Writer Brian Azzarello will team with artists Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy and Trish Mulvihill on a new Birds of Prey ongoing series this fall for DC.
The Birds of Prey were created by Jordan B. Gorfinkel and Chuck Dixon, first appearing in Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey #1 in 1996. The team has consisted of a variety of different members over the years. The new team features Black Canary, Harley Quinn and Huntress as they team up against a group called "Las Esposas de la Muerte"
“I’m thrilled to work on Birds of Prey with Brian Azzarello,” Lupacchino said in the press release. “The Birds are a super-team I’ve never worked on before but that I‘ve always loved. Harley is shining with her craziness, which is something I love to draw... The story is GREAT. We’re introducing interesting, energetic new characters and have developed designs for their costumes that will instantly give fans an idea about their nature. It’ll be a fantastic run. This will be a lovely opportunity to bring these women to life and let the reader feel their emotions. I’ll give them their energy and power.”
Azzarello added, “It’s cool to have a story to tell about these characters I've never worked on before, with Ema, a terrific artist I’ve never worked with before. Having Harley involved screws with the new BOP dynamic—hell, with every dynamic. She’s chaos, but she might be the most together member of the team. Canary, Huntress, and Montoya have a lot of damaged baggage. Ema and I are gonna unpack it... Tonally, this series will surprise many readers. Ema and I are pushing the envelope, both character-wise and plot-wise, with equal parts estrogen and adrenaline. Our BOP will be the must-read title every month. Ambitious? Sure. That’s why it’s worth doing.”
You can read the summary and see the cover as well as uncolored art for the issue below.
Harleen Quinzel, Dinah Lance and Helena Bertinelli are all powerful as individuals and become an unstoppable force when together, but you need to break some eggs to become the Birds of Prey. Luckily, none of these heroes have a problem cracking heads, certainly not a post-Suicide Squad Harley Quinn...
Needless to say, the Birds are back in town!
Black Canary’s life has spiraled out of control: her personal life is going through the wringer and her band is in crisis. An old flame resurfaces only to flicker out and set Dinah on an all-new mission against an all-new opponent: Las Esposas de la Muerte. The only thing Dinah can be grateful for is the fact that she’s not alone, as Huntress finds herself on a collision course with Black Canary’s quarry at Detective Montoya’s urging. Meanwhile, Harley Quinn has resurfaced outside of Gotham City and out of the Suicide Squad, with a new lease on life that is sure to make everyone’s life more complicated. And that’s only the first five pages of this dynamic new ongoing series!
Birds of Prey #1 releases October 30 with a card stock variant by J. Scott Campbell.