DC Comics will be ending Bartgirl and the Birds of Prey in May, but don't feel bad for its writing team of Julie Benson and Shawna Benson. The duo will also write Green Arrow Annual #2 that month, which turns out is just a sample for their run as the regular Green Arrow writing team with art by Javier Fernández and covers by Alex Maleev, beginning in August with Green Arrow #43.
DC made the announcement Saturday at their DC Universe panel at WonderCon.
“As we mourn the loss of our beloved Birds, hope in the form of an arrow has struck us through the heart with the opportunity to take on Oliver Queen,” said the co-writers in a statement. “Ollie's made a few appearances alongside the Birds since we began writing at DC with Rebirth, and we can't wait to continue making our mark on the 77-year old marksman this summer. And we won't be leaving our ladies behind! Black Canary, aka Ollie's “Pretty Bird,” will continue to star in Green Arrow.
But first, in Green Arrow Annual #2, with art by Carmen Carnero and a cover by David Lopez, "entitled rich-boy Oliver Queen grew up a member of elite society. But after a drunken escapade left him stranded on a deserted island, Oliver learned to survive and become more than a man—he became a hunter. He became a survivor. But when Green Arrow comes face-to-face with a challenge he never saw coming, his entire worldview—his reason for being a hero—comes into question. Because that challenge has a name: Amanda Waller
“We're both humbled and flabbergasted,” continued the pair, “to follow in the footsteps of comic greats like Mort Weisinger, Denny O'Neil, Mike Grell, Kevin Smith, Brad Meltzer, Jeff Lemire, Ann Nocenti, and of course, Ben Percy. We're honored to be included in their ranks and proud of DC for seeing our strength and for moving us over to Green Arrow."
Benson and Benson have penned episodes of Pemberley Digital’s Emmy-winning webseries, Emma Approved and wrote on Seasons 3 through 5 of CW’s The 100.