It is for this reason that I am reluctant to label this comic as "feminist" or "feminist-friendly". But still, the fanservice isn't too excessive, thank goodness, and it didn't distract me too much. It could have been a whole lot worse. I still liked all the characters in all their flawed and repentant glory.
The artwork may be off-putting in some places, but Gail Simone's character-writing and ability to up the stakes in an already intense storyline is impeccable. It can get cheesy, but it's a guilty-pleasure flavour of cheese; similar to 'The Expendables', only with a female cast and stronger emotional resonance and character development. I enjoyed this first outing into the 'Birds of Prey' world. Really, why isn't Hollywood making concrete plans to make a movie about these awesome ladies? They have the potential to be the next Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy. With the various announcements of female-driven superhero movies being made and released in the coming years finally!
As long as the movie's writer s can write women, of course. Final Score: 3.
View 1 comment. Jan 12, Danielle rated it it was ok Shelves: before-you-ask-yes-she-is , dc , comics. I hate that I'm kind of in a rut right now, because I want to love all of these heroine-led titles, but they just aren't clicking. I love the concept of Birds of Prey - I love all of the women in the group and I'm super interested in checking out their other titles. Here, however, it feels like everything is being thrown at the wall like something might stick.
Simone has spoken out against the oversexualization of female characters, but that's very prominent in the art here. I was also set off by I hate that I'm kind of in a rut right now, because I want to love all of these heroine-led titles, but they just aren't clicking. I was also set off by other plot points - like Oracle outing a character to another "for love," and Black Canary guessing that an unknown Asian character is either Asian Character 1 or Asian Character 2 Asian Character 1's mother. There's so much about this that makes it clear it's kind of early s-feminism - super basic and kind of problematic.
I'm hoping that titles featuring these characters improve in the future, but I'm kind of glad this run only has two volumes. Feb 03, The Lost Dreamer rated it it was ok Shelves: super-heroines. This book collects the first six issues of Gail Simone's run on Birds of Prey and I think I only actually enjoyed the two last ones. It's my fault, as I approached this series expecting some female-led heroism, forgetting that these stories target are usually males who only want to see hot chicks kicking asses in impossible ways.
Unfortunately, the plot doesn't help much: there are some good ideas, but they get far too many pages. Everything feels too long, to boring. I'll try to read some of th This book collects the first six issues of Gail Simone's run on Birds of Prey and I think I only actually enjoyed the two last ones. I'll try to read some of the next issues, expecting it might improve a little bit.
But I expected more. Some of Simone's best I was going to just read one issue and continue with it the next day I hope DC releases more of her Birds of Prey run in trades. Apr 14, Morv rated it liked it Shelves: comic. I have never read Birds of Prey from DC comics before, but I found myself loving Black Canary and after a bit of research I decided that I should try reading a comic involving a team that she is involved in, considering that it would also introduce me to other characters in the DC comics world.
The volume is essentially forcing the team to pair up with an enemy of Gotham City, given that all their lives are at stake here, and they need to make a choice, give themselves up or have their darkest se I have never read Birds of Prey from DC comics before, but I found myself loving Black Canary and after a bit of research I decided that I should try reading a comic involving a team that she is involved in, considering that it would also introduce me to other characters in the DC comics world.
The volume is essentially forcing the team to pair up with an enemy of Gotham City, given that all their lives are at stake here, and they need to make a choice, give themselves up or have their darkest secrets revealed to the whole world. If you are already a fan of the Birds of Prey, you would find this rather interesting, there is a few problems I was having with this volume though.
The main one is that I had no idea who these characters were at all, I had read up on Black Canary and yet the woman I was reading about in the comic seemed nothing like she was on the pages I found. To make it worse, although the costumes many of them are wearing, most notably Huntress and Black Canary, wouldn't be suitable for fight crime with but it's a comic world and it's not real so certain logistics can be taken away in that case, but it does become overly sexual later on, granted we learn why it is like that a few pages along, but it does beg the question - did we need to see that?
Does it add to the plot at all? Because I found it didn't, it didn't even add any humour to it either, it just came across as a bit of fan-fodder for people who want to see these woman in more of a sexual context. The plot doesn't seem to work out well, the main focus for the whole story is Black Canary rather than any other member of the team, which leads me to wonder why this couldn't have been a solo for Black Canary?
The other characters just seem to make the plot slow down, although there are moments when you do see that the character's all care for each other and will do anything to help each other out. It doesn't make me want to read the next volumes of the books, which is fine, since the relaunch is 52 and everything has changed, so it might be worth my time going to check them out instead. Here's hoping it will be better than this. Nov 12, Alan rated it liked it. Gail Simone, and the title, returned after a bief hiatus, and it almost seems as if Simone felt that she had a mandate to ramp up the action scenes and to leave behind the personal interaction that highlights her best writing.
Yes, the action goes at the pace of Quentin Taratino, and much of it, until the final two chapters, feels and seems senseless. Story wise things pick up a little bit with the TPBs last couple of chapters. Because we begin to get the character work at which Simone is so good. Creote and Savant return, possibly the best Gay duo ever written in mainstream U. Helena Bertinelli's mission statement seems to be, "This is my family damn it, and you do not f with them. This TPB does tie a couple of hanging loose ends. The primary one being Dinah's daughter.
Mar 16, Gavin rated it liked it Shelves: comics. However, there was enough to make them seem easily defeated Oracle made to look silly, and the costumes so overly sexual, nearly an insult. I'm not sure that all the hugs and tears were realistic or overdoing it a tad Good characters, though I was more interested in Hawk being back from the dead and all I suppose it was important not to have any major bat family involved as well Decent book.
I think there was only about another issues before everything ended for New Jul 06, Imogen rated it really liked it Shelves: When the New 52 started, I looked at the options and an all-female superhero group had me interested so I picked up Birds of Prey. My brother then gifted me these old runs so I could read the history and I was excited. It's so nice to see disabled representation. I had a review that I had written just after I finished it all written out, but it got accidentally deleted and I honest to gosh can't re When the New 52 started, I looked at the options and an all-female superhero group had me interested so I picked up Birds of Prey.
I had a review that I had written just after I finished it all written out, but it got accidentally deleted and I honest to gosh can't remember much about this book. I enjoyed it but it hasn't left much of an impression.
Sara lets Helena go. But I think it was under Gail Simone that the team really took off. Starling is tricked into attending the wrong meeting place, where she is shot at on sight by a group of mercenaries. You don't mess with the Birds of Prey! They have the potential to be the next Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy. Open Preview See a Problem?
Jul 21, Ariel Marie marked it as to-read. I have to decide what to read first: Batwoman, Batgirl or this volume of Birds of Prey. I wasn't able to finish picking this up single issue wise even though I was madly in love with the series and Gail Simone in general. Maybe it'll be a nice addition to my collection.
The problem is I'm looking for something to read on my Nook. I can live with the first two options being a digital format, but this is hands down a favorite series of mine. I want to hold it, touch it and hug it. Aug 12, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: comics. Simone picks up where she left off when moved off the Birds of Prey back in the day.
She completes Canary's journey as a potential heartless assassin, and gives Huntress possibly the greatest moment I've ever read in a superhero comic. Babs doesn't get as much to do, and the intrusion of Brightest Day antics doesn't help the story, but Lady Shiva's still hanging around, so all is right with the world.
You don't mess with the Birds of Prey! This was not the usual superhero team up we see on comics, but a family who watch each other's backs. With initial hiccups, the team learns to stay afloat and stick for one another through to the end. This volume introduced me to characters I have never heard of bef You don't mess with the Birds of Prey!
This volume introduced me to characters I have never heard of before. Babs, Huntress and Sarah Lance weren't new to me. The rest of the team were nice to know about. There were moments in the book when the pictures caught me off guard. It was when the Penguin was fantasizing about the Birds of Prey. The artwork was alluring. Cut to the last frame on the page, the only male member of the team, Hawk, breaks the fourth wall and says the most hilarious dialogue.
Or was it to the other character, Dove. I don't know. If the dialogue was directed to the read, then it was the highlight of this volume. The last page of the book left me with questions. Who was the guy with the "D" symbol on his torso? There were White Lantern symbols reflecting off from his irises. I look forward to reading the next volume. Feb 14, Barbara rated it liked it Shelves: drama , young-adult , heroine-junkie , graphic-novels , dc-comics.
The group is forced to infiltrate a mafia-like organization being helmed by the Joker as they adjust to new living quarters i Platinum Flats, and later they're forced to protect one of Gotham's worst criminals as they try to avoid a greater evil. The books is action-packed, obviously, but there's also room for conversations between these women and some character development, particularly with their younger members, Black Alice and Misfit who are dealing with controlling and mastering their powers as well as the typical high school horrors.
Ed Benes's artwork is top notch. Feb 17, Amanda T rated it liked it. I must say, I prefer Barbara Gordon as Oracle. Here, she's taken over the Bat Cave as something has happened to Batman and it's hinted at that Batman has been gone a while. What she does to get herself out of trouble is great. She's a lot of fun in this collection. Like the new 52 Birds of Prey, Black Canary comes off as the difficult one in the group.
I'm not sure if this common for the character or just it happens that the only two BofP comic collections I've read feature Black Canary being a royal pain. Which is unfortunate because she certainly wasn't this way in the "Young Justice" animated series.
May 01, Eli Seibert rated it really liked it Shelves: graphic-novels-comic-collections , batman-and-batfam. My only problem is the problem i tend to have with this title: you just can't feasibly fight criminals in those outfits. Like, they'd be freezing cold, stopping every three seconds because of wedgies, and it's just plain not safe. Batman gets full body armor but the birds get bikinis and capes? Nov 23, Joe rated it really liked it.
The art wasn't consistent. Story was great. Nov 01, Scott rated it it was ok. Would have been great were it not for the Penguin 'sequence' which arguably added nothing of value and the legalistic deus ex machima ending. At first I didn't like it as much as I was hoping to, but in the end it grew on me. Sep 28, Christa Seeley rated it really liked it Shelves: genre-superhero , manga-and-graphic-novel , own.
This collection consists of the Birds of Prey: Endrun and Birds of Prey: Two Nights in from July, to January, in the comic book series Birds of Prey Vol 2 . Birds of Prey (Volume 2) #1 (Endrun, Part One of Four: Without Breaking a. Soaring out of BRIGHTEST DAY, the Birds of Prey are back!In this volume, collecting the first six issues of their new series, The Birds of Prey are forced to ally.
The Birds of Prey team was first convened in by Chuck Dixon and it is part of the Batman universe. But I think it was under Gail Simone that the team really took off. This particular comic series — End Run — is part of the second era of the team, but it is still written by Simone. At this point the team is made up of the following characters — Oracle formerly Batgirl a. In this particular arc, the team is dispersed by Oracle is doing her best to reassemble them. They and some other Gotham residents are being threatened by new enemy. Characterization Gail Simone is a fantastic writer, and I think the main thing that makes her so fabulous is how well she writes her characters.
Each member of the team has a distinct personality and I loved the internal dialogue of Black Canary. In addition, I loved the friendship between her and Huntress. I do like that this is a disability positive comic though, and that she faced with real obstacles because of that. I could have done without both of them to be perfectly honest.
Artwork The artwork in this volume is a little peculiar. Because if the first one had carried on I probably would have stopped reading altogether. Well this series is very female positive. Strong female characters, dynamic relationships, no unnecessary boy drama. And then you throw in a kick ass character in a wheel chair and a male gay couple and I am cheering over how inclusive this series is.
But then you pair it was art like this and all that is for naught: Oh and I have I mentioned the obscene amount of panels taken up by ridiculous ass shots? But then there was an abrupt change in art. It made for a much more enjoyable and interesting read and totally saved the comic for me. Final Thoughts Despite my reservation about the art in the first half, I did really enjoy reading this collection and I will be picking up part two. I love the action and I love the way they work together. Mar 15, Bradley rated it liked it.
I heard Simone writes Birds of Prey well, and this is a neat rendition, there's just a lot to be desired. The villain is new to me.
I've had encounters with some of the characters before mostly canary and some I've never encountered. I do want to read more Birds of Prey, I just think this was a bad place to start. The comic is not disappointing. I enjoy this style of art and motion much more than Rebirth. We'll see where I go from here. On to the next! I will take recommendations. Oct 13, Garrett rated it really liked it. Without a doubt, one of the finest Bat-spinoff books, this reboot of the series Birds of Prey is the finest work I've seen on this series to date.
Essentially a superhero team of hot chicks dressed like strippers, the light cheesecake art is gorgeous and crisp. Some of the covers by artist Alina Urusov are stunning in their depth and realism. That being said, comics with hot chicks running around in sexy outfits are a dime a dozen and most of them suck. What sets Birds of Prey apart is the writing by Gail Simone. Having a woman write the female internal dialogue, especially an author as talented as Simone, leads to multi-dimensional characters and interactions that in lesser hands would fall flatter than Kiera Knightley's chest.
In End Run, the Birds are reunited after disbanding when all their secrets are threatened to be revealed by a mystery man or woman Kidnapped children. Globe-trotting adventures. Lots of leg and cleavage shots. Typical superhero stuff, but definitely a cut above. I'm also a tad biased as my favorite character, The Huntress, is a devout Catholic whose faith often dictates her actions. Not something you usually see in a comic. Nothing revolutionary here, but a vastly superior guilty pleasure.
Grade: A In my current survey of the works of Gail Simone, I'm beginning to wonder if I just got a bad sampling of her work. The last thing of hers that I read, "Secret Six: Six Degrees of Devastation", was stomach-churning, but passably humorous in some parts. I at least understood why it appeals to the feminist quarter of the DC Comics fandom. This collection, however, was absolutely craptastic. There was no subtly whatsoever in the whole plot. It was a huge, cataclysmic bore from start to finish, feeli In my current survey of the works of Gail Simone, I'm beginning to wonder if I just got a bad sampling of her work.
It was a huge, cataclysmic bore from start to finish, feeling like it would never end. One scene leaped to the next without any rhyme or reason whatsoever. The main selling point of this book, I imagine, was twofold: First, Gail Simone's name was on the cover. I understand that she's popular for a reason, but I have yet to unearth that reason.
Third, it heavily features scantily-clad, unrealistically proportioned women prancing about in poorly rendered action scenes. The actual plot of this book is monumentally confusing, warped, and ridiculous, the resolution as dissatisfying as the setup and as nonsensical as the execution. If it weren't such a thin book I doubt I would have taken the time to finish the darn thing at all. My quest to get a good taste of the works of this author has so far left my senses scalded by the flaming pile of manure that was "Birds of Prey: Endrun.
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