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Birds of Prey, Volume 1: End Run (Birds of Prey, Volume II #1)

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Soaring out of Brightest Day, the Birds of Prey are back!
Oracle, Black Canary, Huntress and Lady Blackhawk all return to Gotham City, where they belong - and they've brought a couple of new friends (or are they foes?) along with them.
The Birds of Prey are forced to ally themselves with the worst of Gotham City's mega-criminals while they struggle to save his life from the
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by DC Comics
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Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

You know that stereotype that all comic books/graphic novels are is just soft-core porn? A bunch of scantily-clad women in suggestive poses?

Yeah, this book doesn't defy that stereotype one bit. The characters are great, from Black Canary to Blackhawk to Huntress to Oracle to Dove, each unique and special in her own way (or in Hawk's case, his own way). They are unique women, different and outstanding and defying stereotypical feminine stereotypes (meek, timid, shy - only Dove is so
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Krishna *is a savvy evil overlord*
CAUTION: This book is not meant to be taken seriously. At least, I don't think it is. It's pretty much laughing at itself as it goes. Either that, or it falls into the category of pompous books that think cheese is wine.

So the White Canary is back and mysteriously gets hold of everybody's data. By that, I mean she knows what brand of toothpaste Bruce Wayne uses on Tuesdays.

Well, it's not so mysterious how she got it. She tortured poor Savant into giving it and I guess Creote was just watching fr
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Finn
Jun 13, 2011 Finn rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I can sum up this re-launch of the BoP series in three words: DAMN IT, BENES! Gail Simone isn't in her top form here, but I'd rather read average Simone than anything by most other writers in comics today. Sadly, Ed Benes' art just torpedoes the entire trade. There's page after page of his over-sexualized, nearly-identical women with as many gratuitous butt-shots as he can manage. The art totally undermines Simone's portrayal of the Birds as strong, competent women with vibrant personalities. Si ...more
Sesana
Jul 10, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
This was my first real exposure to Birds of Prey. Boy, was that ever a mistake. For the most part, I felt lost. So much backstory goes into this plot that I spend more than half the time going, "Wait, when did that happen?" It seemed fairly well-written, and I think it's true to the characters as I understand them from other books. The art itself is pretty unremarkable. I picked it up because the cover billed it as tying into Brightest Day. Um, it doesn't. But the good thing about that is that i ...more
Miss
Apr 25, 2014 Miss rated it it was ok
guys! did you know dc has this character named zinda who's a wwii fighter pilot who somehow ended up in the present day? all i want is for christmas is a dc/marvel crossover where she hangs out with captain america, like just give me that and we're golden

(i don't actually celebrate christmas but that's no reason to get in the way of a good sentence)

anyways i think i'm going to have to peace out of dc comics now. this volume pretty much maxed out my tolerance for the male gaze, if i never see ano
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Alan
Nov 12, 2012 Alan rated it liked it
Gail Simone, and the title, returned after a bief hiatus, and it almost seems as if Simone felt that she had a mandate to ramp up the action scenes and to leave behind the personal interaction that highlights her best writing.

Yes, the action goes at the pace of Quentin Taratino, and much of it, until the final two chapters, feels and seems senseless. Story wise things pick up a little bit with the TPBs last couple of chapters.

Because we begin to get the character work at which Simone is so good.
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Sarah
Nov 09, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
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Angela
May 30, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
You forget how good a writer Gail Simone is, and then you read the latest Birds of Prey. There are character moments, twists, shocks and emotional involvements in this volume. Birds of Prey is back, as good as it ever was.
Artemis
This comic has quite a few glaring flaws - in its artistic freedom and story department - which I'm sure have nothing to do with me not having read any other 'Birds of Prey' works beforehand. But by the screaming canaries was the volume a lot of fun to read. Fast-paced action, great characters who’re each given panel time - and for some even whole chapters - to develop, a dark tone, and progressions and twists to the plot that are well balanced and flow evenly.

As it turns out, Gail Simone can wr
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Morv
Apr 14, 2014 Morv rated it liked it
Shelves: comic
I have never read Birds of Prey from DC comics before, but I found myself loving Black Canary and after a bit of research I decided that I should try reading a comic involving a team that she is involved in, considering that it would also introduce me to other characters in the DC comics world.

The volume is essentially forcing the team to pair up with an enemy of Gotham City, given that all their lives are at stake here, and they need to make a choice, give themselves up or have their darkest se
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Gavin
Mar 16, 2013 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
It was a fun read, like seeing women characters who aren't just dumb T&A... However, there was enough to make them seem easily defeated...Oracle made to look silly, and the costumes so overly sexual, nearly an insult. I'm not sure that all the hugs and tears were realistic or overdoing it a tad...but the writer is a woman...were it a man I'd say it was just mockery.
Good characters, though I was more interested in Hawk being back from the dead and all...also how his dynamic is with the 'new'
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Imogen
Jul 06, 2014 Imogen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 21
When the New 52 started, I looked at the options and an all-female superhero group had me interested so I picked up Birds of Prey. My brother then gifted me these old runs so I could read the history and I was excited.
I've been watching Gotham so I liked seeing some grown-up Penguin and I love Oracle as a character. It's so nice to see disabled representation. I had a review that I had written just after I finished it all written out, but it got accidentally deleted and I honest to gosh can't re
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Ariel Marie
Jul 21, 2012 Ariel Marie marked it as to-read
I have to decide what to read first: Batwoman, Batgirl or this volume of Birds of Prey.

I wasn't able to finish picking this up single issue wise even though I was madly in love with the series and Gail Simone in general. Maybe it'll be a nice addition to my collection. The problem is I'm looking for something to read on my Nook. I can live with the first two options being a digital format, but this is hands down a favorite series of mine. I want to hold it, touch it and hug it.
Barbara
Gail Simone is a terrific comics writer, and here she gets to work with a litany of great female superheroes, including Zinda Blake/Lady Blackhawk (the funniest one of the group), Barbara Gordon/Oracle. Helena Bertinelli/Huntress, and Dinah Lance/Black Canary. The group is forced to infiltrate a mafia-like organization being helmed by the Joker as they adjust to new living quarters i Platinum Flats, and later they're forced to protect one of Gotham's worst criminals as they try to avoid a greate ...more
Amanda T
Feb 17, 2017 Amanda T rated it liked it
I must say, I prefer Barbara Gordon as Oracle. Here, she's taken over the Bat Cave (as something has happened to Batman) and it's hinted at that Batman has been gone a while. What she does to get herself out of trouble is great.

I also prefer Huntress as Helena Bertinelli instead of the lovechild of Batman and Catwoman. She's a lot of fun in this collection.

Like the new 52 Birds of Prey, Black Canary comes off as the difficult one in the group. I'm not sure if this common for the character or ju
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Christa  Seeley
This review originally posted at More Than Just Magic

Background

I can’t remember where I first heard of The Birds of Prey but I do know as soon as I learned that it had a female writer and was a superhero teams made up almost entirely of kick ass girls, I had to have it. The Birds of Prey team was first convened in 1996 by Chuck Dixon and it is part of the Batman universe. But I think it was under Gail Simone that the team really took off. This particular comic series – End Run – is part of the s
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Garrett
Oct 13, 2012 Garrett rated it really liked it
I just finished reading Birds of Prey: End Run written by Gail Simone with art by Ed Benes and Adriana Melo. Without a doubt, one of the finest Bat-spinoff books, this reboot of the series Birds of Prey is the finest work I've seen on this series to date.

Essentially a superhero team of hot chicks dressed like strippers, the light cheesecake art is gorgeous and crisp. Some of the covers (by artist Alina Urusov) are stunning in their depth and realism. That being said, comics with hot chicks runni
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Levi
Dec 02, 2016 Levi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In my current survey of the works of Gail Simone, I'm beginning to wonder if I just got a bad sampling of her work. The last thing of hers that I read, "Secret Six: Six Degrees of Devastation", was stomach-churning, but passably humorous in some parts. I at least understood why it appeals to the feminist quarter of the DC Comics fandom.

This collection, however, was absolutely craptastic. There was no subtly whatsoever in the whole plot. It was a huge, cataclysmic bore from start to finish, feeli
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Craig
Apr 15, 2015 Craig rated it really liked it
This isn't the best of the Birds that Simone wrote or that Benes drew, but it's still a pretty fine comic. It's the first of a rebooted sequence, and the girls seem a little unsure about some of their chronology. (I know I was confused.) Once things start happening and Dinah gets her game on I stopped worrying about it and just went with the story. Zinda Blake, Lady Blackhawk, has joined Oracle, Huntress, and Canary, and is a delightful addition to the crew. Hawk and Dove are there, too, with le ...more
Natalie
Sep 20, 2014 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, 2014, 2016
This is the 2nd time I've read this book.
I still think Gail Simone's storytelling is solid, though perhaps not her best Birds of Prey story, but the problem is Ed Benes.

I re-read this after reading the entire run of Birds of Prey (pre- New 52). After seeing many volumes of Benes' overly buxom art and Playboy-esque poses in Simone's run, I'm shaking my head. He really is living out his hormonal teenage fantasies on the page. It's not that he is without talent - his art has evolved in complexity
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Ondra Král
Fu... nevzdal jsem to, vydržel jsem a dočetl to! Achievement unlocked!
Uznávám, že tohle není objektivní hodnocení. Od různých komiksáků slýchávám, jak se Gail Simone super a tak jsem v místní knihovně sáhnul po Birds of Prey vol 1. Jenže ouha, on to není začátek, ale jen přečíslování a postavy si nesou svoje bebíčka z předchozích dílů.
Hlavní problém je v tom, že prostě nečtu DC. V tomhle komiksu pobíhá banda holek, který vypadaj jako by odešly z castingu na porno, a něco řeší. A já je vůbec nezn
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Robert Wright
Jul 31, 2012 Robert Wright rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
Gail Simone is a solid writer. Birds of Prey is her signature series, but this is not her best run on it. Enjoyable stories, but other than some fun moments with the Hawk & Dove characters, this never really takes off beyond that.

If you're looking for some really good books from this writer, try the earlier run of this series. (Confusing, I know. This is "Volume 1" of this iteration of the series; there are other collections for the previous, original run.) Also, check out the overlooked The
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Steven
Jun 12, 2011 Steven rated it did not like it
I loved this series from its start and many of the characters became favorites (though never Huntress).

I picked this up at the library on a whim, having liked much of what I've read of Simone's work in the past.

This was a big WTF train wreck too reliant on too many unexplained and hanging plot threads, an abundance of sloppy and clumsy characterizations that didn't fit what I'd remembered of the characters, and a wafer-thin plot that was as full of holes as some of the laughable costumes.

Sad
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Cale
Apr 30, 2013 Cale rated it liked it
It's not the best of the Birds of Prey run; the presence of Hawk & Dove don't really add much to the dynamics, but Black Canary and Huntress and Zinda all are on their stride. The villain, White Canary, is a callback to a previous series, but she doesn't stand out as a prominent antagonist. The art is a bit on the cheesecake side, but the saturated colors are beautiful. The relationships between Huntress and Oracle and Black Canary are pretty strong, although Oracle doesn't have nearly enoug ...more
Renata
Jan 22, 2013 Renata rated it liked it
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this given that I have no idea who any of these characters are. I guess at this point I've read enough comics to not bat an eyelash when a character is described as a "WWII pilot misplaced in time." Like, sure, of course. Anyway there were a lot of references to character backstory/motivation that I did not understand at all, but basically the message I got was: do not fuck with these ladiez. And I won't, I swear. Basically a really smart, fun bunch of ladie ...more
Claire
Jun 13, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Wow, this story comes out charging and doesn't let up.

It's volume 1 but there's back story that ties all the way back to a previous run of Birds of Prey. Those volumes are well worth reading and give End Run a lot more emotional heft. Start with Birds of Prey Vol. 3: Of Like Minds also written by Gail Simone.

So great to have our main trio back (Oracle, Black Canary, The Huntress) with Simone writing.
Sarah
Aug 12, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Simone picks up where she left off when moved off the Birds of Prey back in the day. She completes Canary's journey as a potential heartless assassin, and gives Huntress possibly the greatest moment I've ever read in a superhero comic. Babs doesn't get as much to do, and the intrusion of Brightest Day antics doesn't help the story, but Lady Shiva's still hanging around, so all is right with the world.
Drucilla
Feb 05, 2015 Drucilla rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I didn't really know anything about the Birds of Prey before reading this and the book does a good job of introducing without overwhelming. There were a few aspects of the plot that seemed too backstory heavy to be in a volume 1, but maybe that's just because I didn't know their history. As for the art, I wasn't a fan. It was a little too sexualized for a comic about powerful, kickass women. Looking forward to more, though.
Hanka
Aug 09, 2016 Hanka rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Četla jsem to asi 14 dní, protože mě to fakt moc nebavilo. Moc nečtu DC, což je asi největší problém, protože jsem nějak nevěděla co se stalo předtím a nějak jsem si to neužila. Ale to neznamená, že ten příběh nemohl být lépe podán. Mohlo být aspoň vysvětlení, co se stalo předtím aspoň nějaký souhrn. Další problém jsem měla s kresbou, která se mi vůbec nelíbila. Působila moc uměle a nehodila se mi to k tomu příběhu.
A čeká tu na mě ještě pokračování... tak jsem zvědavá. :D
Chris
Mar 14, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
I was really excited for the return of both Gail Simone and Black Canary to the Birds of Prey title. Tony Bedard's run had been olykay but on a shadow of the amazing high standards set by Simone and Dixon.
Unfortunately, there was a distinct lack of an improvement with the relaunch. The stories don't actually lead anywhere new and it feels like this could be any other superhero book.
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Gail Simone is a comic book writer well-known for her work on Birds of Prey (DC), Wonder Woman (DC), and Deadpool (Marvel), among others, and has also written humorous and critical commentary on comics and the comics industry such as the original "Women in Refrigerators" website and a regular column called "You'll All Be Sorry".
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