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Gotham City Sirens: Book One

(Gotham City Sirens #1-2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,261 ratings  ·  151 reviews
This graphic novel features the bad girls of Gotham City! Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are tired of playing by other people's rules regardless of which side of the law they're on. These tough ladies have a new agenda that's all their own, and they'll use any means necessary to pursue it. But can they get along and work as a team? And who will get hurt along the wa ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by DC Comics
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(B+) 79% | Good
Notes: It’s about affinity, belonging and companionship; shining the brightest when tapping into its inner ensemble sitcom.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
In an effort to cut the crap like it's never been cut before, I'll jump straight to the fascinating moral of this Super Crappy Super Non-Review Crappy Non Review (SCSNRCNR™):

Gotham City is definitely not for me. Kick-Ass Villainous Chicks Only Cast (KAVCOC™) or not, I DO NOT like Gotham Silly City. I DO NOT like its OTT characters. I DO NOT like its silly super heroes. I DO NOT like its ridiculous super villains. I DO NOT like that all women in this story have the Pathetically Clichéd Thin Wais
There are two volumes in this collection and the first volume is the better story.

Friendship, roomies, kicking butt and some girl power are the fun ingredients for this story. The Riddler is on the straight and narrow, but will he be able to continue that.

Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are BFFs. They find a lair and live together. Harley is off the Joker and I must say, I like her so much when she isn't crazy for the Joker. She was entertaining in this caper. Poison Ivy was probably my f
Briar's Reviews
I have always been a big fan of Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Catwoman and the Riddler. So, lucky me, this book did not leave me disappointed! I am craving the next book in this series wildly - now I'll just have to find it.

This ensemble works well together and are quite amusing. Yes, there are some aspects of this book that I didn't like (*cough* their body types *cough*), but you get what you get with comic books. I don't like that Harley isn't very smart, but that seems to be her portrayal often
L. McCoy
So I wasn’t expecting anything really... but damn, this is actually really good.

What’s it about?
So Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn decide to live together and be good guys... more or less. This book is basically about the various messes and adventures involving each other that they end up in.

The story is surprisingly great. I kinda expected it to be a little silly and at times it is but it’s silly in a fun way, not an overly childish way.
The artwork is absolutely wonderful throughout!
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This was a fun read! I'm not the biggest DC reader so I'm always a little hesitant going in but this book does a great job of filling in the reader of what's occured in other books without sounding overly expositional.

The friendship of convenience that is formed between these women has a nice build to it. I buy their relationships and appreciate the nuance. They aren't besties for life but they aren't bitchy either. They understand and mostly respect each other. I love that I get to see
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good solid group of stories but nothing mind blowing. I would have enjoyed it more if I had been caught up on the Batman series. Some things have happened that I have not read yet. But it didn't take away from the stories. The stories are centered around Catwoman, Poison Ivy And Harley Quinn. With a villain thrown in for good measure. Over all I enjoyed reading the book, now on to book two.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics, favorites, 2018
Loved this! Really funny and just the right amount of serious. Can’t wait to continue the series.

Side note: I rented a library copy and some monster ripped out like half of the issue covers throughout the book so there are just pages missing here and there. It took me a while to realize it after the first page was ripped out. So that sucks.
May 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
HERE THERE BE SPOILERS, YAR! (Because I didn't want to check the stupid box, IS THAT OKAY WITH YOU? S'What I thought. :p)

More like 2.5 stars. I was enjoying myself pretty good for the whole volume, until that last issue. I was annoyed by the constant referencing of Hush which I've never read. But it wasn't so tied into the story that I couldn't figure out what was going on and it didn't really diminish my enjoyment -- so I was letting it slide. I also really liked the portrayal of Harley as
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Bad Girls Gone Good
First thing, this one's a long-un: it collects the first 12 issues of "Sirens", which means you'll see a few different artists and writers do their thing over the course of the compilation.
On the whole, I wasn't exactly smitten...though, at the same time, I wasn't entirely dismayed.

The titular (no! don't be lewd!) trio of rehabilitated (or...are they?) villainesses are charismatic enough, and given enough space to breathe to establish their own motivations, traits and weaknesses while at the sam
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
When DC come up with a good concept they can knock it out of the Park and they did that with this series of crime solving capers involving Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. The stories in this book were all enjoyable written by Paul Dini who I assume had his tongue firmly in his cheek. The main characters are strong as are the supporting villains who the sirens chase after and there is plenty of action and fun to go around. The character are consistent throughout the book as is the artwork ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A solid series. I mean, who doesn't want to see Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley become roommates? What could go wrong when you put three criminals together? Just their own villain, pissed off ex-employee (Ivy gets a new job), and crazy baby sister (Selina's sis, a former nun who's trying to cast the Cat demon out of her).

It's fun to see these women interact with each other and work together. It's even interesting to see the Riddler's guest appearance as a private detective. Still don't understa
Drown Hollum
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhero
This was pretty damn good! Paul Dini keeps the Gotham steam going after his Detective Comics run, and with Harley, Ivy and Selina, he's right at home, writing some of his best stories. There's some great characterization, and a lot of fun, episodic hi-jinks, featuring some creative cameos and a wonderful Riddler sub-plot. Guillem March is perfectly suited to this book, with consistent gorgeous covers, and buttery interiors, that make this comic an absolute pleasure to read. The only mis-step her ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, comics, dc
Other than the last two volumes, this was pretty solid. Just did not like the story of volumes 12 and 13 at all so this ended on kind of a negative note for me. However, I really enjoyed the dynamic of this trio and found their friendships really interesting. Some parts of the plot were a little dark for my liking though, but I guess that's to be expected as it's focused on villains. Dini always has very decent stories and the art by March was great. His covers were very seductive and befitting ...more
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
Yeah, I can't.

Lexxi Kitty
One of the main off-putting parts of this story, and while I ended up giving it only 3 stars, is how much Harley Quinn is depicted as a blond bimbo. Which is strange considering that isn't exactly how Paul Dini depicted her in his prior book staring Quinn. Um. Batman Adventures Mad Love or something like that.

Right. So. Catwoman, Harley Quinn. Poison Ivy. Three female criminals. Catwoman is weak from having her heart ripped out. And put back, I guess I should mention. Magically. Harley Quinn is
The Sapphic Nerd
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There's a lot of light fun in this book, but there are also sweet moments, serious moments, and even scary moments. The personality of each Siren adds something special to the group and their interactions with each other are interesting while giving insight to their characters. There's something refreshing and fascinating in seeing Selina doing dishes and indulging Harley's whims; watching Ivy interrogate Zatanna, concerned for Selina's health; and seeing Harley realize the Sirens are more like ...more
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! I have always loved Batman's villains far more than Batman himself. Poison Ivy and Catwoman are two of my favorites and it was a lot of fun reading this as they are alongside Harley for a litle trip of roommates and the shenanigans they get into. Hoping to pick up Book Two ASAP!
Sophie Bentley
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, graphic-novel
I missed comics, so decided to have a break from my usual novels and read one! The writing and art in this is amazing, honestly some of the best I’ve seen in a comic. Plus, I love my girls Harley, Pamela and Selina! It was a fun read
Shawna Hunter
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was fan-freaking-tastic! World building, character driven, great art work. It was so good that I'm barely furious that it ends on a cliff hanger.

The stories take place in an odd portion of the DC time line. Bruce Wayne has been replaced by a villain who stole his face (somehow), Nightwing is wearing the cowl, Riddler is a Private Investigator and Catwoman...well apparently she got torn up really bad and had to be surgically and magically rebuilt. She's left with shaken confidence after this
What can I say about this particular collection? I've always known the stories from this particular series, but I hadn't had the chance to read all of the issues. When my library had this book available to be checked out, I knew it was my time.

The continuity and care for these three women - Harley, Ivy and Selina - are probably what make this in my top favorite DC books/volumes. There is a lot of care that goes into acknowledging the damage, flaws and pitfalls of each woman's personality and pa
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Sometimes ridiculous, but always fun misadventures of the less honorable ladies of Gotham. This takes place after Final Crisis (view spoiler). Thankfully, Batman and Bruce get minimal page time in this volume and the Sirens shine. Negatives include lame villains, plot holes, and sometimes weak artwork. While the art is generally pleasing to the eye, the cheesecake costumes are just a bit too much, especially for Poison Ivy. Aside from these problems, ...more
Cass Winters
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always loved these characters individually, so it makes sense that I would want to read this as well. Some moments feel redundant over the 13 issues collected here, especially with Poison Ivy. I enjoyed the final issues in this volume the most, as they focused on Catwoman. If you already love these characters, you will enjoy this collection. If you don't know them, this may not be the collection for you. It seems to assume that you already know them from the first issue, in my opinion. I perso ...more
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Five stars might be a bit much, but damn if I didn't enjoy it. I know a lot about the Batman universe from the games and movies, but this volume is among the first of the comics that I've read and I loved it. Even though it kind of throws you into the universe head first, I (for the most part) was able to follow along. It doesn't hurt that the main characters are some of the coolest girls/villans in the comics. I can't wait to pick up the next collection.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc

It had its moments. The start kind put me off a little since it kind of continue Heart Of Hush’s storyline, which I wasn’t a fan of. But there was some good stories late on. Love the three main characters in this, so their interactions were always fun. Most of the stories were short, I would rather stories taking more issues instead. Artwork was great. Will pick up the second volume at some point in the future.
Megan Jagdeo
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's kind of a crime-fighting all-girls club tv drama genre. Some of the poses and anatomy are questionable, but it's a hell of a lot better than the injustice Spider Woman received. There's some misogynistic bits thrown in there but that comes before Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Selina Kyle kick butt. Gotta love Harley's pet hyenas, which are still very carnivorous.
Edward Davies
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed seeing Paul Dini get his claws into Harley Quinn again. The artwork was fun, though I was saddened when they started to change artists, but on the whole this was a great volume filled with fun and great guest stars.
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gets better every time.. I love these characters!
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Paul Dini is an American television producer of animated cartoons. He is best known as a producer and writer for several Warner Bros./DC Comics series, including Star Wars: Ewoks, Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond and Duck Dodgers. He also developed and scripted Krypto the Superdog and contributed scr ...more

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