Birds of Prey #1
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Emanuela Lupacchino
Inks by Ray McCarthy
Colors by Trish Mulvihill and John Kalisz
Letters by Steve Wands
The Rundown: The Birds of Prey will reunite to take down a cartel angling to take over Gotham and they’ll have to team with Harley Quinn to do it.
Black Canary gets an odd call in the middle of the night from a former colleague and lover who is in some deep trouble. After rehashing old times, the call ends and so does his life. Those responsible make their way to Gotham City where they carve a path of destruction through the local drug trade.
At the same time, Harley Quinn comes to town after being released from the Suicide Squad and quickly finds herself caught between the Cartel, the Birds of Prey and Joker wanting her dead. As things escalate on the streets and suspicion builds within the members of the team, the Birds of Prey will find themselves in one explosive conflict after another.
The Story: Fun and full of action. Brian Azzarello does an awesome job of bringing these characters together organically and giving the reader an insight into their conflicts both internal and external. Having Harley try to be a crime fighter while at the same time fighting off her reputation and Joker’s gang is an entertaining plot point and gives the story an extra dimension. There is a lot of story here and Azarello doesn’t waste any of it. The twists in the plot and the pace of the story give it an urgency that makes the reader want more after reading all 100 pages.
The Art: Emanuela Lupacchino does some beautiful art in this story. The city looks vibrant and full of detail. The characters look fantastic and the action is rendered beautifully. My favorite aspect of the art is Lupacchino’s decision to keep a certain character bathed in shadow and not showing his face to increase his menace in the mind of the reader.