DC's BIRDS OF PREY Ongoing Cut to Oversized One-Shot

Birds of Prey #1
New BIRDS OF PREY #1 primary cover
Credit: Ivan Reis/Joe Prado/Alex Sinclair (DC/Black Label)
Original BIRDS OF PREY #1 cover
Original BIRDS OF PREY #1 cover
Credit: Emanuela Lupacchino/Ray McCarthy (DC)

Updated October 18, 2019: DC has changed Brian Azzarello and Emanuela Luppachino's announced Birds of Prey ongoing to a 96-page one-shot to come out January 29, 2020.

Revealed in DC's January 2020 solicitations, the one-shot will contain what would have been the first two issues of the ongoing series, and more.

Originally announced in July for an October debut as an ongoing, DC later pulled the first issues from their schedule and announced the series - then-still an ongoing - would instead debut in February 2020 as an 'adults only' title as part of their DC Black Label line.

The publisher did not give a reason for these changes. Here's the updated solicitation:

cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
variant by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
Black Canary’s life has spiraled out of control: her personal life is going through the ringer and her band is in crisis when an old flame resurfaces only to flicker out and set her on an all-new mission against an all-new opponent. The only thing she has to 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 else’s life more complicated.
And that’s only the first five pages of this high-octane, graphic novel-length one-shot that pushes the Birds of Prey far beyond their limits and puts them up against the most brutal crime syndicate to ever sweep into Gotham City! Hardboiled superstar writer Brian Azzarello and the bombshell art team of Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy take the Birds into the no-holds-barred world of Black Label, and none of them will ever be the same!
ON SALE 01.29.20
$9.99 US | 96 PAGES
Some of this material was previously solicited as BIRDS OF PREY #1 and 2.
This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

Updated September 26, 2019: DC has announced that the postponed DC Black Label Birds of Prey title is now set for release in February 2020. While not specifying a specific date, a February release would coincide with the February 7 release of the Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) film.

Birds of Prey was originally announced for an October 2019 debut, but DC later pulled it from the schedule and announced plans to revise the books tone to for adults only.

Original Story September 19, 2019: DC's planned Birds of Prey ongoing set to debut this October has been postponed to 2020, with a plan to make it a more mature title and tie-in to the upcoming Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

"Retailers, DC is making the move to push the new Birds of Prey into DC Black Label, the perfect place for its hard-hitting storyline by writer Brian Azzarello, artist Emanuela Lupacchino," the publisher told retailers Wednesday evening.

New BIRDS OF PREY #1 primary cover
New BIRDS OF PREY #1 primary cover
Credit: Ivan Reis/Joe Prado/Alex Sinclair (DC/Black Label)

Originally solicited as a T+ title (as in for readers 15 and older), the now Black Label Birds of Prey title is framed as for readers 17 and up.

DC is replacing series artist Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy's original Birds of Prey #1 primary cover with a new illustration by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Alex Sinclair. The publisher didn't specify if the original #1 cover would be used in some other capacity.

Described now as an "upscale" Black Label project, Birds of Prey will be that label's first ongoing title.  DC didn't specify whether "upscale" equates to any change to the previously-solicited $3.99 cover price.

No specific revised release date was given for Birds of Prey #1, however the movie is due out February 7, 2020.

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