Monday, September 23, 2013

Review: Birds of Prey, Volume 2: Your Kiss Might Kill by Duane Swierczynski

Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: Purchased
Author Links: Goodreads

Black Canary, Starling, Poison Ivy and Batgirl. Together, as Gotham City's covert ops team, they're taking down the villains other heroes can't touch. They are the Birds of Prey. The Birds face a multitude of threats from outside and in! A dangerous new villains threatens to expose Black Canary's dark secret, and the Court of Owls sets its sight on everyone in Gotham for a "Night of the Owls" tie-in. Plus, the girls bring a gravely injured POISON IVY to the Amazon hoping to help rejuvenate her, but they're going to need her help more to stay alive!

If you're looking for a comic with a female dominated cast, then Birds of Prey is the obvious choice when trolling through DC's New 52 lineup. I had high expectations for this one after reading the first volume, Birds of Prey: Trouble in Mind
Did this volume live up to those expectations?
No. Not really.
But it wasn't awful, and I've recently come to appreciate that when dealing with DC's reboot effort.

Black Canary has gathered a group of kick-ass ladies together to fight evil and injustice. Now for some reason she thought it would be a good idea to add Poison Ivy to the team. Hmmm. Right off the bat you have to question her leadership skills. Or at the very least, you have to question her ability to get a good read on someone's personality. 
Darling, I've invited our new neighbor Charlie Manson over for brunch. He said he'd like to introduce us to the rest of his family...
And yet, having Ivy on the team is probably the coolest thing that this team has going for it. 'Cause lets face it, Black Canary is one of the dullest A-listers out there. In fact, the only time I've ever been interested in her is when she's paired with Green Arrow. It's like two semi-boring superheros squished together can somehow make one cool superhero. I'm thinking they need to re-introduce these guys to each other again as quickly as possible. And if you've had the misfortune to read the new Green Arrow title, I'm sure you'll agree with me.
Starling is probably the next best thing to Ivy on this team, and since she's a new character in the DC universe there's some interesting potential for her. She's not good, she's not evil, and she like to make things go BOOM!
I like her.
As far as Katana goes? 
Not so much. She just comes off as weird. I suppose anyone would seem that way if they owned a soul-sucking sword that also housed their husband's spirit, but still... 
I mean, you never see her face in that dorky costume, and she always whispering something to her dead hubby.
Barbara Gordon is awesome, but this isn't her comic, and part of what makes her work as the revamped Batgirl is Gail Simone's writing. And she's not writing this. So basically you just have Batgirl popping in and out of the action, but not really an official member of the team. 
Man, I miss her being Oracle! 

Lately no title is complete in DC until they are part of the Court of Owls crossover, and that goes for this volume of Birds of Prey. Batman makes his obligatory appearance, chastises Canary for being idiotic enough to trust Ivy, and then scurries off into the night.
Whoops! Excuse me. We all know that Batman does not scurry. He quietly melts into the shadows. 
Ivy, of course, does what she does best, and...well, that's a spoiler, so never mind.
There is a bit of resolution to the accusation that Canary murdered her husband, but it sort of got glossed over between Poison Ivy's hi-jinks and the crossover stuff. I would have liked to have had more details, but maybe that's going to come to light in the next volume.

In the end, I'd say this was entertaining enough for me to continue with this title, even though I wasn't blown away by it. 


Pamela Brittany said...

Ooooh, I love Poison Ivy. I haven't read Birds of Prey (i took years and years off of comics, but I'm aware of the basics) I'll have to keep an eye out at Granite State comic con


Keep an eye out for Batgirl while you're there! So far it's been one of the better titles in the reboot!

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