Posts Tagged ‘Birds of Prey’

The DC Gotham City Women Re-Launch

Monday, June 6th, 2011

With all the Batman hoopla, you’d come to expect some word on the ladies of Gotham City fame. DC’s blog confirmed that word not too long ago and here are the findings:

Batwoman #1 by J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder
No surprise here – probably just as fitting to launch in this time frame given all the delays it’s experienced.

Batgirl #1 by Gail Simone and artists Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
I’m not sure what to think of this. Bryan Miller has been writing some excellent Stephanie Brown arcs the last year or two. This may be a result of Batman’s plans to have Stephanie train in England. I don’t know. Still, Simone might just turn my opinion on this around.

Catwoman #1 written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Guillem March
Don’t love or hate Catwoman, but I’m a fan of Winick and I’m sure good work will come out of it.

Birds of Prey #1 written by Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz
The description of the book screams “Uncanny X-Force” if we’re taking the article at its word. Then again, comics have been copying off of each other for years, so who am I to judge.

CBF Quick Picks #52 : Batgirl #17

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Better late than never, Quick Picks is back with another week of comic book goodness. And DC seemed to be the one publisher that was a big part of that goodness.

Batgirl continues to be the little book that could. Bryan Q. Miller has such a knack for handling Stephanie Brown and her adventures. And he’s added another character to his repertoire that makes me want to see him to do a solo series – Damian. The plot is not one that will be remembered – it’s the interactions between Batgirl and Damian that makes the whole book. If you ever needed a jumping-on point to this series, I think this is one you can go for.

Birds of Prey #8 continues the “Death of Oracle” story arc in which Oracle is looking to move on to a new persona. But she and Batman-Batman (Batgirl’s words, not mine) first have to deal with more minions hired by the Calculator looking to take down the titular characters. I’ve been enjoying the Oracle/Calculator battles more and more (especially after reading the amazing Oracle mini-series from last year) and Gail Simone is adding her touch to the war with more good characterization of her birds.

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #6 gets things moving heading into the War of the Green Lanterns storyline in March. We finally learn what Guy Gardner’s pact is all about that is already starting to cause friction with some comrades. It doesn’t stop him in pursuing the villain controlling some of the Green Lanterns, which ends in an upcoming battle that may not bode well for the hot-headed Lantern.

CBF Quick Picks #32 : The Unwritten #16

Friday, August 13th, 2010
DC strikes again with a killer week for books. The mid-tier books give another strong showing in Batgirl, Birds of Prey, and Zatanna. And Peter Tomasi’s new run on Green Lantern Emerald Warriors is going to get interesting as we learn more about the pact between Guy Gardner, Ganthet, and Atrocitus.

On the Marvel side, I’m slowly losing interest in the mutants vs. vampires storyline in X-Men #2. Nothing new is being brought to the table like it is with American Vampire and if it doesn’t pick up next month, there will be shenanigans from me.

Thanos Imperative was VERY close to being the Quick Pick for a 3rd time, but I have to give it to The Unwritten because of what Mike Carey and Peter Gross are doing bringing this literature-heavy tale to life. Many answers are revealed and more questions brought about because of them – the whole conspiracy battle using stories as weapons is incredibly intriguing. If you’re not picking this up in single issue format, go get the two trades right now!

CBF Quick Picks #25 : E3 and Birds of Prey #2

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Light week for books, but not light on content. For video gamers like me, this was our week what with the E3 conference coming and going. The comic book video game content was pretty impressive too even with Arkham Asylum 2 a no-show this year. It’s a definite improvement when you consider the history of comic book games.

Despite the low amount of books, it was the Birds of Prey that stood out from the pack. Gail Simone has hit her stride these last two weeks with Secret Six taking the prize last week. She has a great affinity for these characters and takes them down really dark down paths and sees what they can make of them. Having a talented artist like Ed Benes certainly helps to express the dark mood too.

Enjoy the show and enjoy the game trailers!

CBF Quick Picks #20: DC Rules The Universe

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

There was too much going on in DC land to limit this to one or two books to Quick Picks this week. As much as Return of Bruce Wayne deserved a good amount of hype, I was thoroughly impressed by a bunch of DC offerings. DC is hot right now and I’m glad they’re continuing to build other franchises beyond the Batman and Green Lantern names.

This is not to say that Marvel didn’t have a good week too – just that DC did things one better. Marvel wrapped up Siege and officially began their march into Heroic Age. It was nice that they finally wrapped up all those threads, but my review here on iFanboy can give you some insight as to why I felt it could have done a whole lot more.

Enjoy the podcast!

CBF Quick Picks #5 – Manhunter

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

And we’re back and hopefully with better sound quality. Just in case you’re wondering, no, I did not die a slow death last week in those last couple of minutes of last week’s podcast.

I take things back to a book I talked about with Mike many podcasts go. This is the last volume in the series of stories on defense attorney Kate Spencer, which is a shame because it ended here on such a high note. Manhunter would go on to co-star in other series such as Birds of Prey, but this book will go down as one of the highlights in her very short career.

Plus it has a robotic dog – do I really need to convince you any more to get this book now?