The GeeksverseBirds Of Prey #1

Birds Of Prey #1
Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 by

Written by: Duane Swierczynski
Art by: Jesus Saiz
Colored by: Nei Ruffino
Lettered by: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Art: Jesus Saiz w/ Nei Ruffino
Editor: Janelle Asselin

This issue is paced and laid out nicely. Jumping back and forth from the near past to the present a couple of times, but in a way thats easy to follow, gives the story a nice feel. Swierczynski (here after known as Duane) does a good job with the jump points between flashbacks and the present tying the points into the present with the use of establishing shots. Similar scenes appear in both times helping connect the two.

Duane uses the captions to good effect. We get inside the head of the Canary and get brought up to date, somewhat, but not in a way that detracts from the overall story. We also see the reporter’s field journal which gives a nice look at the new character, Starling, but keeps her mysterious as well.

The story moves fast. Duane handles the relaunch very well, one of the best ways of doing it so far. He straddles the line between “new reader friendly” and “need to know the past” and does it in a way that makes for a good read. There’s hints dropped about the past of the Birds of Prey, how Canary (when last saw her) is a wanted woman and he establishes that there might be a connection to Oracle but at the same time he gives us just enough, through the reporter, that we don’t have to have read any previous stories to get the idea of what the Birds are all about.

The ending is an interesting cliffhanger. The game within a game aspect of the plot is also intriguing. You feel bad for the reporter has he was being used by both sides.

The art by Saiz is very nice. Good layouts and technically sound. He draws some good looking woman without being overly cheesecake. The action flows smoothly.

Birds Of Prey #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

I was looking forward to the new Birds and this issue doesn’t disappoint.

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