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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 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.Read more ›
"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?Read more ›
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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OK, so i got in the series with a couple of pre new 52 books and the 5th novel of the new 52
this by no means is bad...but the team seems...dysfunctional... Read more
Overall, really enjoyed this volume, with the introduction of the character dynamics and solid storylines. It was a great way to start Birds of Prey in the New 52 verse. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bri
The story for this comic book is pretty good and keeps the reader intrigued. There is some character development and the villain is pretty good. Read morePublished 15 months ago by harald hanssen
The art to me in this volume was terrible. I'm definitely not a fan of Jesus Saiz's work. It has no definition. No Detail. Read morePublished 15 months ago by leofiregod
I've never read any of the Birds of Prey comics before but had always been intrigued by them, so this was a nice introduction to them. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer