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Birds of Prey: Old Friends, New Enemies (Birds of Prey)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  671 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
This breathtaking book features the female dynamic trio of Oracle, the Black Canary and Batgirl. After being paralyzed by the Joker, former Batgirl Barbara Gordon became Oracle, an information and cyberspace specialist, and began a crime-fighting union with Black Canary. Two women with different personalities and beliefs, their relationship has always been tumultuous but e ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by DC Comics
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The stories range from above average to silly with average to good artwork. It's early in the relationship between Oracle and Black Canary.

OVERALL GRADE: C plus to B minus.
Feb 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Barbara is one of my all time favorite super-heroes. In comics, people often say things like "Superman isn't Superman because he has a rainbow of superpowers, he's Superman because he uses them to help people." Batman is my favorite superhero because he has no powers, but Barbara takes that humanity one step further. She got hurt. She's paraplegic for life, and she's still a superhero.
Andrew Shapter
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Loving this classic series...until the dinosaurs.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Four stars mostly for Babs. It's her personality that's really gotten me hooked on Birds of Prey. Of course, her growing friendship with Dinah is a key component to the series. I can't say much for the actual plots. They're mostly serviceable, outstanding neither for their quality or lack thereof. Minimal fanservice in the art, which is a relief to me. Not only is it a (more or less constant in superhero comics) irritant to me, it just doesn't suit a comic that's meant to be about powerful women ...more
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a nice collection of early issues of Birds of Prey, with only Black Canary and Oracle on hand. (It's hard to keep track of the continuity what with the DCU being rebooted so often... I have no idea which Robin appears in one of the issues in this volume. It was about twenty years ago, so...) The art is pretty good and expressive, and the stories are well-written, though not of the same caliber that Gail Simone brought during her run. Babs still seems to be struggling with the idea of set ...more
The same Dixon quality we all know and love, this trade should however come with a cliché warning – time travelling in the final issues contained. However, that aside, this collection of BoP #1-6 has some absolutely classic moments (Mint ice-cream/chat with the Bat, etc) and a couple of heartbreakingly familiar scenes regarding our society’s (mistaken) views regarding disability… You can’t miss the series of panels in question, like the insistent librarian being overly helpful…

“This chair doesn’
Apr 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
guys, i love babs and dinah. seriously. there's just . . . yeah. i am clearly missing some issues because dinah still hasn't met babs by the end of this trade, and when gail simone picks it up, babs and dinah are way closer. though they are still best friends here!

i need mooooore . . .
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Part of my massive Barbara Gordon Re-read which I had a glorious amazing time with. Birds of Prey, under the hands of Chuck Dixon, got it's first big push into existing, gorgeously, and I continue to love it deeply!
Unsurprisingly, the stories here are still great. Perhaps surprising is how good Greg Land's art is. He takes a lot of heat these days for his stilted layouts, bad faces and swiped poses, but I like what he does in these issues. Good stuff.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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This volume as a whole didn't feel like it had much of a cohesiveness. There are some references to past events, but mostly, the issues are completely standalone. The issues are good, but they just don't have that feeling of history yet.
Victor Orozco
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Slightly better than the last Birds of Prey collection. Have to admit I liked the story with Brand as well as the Vixens were really cool and fun. Dinah is still whiny and Barbara is too clever for her own good. Never understood the success of this series. C-
Jun 16, 2007 rated it liked it
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This trade collects the first Birds of Prey issues, back when it was just Oracle and Black Canary. Way back in the dark ages of the 1990s when Oracle looked strangely like Dana Scully and wore a beret (a beret?!). A good setup for the rest of the series, which only improves from here.
Shannon Appelcline
Mar 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
A couple of silly fake-outs damage the integrity of the second arc, but otherwise good fun.
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Still clunky. Apparently Gail Simone is the only one who gets what it takes to make Birds of Prey click.
This was action packed and I really enjoyed it. I can't believe I somehow managed to skip the first two volumes of the series.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
loved it!
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
It was ok, I guess, but it feels a little dated and I did miss the Huntress.
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Charles "Chuck" Dixon is an American comic book writer, perhaps best-known for long runs on Batman titles in the 1990s.

His earliest comics work was writing Evangeline first for Comico Comics in 1984 (then later for First Comics, who published the on-going series), on which he worked with his then-wife, the artist Judith Hunt. His big break came one year later, when editor Larry Hama hired him to w
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