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Birds of Prey #5

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.

As the Birds and the Amazons double their efforts in fighting Megaera, Dinah and Sin take the battle inside, quite literally. The battle for the fate of Sin has now truly begun and it is not something everyone is gonna walk away from.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
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16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Birds of Prey’s “Megadeath” continues in an increasingly-glorious and brilliant fashion. Kelly Thompson’s script increases the situational and emotional tension in some beautiful ways, without ever sacrificing the group’s lively dynamic. Although Arist Deyn’s aesthetic is decidedly different from Leonardo Romero’s remarkable “house style” for the series, it still suits the conflict in a surprising way, and is tied together by gorgeous coloring. This continues to be an absolute marvel of a relaunch for the Birds of Prey.

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    Everyone works so well together in the creation of this fun story. Issue 5 peels back the curtain behind why Sin is under attack and delivers heartfelt and emotional moments, primarily with Harley, who brings so much heart. We are creeping closer to an epic battle that looms on the horizon, and this issue perfectly sets the scene for what’s to come.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    I have no idea what’s going to happen next in this incredible series, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Everything about this group so far makes me think this might be one of the best Birds of Prey teams we’ve had in a long time. Kelly Thompson’s smashing it out of the park with her writing, and all the artists who have worked on the series so far have added so much to the characters.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Drastic art shifts mid-arc aren’t ideal for storytelling continuity, but Thompson’s scripting is so strong that it didn’t take long for me to get back into the arc.

  • 90


    The big bad leaps into the spotlight as ‘Birds Of Prey’ #5 makes some smart changes that maximize the effect at the core of the story. Plenty of big bold action and deep character moments keep the series in the space it has thrived since its launch.

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Thompson continues to craft some great character interactions throughout this issue and series. The story has a fun and engaging tone that draws in the reader. I enjoyed both the suspense of the story and the unexpected humor from the villain. The action throughout the story is fantastic and made me love each of the characters more.

    The Art: Deyn delivers beautifully detailed and visually compelling art throughout the issue. I really enjoyed both the comedic and serious violence of the fights.

  • 84

    Comic Watch

    This issue is the weakest so far, however, in a series where every issue has knocked it out of the park it is still among great comics from the entire creative team. Readers who have been following the series might not enjoy this issue as much, but its worth checking out and letting the art do much of the heavy lifting.

  • 80


    The switch to a new or fill-in artist is a bit jarring, but that doesn’t stop the well-written and fun-to-read new issue of Birds of Prey. I’m sure the artist will grow on me if they stick around.

  • 80

    Graham Crackers Comics

    I wonder if DC Comics realizes what Kelly Thompson’s story has given them. While this is the classic story of parent saving child, if you remove the Birds of Prey from the action, you end up with a pretty intriguing Wonder Woman story. Certainly much more interesting than what’s happening over in the Amazon’s own title these days. And while I am still disagreeing with a few of the team’s character choices, this is turning into a really enjoyable title. And having Arist Deyn color the art was a good idea as the unusual, somewhat anime-ish style Deyn used for this issue needs to have that special touch.

  • 76

    The Comic Book Spot

    The art is still a little different than I would expect but the colors are more dynamic and that makes this enjoyable form a visual perspective. Story wise this story gains dimension and a more solid emotional element.

  • 70

    Derby Comics

    Birds of Prey #5 continues the team’s fight against Megaera, a monstrous entity threatening Themyscira and beyond. The issue primarily focuses on Black Canary and Sin attempting to defeat Megaera from within its own form, while the rest of the Birds (Harley Quinn, Cassandra Cain, Barda, and Zealot) face off against the Amazons guarding the way to the creature’s core. Kelly Thompson’s writing in this issue is a mixed bag. The character interactions, particularly between Dinah and Sin, are well-written and emotionally charged. However, the plot takes some perplexing turns, especially regarding Megaera’s dialogue and motivations. The villain, initially presented as a menacing force, ends up speaking like a Zillennial, undermining any sense of genuine threat. I will also die on the hill that Harley Quinn is over-utilized in this book.

    I’ve seen a lot of people attacking guest artist Arist Deyn’s approach to the issue, so much so that Thompson has had to defend Deyn and note the issue is meant to be viewed from the perspective of the Megaera, which is why it is such a stark departure from Leo Romero’s work. It’s definitely a completely aesthetic, but I thought it worked and still fit with the tone of Thompson’s script.

  • 60

    Lyles Movie Files

    This was an off issue for Birds of Prey, which has enjoyed consistent writing and art in the previous outings. By no means was it a disaster, just not of the quality that’s been established with this title.

  • 60

    DC Comics News

    Overall, Birds of Prey #5 is a better issue than #4. It may not seem like it when breaking down the details, but there’s a stronger through line with the plot and the conflict building. This is still not a Birds of Prey comic by any stretch of the imagination despite the title. If anything, with Megaera it would be more at home as a Wonder Woman or Zatanna story, or perhaps Justice League Dark or Madame Xanadu.

  • 50

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Birds Of Prey #5 is the turning point in the series, where the fight to rescue Sin from a powerful demon devolves into Looney Tune-styled silliness. Bringing Arist Deyn as a guest artist is a significant improvement in the action, but the character work is abysmal, Megaera’s “personality” is ridiculous, and the revelation behind Megaera’s motivation to possess Sin is just plain eye-rolling.

  • 50


    Birds of Prey #5 feels every bit a middling issue drawing out a story longer than necessary for the purpose of bulking up the page count in a future trade paperback release.

  • 30


    The story isn’t over yet, but the unsatisfying rush towards the finish line of its first arc seemingly concludes next month so we’ll see where this goes. And for what it’s worth, I hope Kelly Thompson can prove me wrong and make the final play work.

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