Daily Archives: September 25, 2011

A New 52 Review: Birds of Prey #1

Birds of Prey #1
“Let Us Prey”
Writer: Duane Swierczynski
Artist/Cover artist: Jesus Saiz
Colors: Nei Ruffino
Letters: Carlos M. Mangual
Editor: Janelle Asselin
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US

When the Birds of Prey concept was first introduced at DC Comics, I was a fan. I bought all of the one-shots and limited series that preceded the first ongoing series, and I believe I have almost every issue of that title. When the title was relaunched under DC’s “Brightest Day” branding, I quickly lost interest as a result of some additions to the cast of characters. So when I approached this new incarnation of the book, I was neither vested in it nor disinterested. And after reading it, I feel neither vested in it nor disinterested. There’s still plenty of potential in the concept, even as it’s been tweaked here, and with art by Jesus Saiz, it’s quite a good-looking comic book as well. But Birds of Prey not only fails as a comic book designed to hook new and lapsed readers, it’s also inaccessible to people such as myself who are well versed in the characters. I was at a loss as to prominent plot points in this issue, and I couldn’t even tell if this was a continuation of the previous series or a soft reboot.

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