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"The femme fatales of Gotham City get a nice introduction here along with a genuinely surprising final image that is well suited to the one-page format of the iPad."—The New York Times

"Duane Swierczynski inserts a load of suspense into his crime fiction, and he's bringing that as well as some good old-fashioned espionage to the sirens of Gotham City."—USA Today 

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Duane Swiercynzski is the author of several novels including the Edgar-nominated and Anthony Award-winning "Expiration Date," as well as "Fun & Games," out now from Mulholland Books. He also writes comics, and thrillers with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker.
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  • Series: Birds of Prey (Graphic Novels) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401236995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401236991
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MereChristian on February 10, 2013
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The Birds of Prey are a crime-fighting team in the DC Universe, that is made up of female super-heroes. Though this was an editorial decision for the team's titular comic book, it was never an exact goal of the characters to make it an "all-girl" team in the comics. It is merely how things keep turning out.

The reasoning for the "all-girl" construction of the team in the continuity of the post-Flashpoint "new 52" reboot of the the DC Universe, is one of absolute necessity. As Birds of Prey, Vol. 1: Trouble in Mind begins, Black Canary is seeking to use her abilities for good, and she is unable to go to many people given her status as an (I presume) falsely accused murderer. She must go to those she can trust, which happens to be her best female friends or contacts. Though we know she has male contacts she can trust, so this makes little sense in a way, but okay, sure.

The first member of her team we meet is a woman named Evelyn, or Ev, for short. Her code-name is Starling, and she is a brand new character created for this new series. Her attitude, actions, and comportment absolutely screams "military background". And she is probably nearly on par with Canary in terms of fighting skills.

The second member of the team is Katana, who is one of the foremost martial artists of the DC Universe, and a valuable member of the team. Of course, this value needs to be taken into account with the fact that she thinks her murdered husband's soul is trapped in her sword's blade and speaking to her....

The team is rounded out by eco-terrorist and mass-murderer Poison Ivy (whom, in an unbelievably stupid delusion, Canary thinks she can control somehow) and Batgirl Barbara Gordon.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 10, 2012
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Black Canary, EV Starling, Katana, Poison Ivy, and Batgirl join forces to defeat a villain, Choke, who controls people through nursery rhymes implanted in their heads. But it seems almost anyone can fall under the power of Choke's words... even the Birds of Prey.

"Trouble in Mind" has a lot of cool action, the characters have some nice dialogue, and the mystery of Choke was interesting, as were his murky goals. That "Birds of Prey" has killers on the squad adds a nice edge to the stories as more than one of them is likely to lose it and do something extreme and very un-heroic. The art is serviceable though Jesus Saiz made the strange choice of adding red on the tips of every character's nose making it seem like they all have colds.

The book was great fun but if you're new to "Birds of Prey" (like me), a lot of questions will pop up for you that won't go answered. And it's frustrating - this is supposed to be a reboot, why skip over some very basic questions to draw the reader in? I read another superhero team up in the "New 52" recently - "Suicide Squad" - and it was established pretty quickly that this odd collection of characters were forced to work together because of bombs implanted inside them - any disobedience and it's goodbye Chinatown. Reading "Birds of Prey" I didn't know why any of them would work together or why. Poison Ivy- really?

This is another example of the New 52 not being a reboot of the series but a continuation of a series already in progress, mislabelling this book as "Volume 1". Black Canary is wanted for murder - but we never see the murder nor is there an explanation. More importantly, why has Black Canary started this vigilante group in the first place? What are their goals and purpose?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 0hhjoy on March 11, 2013
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I am completely new to graphic novels/comics, and I wanted to start at the beginning of a new series. In really happy I chose this one! So good, and such an awesome female cast. Loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on August 5, 2013
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Birds of Prey has been one of my favorite comic books since Chuck Dixon first paired Oracle (Barbara Gordon, Batgirl) and Black Canary. I loved the repartee and the combination of brawn and brains that having Oracle guide Black Canary on her adventures brought to the stories. Then other costumed heroines were added and things got even more action packed.

With the shake up of the DC universe in the New 52 and Barbara Gordon's return to the cowl and her own series, I regretted the loss of the team and of writer Gail Simone. I've read Duane Swierczynski's crime novels and really enjoyed them but didn't know how he would do as the writer for the book. As it turns out, Swierczynski does a bang-up job all the way around.

The author loves intricately plotted stories that seems simple on the outset, but once you're into them, things change and shift rapidly. This first graphic novel introduces a really cool villain with some technology that will ping all the conspiracy theorists out there in the audience. Choke is one of those villains I'd like to see again, and since this graphic novel ends so ambiguously, I'm assuming we will again.

I feel kind of lost not knowing why Black Canary is suddenly wanted for murder. Seems like that story might have kicked things off for the series. And I don't know that I like the idea of her being a criminal, even though the original Black Canary was a thief/vigilante. I guess things will be cleared up as the series progresses.

I'm not quite sure what I think of Ev Starling, Swierczynski's addition to Birds. In some ways she doesn't really stand out enough from the rest of the team. I know she's supposed to be this big-time spy and everything, but I don't know much else about her or even why I should care.
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