Birds of a Feather Crash Together: Sell Birds of Prey #1

by Norman Robinson III

160943_8c088017d07b2d6dc9b722ac6d1a40f50ae4ab63-195x300 Birds of a Feather Crash Together: Sell Birds of Prey #1The latest info on the movie: Birds of Prey is anecdotal. I simply pulled up reservations online for the theater I attend near my house. I went on one of their movie websites to check on the status. There are currently eleven seats taken less than an hour from curtain drop, ELEVEN! Yep, Birds are being blown out of the sky by, wait for it: their own fans! Some astute speculators might have read my earlier blog where I warned this would happen and to sell prior to the movie. To those readers, I say, “Bravo Zulu!” Bottom line, as I predicted many moons ago, Birds of Prey are crashing to Earth.

It might have been the overly simplistic “misogynistic male stereotypes” throughout the movie, that turned off fans (source: paraphrasing Nerdtronic). Perhaps, it is the in your face add-on suggestive title that can’t put butts in seats “And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.” Worse yet, it could just be these characters do not represent their comic counterparts, not one witt. In my humble speculator opinion, fans are very forgiving. But one thing they won’t put up with is if the characters don’t resemble their comic book counterparts. Now, that the movie has cratered; what do you do with all these comics? Can you say, “fire-sale” folks?




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This comic book was created at the end of the fabulous 1990s. Not the best era for comic speculators but some truly creative people brought girl-power teams to DC and elsewhere. This comic book was created by Chuck Dixon (script) and Greg Land with Brian Stelfreeze (art). They created a fun series, that ended up getting its own movie eventually. But has this book paid off long-term? Let’s pluck a few feathers and see if we can discern the truth.




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  • Grade 9.8 $100 last sale returns positive +35%
  • Grade 9.6 $36 last sale 8-1-19 returns negative -43%
  • Grade 9.0  $24 last sale 5-27-19 returns N/A

Note of caution, these numbers do not represent the impact of a bad movie. I expect the prices to fall to rock bottom and that will be the time to scoop up someone else’s mistake on the cheap. For now, if you own, try to sell it at a discount and move it before others start flooding eBay. You probably have about a week before the bad news has circled the globe twice.



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The first appearance of Black Mask was in Batman #386. It was created by Doug Moench (script) and Tom Mandrake (pencils) in 1985. This character kind of reminds me of the old villains of the Golden Age. Simple, straightforward and in some ways very scary. Played by Ewan McGregor, I am sure the Black Mask tried his darndest to save this flailing enterprise. If you can still sell this book do. If not, then you own it for the foreseeable future. I think we could see the Black Mask again (as long as they don’t kill him off) as he would make an interesting villain for Batman, which is probably why his first appearance was in Batman #386.






All things Birds of Prey are doomed at this point. The earliest numbers have it competing with the opening weekend for Jonah Hex. Therefore, four of the hottest birds can barely compete with a mutilated, half-dead, mystical Confederate soldier. Yeah, reload your ammo, this was a huge misfire to be compared with Hex. Sell your Birds of Prey asap, before you end up being the prey of contrary-speculators.


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Brad February 11, 2020 - 12:21 pm

There’s a lot of misinformation in this post.

Where on earth did you read that the opening was supposed to be comparable to Jonah Hex? This movie was projected to make 40-50 million in its opening weekend and made 33 million. Jonah Hex made 10 million…total.

And it was actually a legitimately good movie and the characters are very close to their comic book counterparts.

Norman Robinson III February 12, 2020 - 2:37 am

We will have to agree to disagree about what I read, and how I compared it to Jonah Hex. The only character dead-on was Harley Quinn, and I don’t ever remember her dressed in pom poms! Several of the supporting cast did not look like their characters either. I will agree that it was a fun movie and Margot Robbie really owns Harley, even if she didn’t look like her. Thanks again for reading.

steve centonzo February 12, 2020 - 7:51 am

rosie perez was miscast

Norman Robinson III February 16, 2020 - 9:39 pm

yep, I agree she would have been a perfect fit 20 years ago, but now she is out of place. thanks for reading

Allen February 13, 2020 - 4:13 pm

I don’t think BoP 1 was ever the book to get. People were spending more on the BoP Oracle/Black Canary book. So, if you bought a bunch of issue 1, then you were way behind the starting line.

Norman Robinson III February 16, 2020 - 9:40 pm

yeah, the source material for the other characters, not the team was a superior purchase. Thanks for reading.

father_fanboy February 14, 2020 - 3:08 am

Perhaps Birds of Prey hasn’t made much money (and was released in February) because it’s not that great? Maybe the title was too damn stupid (I assume that’s why DC made the belated name change)? Maybe the weather being crap in a lot of the country affected it? I sure hadn’t heard any sort of ‘male stereotype’ nonsense until this article. The first commenter had it right though–Jonah Hex opened to $5 million and made $10 million total (roughly 20% of it’s budget), and that was only ten years ago (how is that correct??? Doesn’t it seem like it opened back in the 80s?). While this movie doesn’t seem like it will be a success, it’s already on pace to do far better than that movie did (it’s made back 1/2 it’s budget already)—so that is a really bizarre comparison to make.

Norman Robinson III February 16, 2020 - 9:45 pm

Straw man arguements aren’t very helpful to the discourse, did you even see the movie? Probably not, thanks for reading.


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