cryogenically preserved superhuman assassins from history.
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The conclusion of the crossover artificially sets up the next arc. Poison Ivy is critically injured during the fight with the Talon, and the team takes her to a remote island to regenerate. Other aspects of the book are stronger. Travel Foreman takes over for Jesus Saiz right after issue 8 in a pretty seamless transition.
Thematically, this collection of Birds of Prey is more simplistic than Volume 1. Poison Ivy in particular is much reduced by her poorly written Face-Heel Turn, which seems to strip all of the interesting subtext out of her character. In doing some research for this review, I came across a lot of complaints that the first arc of Birds of Prey had been poorly received by comic fans because it was paced too slowly.
I suspect Swierczynski was under pressure to make the comic move a little faster and had to sacrifice the strong character elements to do so. Volume 2 concludes with another Issue 0, detailing how Starling and the Black Canary met.
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If he had to write an Issue 0, anyway, the least Swierczynski could have done was tie those two elements together. The internet informs me that this stretch of issues is the start of an almost year long drought of good Birds of Prey stories. Both the upcoming arcs and those contained in Volume 2 are shorter and more necessary to the greater DC continuity than they are to the Birds themselves. I enjoyed the first volume enough that I think I'll get myself a copy to own. However, this mishmash of bad art and incoherent storytelling is not coming home from the comic store with me and I'm going to return my library copy asap so it doesn't give my other books bad ideas.
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Sep 13, Ivy rated it really liked it Shelves: villains , published-in , checked-out-from-library , superheroes. Very interesting. RIP Poison Ivy. Starling's working for Amanda Waller?! Black Canary's husband is alive?! Like always, the art come first. Jesus Saiz picks right up in this volume churning out the same horrendous art that he produced for volume 1.
Nothing about his art is appealing in the slightest. Travel Foreman picks up arts duties in the Night of the Owls crossover story. The art in that issue blows Saiz's art out of the water. Character faces look pretty decent and there is much more detail than in the art Saiz drew.
You can definitely tell the difference in the two artists. Foreman has some good looking lines, but stuff drawn by Green II looks like water was dropped on the lines when he drew them. Everything has this smudged look to it. Character faces even look like the lines were blurred. The final artist in this volume is Cliff Richards. He produces the best art in the series yet. I wouldn't put Richards in the top tier of artists at DC, but he's really close to being there. His art looks much superior when compared side by side with the other art in this book. It is too bad he wasn't around from day 1 of the title's relaunch.
I hate that DC shuffles their artists around so much. Too many of these New 52 books only have the same artist for an issue or 2. At least this series ended up with a better artist at the end of the musical chairs. Art only gets 3 stars because Richards doesn't have enough issues to make up for the subpar art at the beginning of the book. I enjoyed what Duane Swierczynski did in the first volume of this series and was dying to find out what happened after the cliffhanger on the last page of that book.
Unfortunately, the previous storyline seems all but forgotten when this volume opens up. It seems like the editors must have forced Duane to take the story in a different direction. That seems to happen at DC as often as artists being swapped around. There is just a loose thread dangling. Issue 8 is the first issue in this volume and it ends with another loose thread because issue 9 has a Night of the Owls crossover story shoe horned into the title.
As I have said before, I hate these company wide or in this case Batfamily wide crossovers. The Night of the Owls story didn't fit in any way, shape, or fashion with the stories that were being told in this book. At least, there was a smooth transition from the end of issue 9 into the next story arc that starts in issue The last few issues in this volume feel rushed and like pieces of the story are missing. What happens in 3 issues feels like it should have taken 6 issues to develop.
I don't think that everything that was wrong with the story in this volume is completely the author's fault, but that doesn't change the fact that there is a lot wrong with the story. Writing gets 3 stars. I really want to like this version of Birds of Prey, but the series has a lot of faults: the design for the Poison Ivy and Black Canary characters are the worst designs either character has ever had in their publication history, the story has too many loose ends, and the art doesn't have any consistency. I'll give this series one more volume to improve before I move along to something else.
As of now I really can't recommend this series to the average comic reader. ONLY pick this up if you're one of the world's biggest super fans of the author, one of the main characters, or God forbid, one of the artists. Aug 08, Michael Mai rated it it was ok. I like DC.
But I wish that their stories were actually good. I think Duane Swierczynski is a really great author. I expected that from Birds of Prey and was sorely disappointed. First things first, the chapters do not flow together nicely. I expect for there to be jumps from one scene to the next like most comics but I also expect to understand the jumps.