Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #1 Review

Taking Flight

Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Inaki Miranda. John Kalisz, and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 27, 2020

A Gail Simone Birds of Prey story hitting the Digital First Lineup?  Yes Please!  I have been keeping up with most of DC's digital line of books and have been enjoying Simone's Flash stories, but Birds of Prey is another level entirely!  She is my favorite Birds writer, but I think I may be hyping this way too much already!  I better just get to my review, and away we go...

The issue opens with a little team building or at least introduction, and we get Black Canary and Huntress adding Harley Quinn as a +1.    Even though that isn't needed as much nowadays, establishing Harley as a good gal is the focus.  A good gal Harley still has connections, and that kicks off the main plot involving a hospital with mob ties.

I like Simone's voice for Harley, and seeing her work with the Birds of Prey is excellent, especially Helena, who can't accept Harley and her are birds of a feather!

Harley and Huntress take out some thugs, and then Black Canary joins them to investigate some more.  By the way, the hospital/mob story is just window dressing for an issue all about getting the team together.  I am cool with that, especially when another character shows up.  It's Poison Ivy!

Okay, so we play the game of fight before friends with Canary and Huntress both thinking it was all a big setup.  It does give Simone a chance to let newer readers know her characters' power sets, which was better served in the Walmart Giants, but still nice to see with Inaki Miranda's excellent art.

Enemies become teammates, however, when more thugs show up to take the girls down, and we get another fight scene.  The issue ends with a bit of exposition to make Poison Ivy showing up make more sense and an enjoyable narration from Dinah about judging books and second chances.

I am glad that we are getting this book as a Digital First, and while this first issue isn't going to wow anyone, it was a good way to set up the team and get the series started.  I did love Inaki Miranda's art, and that alone made it worth the 99 cent price tag.

Bits and Pieces:

Gail Simone and Inaki Miranda start their Birds of Prey book with a simple story that is more about getting the team together than anything else.  I like the team, and the way Simone has them interact and Miranda's art is outstanding.  I do expect more from a Gail Simone Birds of Prey book, and expect it to only get better from here on out.


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