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Product Details

  • 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: 10.1 x 6.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 

About the Author

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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It was a real page-turner with a pretty decent mystery, and some good character development, and the promise of more of the above still to come.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Noel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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8 of 8 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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2 of 2 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 Michael P. Pontacolone on January 9, 2014
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Set aside all your preconceptions and get ready for hero story telling at it's best. The art and story hold up the best traditions of even the most picky fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 1, 2014
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I usually read Marvel series, but one thing DC does better, at least in the New 52, is female solo and team series. I really enjoy the Suicide Squad with Harley Quinn and I picked up Birds of Prey because it looked to be another edgy series. Happily, it gets off to a strong start.

Birds of Prey is not as violent as Suicide Squad – no eviscerations yet and a lower body count– but it does have a darker tone. These ladies are anti-heroes at best, and in the case of Poison Ivy, sometimes a villain. But, Ivy is a lot like Catwoman; she’s on the wrong side of the law but not a dyed in the wool villain so it makes sense for her to be here. I wasn't familiar with the rest of the team, or its leader Black Canary, before reading Birds, but you don't need to be. Each character gets an intro to set the stage.

What makes the series work is that the action, and there is plenty, is balanced by mystery. The Batman roots of this series are clearly evident, even beyond their member-at-large, Batgirl. These girls don’t just have to kick butt, they have to think, and I like that. The team faces an enemy who manipulates people with mind control, making them into bombs, spies or sleeper agents. When one of them is compromised, are any of them trustworthy?

Overall, this is a strong start for a series with a lot of potential. Each team member is distinct, in personality and skills, and I liked them all. I can't wait to see where it goes from here. Highly recommended!
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