Updated March 6, 2020: DC's ongoing-turned-one-shot Birds of Prey has been postponed again, this time rescheduled for an April 22 release date.
Originally planned to debut in October 2019 as a kick-off to a mainstream DCU ongoing series, Brian Azzarello and Emanuala Luppachino was revised to be an 'adults only' one-shot and then postponed on several occassions.
Updated February 13, 2020: DC has informed retailers that the truncated Birds of Prey #1 has been rescheduled for an April 1 release.
Originally announced to Debut in October 2019 as an ongoing series, the Brian Azzarello/Emanuala Luppachino project was later cut to an oversized one-shot and relocated from DC to DC Black Label. In the intervening months, the #1 was pushed back several occasions - with the last rescheduling back in December, then anticipating a March 4 release.
Original Story from December 26, 2019: Brian Azzarello and Emanuela Luppachino's Birds of Prey #1 one-shot has been pushed back five weeks. Previously solicited to be released January 29, the one-shot is now set to go on sale March 4 - a month after the Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) movie opens on February 7.
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. In October, the publisher solicited a truncated 96-page Birds of Prey one-shot collecting what would have been the first two issues of the book, specifying that it was a standalone one-shot.
Here is the updated solicitation:
BIRDS OF PREY #1
written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
art and cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO and RAY McCARTHY
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 03.04.20
$9.99 US | 96 PAGES
FC | DC BLACK LABEL