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Birds of Prey Vol. 1: Trouble in Mind (The New 52) (Birds of Prey (Graphic Novels)) Paperback – September 18, 2012

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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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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: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I am, in general, a pretty big fan of The Birds of Prey. I love my female super-villains and heroines and Birds is a great line up. I have read a lot of the older arcs but I am truly enjoying a lot of the New 52 arcs.

Starling is new in the DC game and I'm really digging her character so far. This is the first volumes you will find her in, she was created by writer Duane Swierczynski. I find her fascinating in both design and unfolding characteristics, such as her apparent religious views. I am curious to see how those views will play out as this story unfolds.

Poison Ivy, well, let's just say she is my favorite DC character that has ever existed. So I may be a bit biased when it comes to her, though I am not loving the New 52 bodysuit. I truly hope that they will build onto her character more in this story because she felt a bit flat.

Black Canary, another favorite character of mine. I think Swierczynski has done a good job with her character but has left some unanswered questions, which hopefully have been addressed in subsequent volumes. Then add in Batgirl. BAM. Great team! On the flip side, I find Katana interesting but found her story to be rather uninteresting so far.

Onto Choke, the villain that these ladies have teamed up to fight. He's certainly an intense villain with his ability to control minds through implanted rhymes. With a cast featuring anti-heroines/villains, things are action packed and the girls don't always play by the rules. It is absolutely a great read from the New 52 line up!

I actually have not read the subsequent volumes yet but they're already on my shelf at home- so SOON! I will likely update this review after I read a few more trade volumes.
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