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. His name is pronounced "sweer-ZIN-ski."
Birds of Prey Vol. 2: Your Kiss Might Kill (The New 52)by Duane Swierczynski, Travel Foreman, Jesus Saiz
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/i>
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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!
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The adventures of Black Canary's team of super-heroines continue in <i>Birds of Prey, Vol. 2: Your Kiss Might Kill</i> . The story takes off from shortly after the first book, during the “Court of Owls” story line that stretches across the Batman Family books. Like with <i>Batgirl: Vol.2</i> this graphic novel was more than just a little disjointed. It was a mish-mash of the main plot, a “Court of Owls” one-shot, and the issue #0 of the comic after the 2011 reboot that began the “New 52”. Unlike the second volume of the <i>Batgirl</i> comic, this did not detract from the enjoyment of the story at all. The writers did a far better job of integrating the various snippets into one coherent tale. The only problem I had was that the characters were out and out so incredibly stupid. They fell, hook, line and sinker for a trap by their “team mate” Poison Ivy, and then initially gave into her. Only when she went “too far” in her actions, and then proceeded to answer their objections by mocking them over their own pasts, did they truly grow a backbone. The Birds' stubbornness verging into stupidity and willingness to back down and allow Ivy to bully them, was very much out of character. That was the part I did not like. What I did like, other than the coherency of the story, was how some of the backgrounds and personalities of the characters were given a reason, post-reboot. The simple questions that one may have wondered about, but weren't important enough to ask, were answered. It may not be the most important thing for a comic to handle, but it was certainly nice. The background of the story also means the title may refer not just to the evil eco-terrorist Ivy, but to one of the heroes in her own tragic past. Not a big fan of how the characters were kind of made a bit weaker for this tale, but still enjoyed the story overall.
Birds of Prey Volume #2 continues the adventures of the all-female superhero team led by Black Canary, as the group struggles with both new enemies and personal demons in Gotham City and beyond. This trade, which captures Issues #8-12 and #0 of the now unfortunately discontinued New 52 Series, does two things very well in particular. First, the series never neglects the overall DC Universe or its characters' roles in this world. The "Birds'" adventures often have them cross paths with AAA DC characters and organizations like Batman and A.R.G.U.S. in unique stories. Swierczynski does an excellent job here, giving these awesome crossovers weight, while in the same instance, never overshadowing his leading ladies with guest stars. Second, "Birds" does a great job of fleshing out the motivations/thoughts/origins (Post-New 52) of iconic characters like Canary, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Katana, and new-comer Starling. This character exploration is a very welcome addition, as it can be argued (and often is by many fans) that many of these characters have not had a strong presence in the New 52 Universe. Great characters and crossovers, compelling character development and stories, and stunning art make this a must-have for fans not only of these awesome heroines, but of the New 52 DC Universe as well.
This book was REALLY good and the night of the owls tie-in makes sense in volume 3, the ending of this volume is CRAZY!