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VINE VOICEon 25 September 2013
Although I love my Kindle Fire I've been very hesitant about using it to read graphic novels. Frankly I shouldn't have been! The artwork in HD quality really enhances the experience. The Kindle Fire also has a facility which allows you to view the page in its entirety whilst also highlighting and bringing to the fore the pane you are reading which I thought was really clever!

I'm generally drawn to Graphic Novels with strong female protagonist and was really happy when DC issued `The New 52' as a way of giving readers a start point when this is a market that seems, on occasion, to be impenetrable. This is the second volume of the new Birds of Prey stories buy you don't really need to have read the first volume to understand what's happening.

I thought the fist Birds of Prey volume was one of the best of DC's New 52 range but this volume was an utter disappointment. All sense of the character development was gone and there was a complete lack of cohesion between the group and the stories, although the artwork remains fantastic. I am beginning to think that Batgirl is too much of a presence in her own right to be in this group and her being there only detracts from Black Canary as the Leadership figure.

I'll return to read Volume 3 but that's only because I loved the first book so much.
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The story running through issues #8-12 of the New 52’s Birds of Prey title is collected, along with issue #0, as Birds of Prey Volume 2: Your Kiss Might Kill TP (Birds of Prey (DC Comics)). This is another competently written and illustrated collection, but somehow lacking something. The stories are OK, but they are just ‘adventures’ featuring costumed characters, with very little character development, even though only Batgirl out of the team has her own title. You’d think that the Black Canary would have more than the odd few panels every so often for ‘personal’ stuff. It is a pleasant read, but nothing special.


Issue #8 - “A Far Cry” - opens “three days ago” as a Government operative studies a murder scene and concludes that the Black Canary’s sonic scream was the murder weapon. He phones it in and calls for her to be “burnt”. Then it is three days later at the same crime scene, and a team of powered assassins are trying to capture the Black Canary, who is accompanied by the Birds. Apparently she murdered her husband…

Issue #9 - “Gangland Style” - opens in the middle of a fight with a Talon of the Court of Owls, who has targeted the Birds for some reason. There is a running battle, before Batgirl arrives and leads the fight to the railway station, where they look for a refrigerated railwagon…

Issue #10 - “Heat Seekers” - opens with the team in a helicopter flying over the Colombian jungle, with the frozen body of Poison Ivy in a box. The helicopter is shot down and the team and pilot find themselves in the jungle… along with a helicopter load of liquid cocaine. A giant vegetable monster then attacks them, and they are chased through the jungle, towards their destination, a secret laboratory of Ivy’s…

Issue #11 - “Tangled Up Inside” - opens in Dubai where Ivy crashes a corporate headquarters board-meeting of a fracking company. Flasback to the Amazon, where plant monsters are pursuing the Birds through the secret base they entered last issue. Ivy reveals that it belongs to a secret group that helped her by giving her a new suit that channels her powers, but at a cost - she is dying. The team have also been poisoned by the plant monsters, and they have six-months to live. Ivy will give them the antidote if they spend the six-months helping her crusade against corporate polluters and the like. Back to Dubai, and the Birds are reluctant allies…

Issue #12 - “Heartbreak and Vine” - opens with the Birds in the middle of an eco-terrorist attack in Dubai, where they are the terrorists, thanks to Ivy poisoning them. After a blazing row, the team attack a drilling platform. Back in Gotham, in Ivy’s secret lab, emotions reach boiling point, and the team turns on Ivy, regardless of the consequences…

Issue #0 - “First Flight” - opens “one year ago”, with the Black Canary breaking into the Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge to get herself hired as a henchperson, where she meets Starling, one of her new colleagues. She is there as a former spy-type, and is on the trail of stolen technology that is being carried by a customer. Unfortunately, batgirl is also after the same target, and crashes the party. Team up!

We later discover that Starling is working for Amanda Waller, and that Dinah’s dead husband is in a vat in Amanda’s lab.
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on 4 November 2015
I expected the drama to ramp up a lot here since volume one was quite slow-paced but opened up a lot of questions (who is the real Choke? What happened to Dinah's husband? What's Starling's backstory? Why is Ivy helping them instead of killing them? Why does Dinah even need Ivy for this mission?) that I thought that Vol 2 would be all explanations, action and excitement. But the Choke thing is just left hanging from the last volume, and (maybe because the plot is not revealed chronologically) it seems as if the issues are all disconnected somehow, and don't really stick together to form a good story. We go from Dinah killing her husband, to a fight with a Talon from the Court of Owls (not sure why they are targetting the Birds, perhaps because they are after Batgirl?). Then the plot follows the Birds being betrayed by Ivy and having to perform eco-terrorism acts for her. We get filled in on how Starling met Dinah, and then find out that Dinah's husband is in suspended animation in a lab. Again it has a lot of nice elements to make a good story but didn't hold my interest since the pacing is too slow and there is too much filler. The pencilling is great, as in the last volume, but I just wish that the story was more meaty.
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on 12 October 2013
I have to say I really enjoyed this. The art was great, and I'm really warming to the story and the conflicts between the characters. The more I read, the more I'm enjoying the new 52.
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on 7 June 2013
Worth a second look. Can see what its trying to do, but needs to lose the sense of the riduculous
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on 6 November 2015
Awesome lineup and story. ☺ get more soon
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on 24 June 2016
Great and arrived in good time.
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on 12 February 2015
bought as a gift
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