DC will launch a new Birds of Prey ongoing series this October from writer Brian Azzarello and artists Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, and Trish Mulhivill.
The series, announced at DCComics.com, brings together Black Canary, Huntress, and Harley Quinn for a new iteration of the classic all-female super-team. The story kicks off with Black Canary's life in shambles - but everything changes when an "old flame" and a new enemy, a gang named La Esposas De La Muerte, come crashing into her life.
Huntess will become involved at the urging of Renee Montoya, who will serve a supporting role in the story, while Harley joins the team after returning to Gotham following a stint with the Suicide Squad.
“I’m thrilled to work on Birds of Prey with Brian Azzarello,” Lupacchino said in a statement. “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.”
“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," added Azzarello. "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.”
“The story is great,” Lupacchino continued. “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.”
“Tonally, this series will surprise many readers,” said Azzarello. “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.”
Birds of Prey #1 is due out October 30.