Written by Duane Swierczynski, Art & Cover by Jesus Saiz
Solicitation Info (from Previews): 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).
Bias: I honestly haven’t cared about any of the previous incarnations of Birds of Prey (I collected the last one because Hawk & Dove were in it, but they were more of an after-thought in that book, and I wasn’t impressed with it for the most part.) Still, while many of the characters are the same, Oracle will no longer be in the book (for obvious reasons – namely, she’s not Oracle anymore) and there’s a new writer on the book. And yet, I’m skeptical.
What I liked: The bad guys were interesting, and I liked the conspiracy tone set by the story. At first, I was annoyed that Starling was just a new character, but she won me over in the end – she was an interesting and likeable character.
What I disliked: I didn’t like the portrayal of the guest appearance, and some of the details contradicted. Mostly, the title was simply “meh.” It wasn’t out and out bad, but it wasn’t terribly exciting either, and combined with a few things that really did annoy me, and I just didn’t care for the title very much.
Verdict: I’m dropping this title.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.