Birds of Prey, Volume One: Trouble in Mind

13532148I was really looking forward to Birds of Prey, Volume 1: Trouble in Mind. Perhaps I hyped myself up for it a little too much, because ultimately I’m feeling a tad disappointed.

As a relatively new comic reader, I was convinced that it would be great to get into these worlds through The New 52 titles. But I’m starting to notice a pattern with these titles and that is, they feel less like ‘new’ stories. I think it’s really misleading to attach ‘new’ to something, because I personally would anticipate reading about an origin story. Unfortunately Birds of Prey didn’t feel like an origin story, and I was more or less thrown into the deep end with this one.

This criticism doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the story. I think it has a lot of potential. But unfortunately because there was very little set up to the story and the characters, consequently I didn’t feel hugely connected to either. Black Canary and Starling (whom I’ve never even heard of before this comic, so she must be new to the DC world) are essentially already in a team before the story starts. I would’ve liked to see their formation as a team, seeing as this graphic is about said team.

I also thought the story-telling was quite weak. It felt very plain and that came off as quite juvenile to me. (But I will say that as of late, I’ve been on a huge fantasy bender, and so I could just used to more intricate writing styles.) Also at times I felt that I was experiencing over exposition. The story would be told through inner-monologue, and it was like having the plot spelled out to me. Instead, why not have the characters engage in dialogue?

Something I really enjoyed was the character designs and their costumes, I really liked how they reflected the character and who they are. Poison Ivy in particular looked really cool and I hadn’t seen her stylised that way before. I’m still unsure if she was wearing a suit, but she had these really cool black tendrils that would change on her face. Although the art was mainly consistent through-out the volume, I did notice a character had gone from having tan skin to whiter skin. I literally thought he was a whole other person. I understand they employ different artists sometimes from issue to issue, but if some things could just remain to avoid confusion on this idiots behalf (I’m talking about me here btw) that’d be great.

Despite not liking the first installment, I will definitely give this series a chance. The writer was clever and left this volume on a good cliffhanger that makes me really want to pick up the next volume!

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Justice League, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns

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Spoiler Free Review

Graphic Novels | Superheroes | DC Comics

My Rating: ★★★★☆

I was pretty impressed upon finishing Justice League, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis. I am definitely aware of the mixed reviews towards this graphic novel, but personally this volume really appealed to my reading tastes.

I’ll start my review of with a brief history of my reading experience with this series thus far:

Justice League, Volume 1: Origin – I gave ★★★☆☆. I wasn’t totally enthralled whilst reading, nor did this volume excite me about the series. However I thought it was a solid beginning and I therefore gave it a chance and decided to continue with the series.

Justice League, Volume 2: The Villain’s Journey – I gave ★★☆☆☆ and was honestly less than impressed with. I wasn’t a fan of the quarrel’s within the League, I really wanted (and expected) them to start working as a team more. The plot felt like it jumped around too much and there was also a noticeable discrepancy between the character’s ‘screen’ time, so to speak.

However I had a complete change of heart with Justice League, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis because I pretty much loved it. (I don’t want to hype it up too much for anyone as this could be a real fluke.)

Within the first couple of pages of this volume I felt like I noticed a huge improvement with the quality of story-telling. It felt a lot cleaner and easier to follow. This may be because the characters actually started to get along more and it was apparent they shared a mutual goal.

I will criticise the plot slightly and say the first chapters or so really go against the grain of the title, as it has nothing to do with Atlantis. I think this was worth mentioning as it may mislead some people. But personally it did entertain me, as I have not yet read a comic with Cheetah and was excited to learn more about her relationship with Diana. Not to mention it really exhibited the growth of the team and their willingness and wantingness (whoops that’s not a word) to help each other out and work together.

As well as this, I loved the involvement of Atlantis in this series because aside from this comic series, I know very little about Aquaman and Atlantis. [This could be why I liked it so much.]

Secondly, I thought the characters were much more likeable – which was largely due to the fact that they wanted to work together more. Aside from the weird absence of The Flash, [whom is my favourite 😥 and I can’t recall if this absence was explained…] I felt like there was more of a balance between the characters ‘screen’ time.

I truly can’t wait to start the next volume in the series, it was left on a great cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see which characters [villainous and otherwise] that will be introduced!