Reviews – DC Comics: Birds of Prey #21

Posted: June 26, 2013 in Reviews - DC Comics
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Written By: Christy Marx
Pencils By: Romano Molenaar / Breakdowns By: Scott McDaniel / Inks By: Jonathan Glapion / Colours By: Chris Sotomayor / Letters By: Dezi Sienty
Price: $2.99

Allow me to cut to the chase here. For those of you focused on action, his issue packs it in very nearly from end to end. And even more importantly, I’d wager that this is the best issue, at least of Christy Marx’s run on the book, if no of the entire series.

Alright, so being the best issue of a series that int quite two years old yet isn’t necessarily all that high of praise, but in the case of Birds of Prey #21, it actually is a very good issue. This is the third issue of the Birds of Prey/Talon crossover story, and it is the first issue where the stars of both books really come together. That being the case, this is the one that really kicks off the action. As I said, the action is really packed into this one, and it all revolves around a fight between our two Talons, Strix and Calvin Rose. Of course, this is an issue spanning fight sequence, so there really has to be more to it then just punches and kicks, and there absolutely is. You have to remember, these are regular Talons, these are heroes, tortured heroes, dealing with their own issues, and seeing how these things come out in the midst of the fight has a certain beauty to it. And you know what, while this fight and the character development for Strix and Calvin it brings with it are certainly the bulk of the issue, there is more going on, like for instance a bit of insight into Condor’s background and his interest in the Birds of Prey.

This really is a good one folks, a fight scene that balances emotion with excitement, character development and of course, actual story progress. My one complaint would be that this story takes place before current issues of Batgirl, so her state here doesn’t exactly line up with where she is in her own book, and because I’ve been enjoying that title so much lately, that took me out of this one just a little bit. That’s a personal gripe though, chances are it won’t effect your enjoyment of the story.

Score: 8.5


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