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DC Comics Announces New BIRDS OF PREY Writer

March's issue #18 brings Jim Zubkavich on board.

There's some changes coming. This morning DC Comics has announced that BIRDS OF PREY will be getting a new writer. Beginning with issue #18, Jim Zubkavich (SKULLKICKERS) will be writing the series.

In issue #18, we'll be seeing Mr. Freeze out of Arkham Asylum and looking for revenge against the Court of Owls. Of course this will lead to conflict with the Birds of Prey and their new member, Strix. It seems that's not the only problem they'll be dealing with as we'll be seeing the introduction of The Daughters of the Dawn, who are abducting people with super powers. They'll be starting with a certain prisoner in Belle Reve.

Here's what Zubkavich said:

After being physically and emotionally trounced by Batman, Freeze is damaged goods and he’s not dealing with that too well. He feels he’s been used by Bruce Wayne, used by Batman and used by the Court of Owls. Since Batman and Wayne Corp. soundly kicked his ass, he’s lashing out at the next thing on his list and is determined to wreck vengeance on the Court and its many minions. That’s going to bring him into conflict with Strix and the rest of the Birds. The end result of that nasty conflict will be far reaching and bloody for everyone involved. Playing in the DC sandbox with both classic and new characters feels pretty cool, I don’t mind saying. When Freeze’s name came up during brainstorming sessions I felt I could build on the great new material that started in BATMAN ANNUAL #1. I’m excited about showing readers how focused and dangerous he can be.

You can read the full interview over at CBR.

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Posted by Zeeguy91

@Ravager4: Well, "replacement" might not be the right word, given that Hank was in fact the original Hawk. But, to each their own, I guess.

Posted by Ravager4

@Zeeguy91: I wasn't trying to argue that Holly was the original Hawk, but she was the Hawk at the time, meaning that when Hank killed her and became Hawk again, he was replacing the current Hawk, Holly. And since she was the Hawk that I was first introduced to and grew to like, he certainly replaced her to me, and I can't look past that.

Posted by arnoldoaad

@Zeeguy91 said:

@arnoldoaad: Every character has the potential to be interesting of written well. If a particular character is underdeveloped, why would you want to shove them aside? Instead, I'd say that's all the more reason to give more spotlight to said character. To develop them further.

because is a talon, she is just a mute zombie, there are better talons with more personality than Mary, and she has a very bizarre backstory, I still know some people that read Batgirl 9 and honetly thought that Mary was the Asian chick of the stoyr

@Zeeguy91 said:

@Ravager4: Well, to be fair, a lot of people did some screwed up shit during Blackest Night. Ronnie Raymond killed Jason Rusch's girlfriend and was revived, and then him and Jason fused together during Brightest Day. You can't blame Hank for killing Holly anymore than you can blame a bear for killing a fish, because it wasn't really Hank, it was a Black Lantern, a monster. He was being controlled to a certain extent and it was in his "nature" to seek out and kill people.

I dont think it has anything to do with Blackest Night

Hank is just boring, he is just a vanilla Liefeld character with a very bland personality, there is really nothing more i can say about him

and on the other hand Dove was one of the best parts of Blackest Night and Brightest Day, but the sole connection with Hawk just makes the character more dull

Posted by Zeeguy91

@Ravager4: That's fair. I'm not trying to argue, I'm just saying that it would be nice to see Hank and Dawn be placed somewhere in the DCU. both characters have potential, but have been stuck in character limbo after their series failed.

Posted by arnoldoaad

@Zeeguy91 said:

@Ravager4: That's fair. I'm not trying to argue, I'm just saying that it would be nice to see Hank and Dawn be placed somewhere in the DCU. both characters have potential, but have been stuck in character limbo after their series failed.

I need to ask, what kind of potential do you see from Hank that doesnt work with Holly?

Posted by Zeeguy91

@arnoldoaad: I wasn't even talking about the Talon. And, yeah, I think she does have some potential as a character to grow.

And, um, Hank wasn't created by Liefeld. He and Don were both created by Steve Ditko and actually the concept that they originally embodied was something that was very relevant to the times. They symbolized the debate over Vietnam, with Hank personifying the "warhawk", gung ho stance and Don personifying the "dove", pacifist stance. That personality/concept is something that can be developed, cultivated, etc.

Posted by Zeeguy91

@arnoldoaad: I'm not downing Holly. In fact, I don't think there is really an angle that you could explore with Hank that you can't explore with Holly, but the fact is that Hank is currently Hawk and, therefore, would be the natural choice. We just need to work with what we have.

Posted by arnoldoaad

@Zeeguy91 said:

@arnoldoaad: I wasn't even talking about the Talon. And, yeah, I think she does have some potential as a character to grow.

And, um, Hank wasn't created by Liefeld. He and Don were both created by Steve Ditko and actually the concept that they originally embodied was something that was very relevant to the times. They symbolized the debate over Vietnam, with Hank personifying the "warhawk", gung ho stance and Don personifying the "dove", pacifist stance. That personality/concept is something that can be developed, cultivated, etc.

Oh sorry i thought you were

as for Liefeld yeah he didnt created him but he did recreated him, twice as a matter of a fact

he is just this very strong guy, thats it, he has nothing else around it

Posted by Zeeguy91

@arnoldoaad: Well don't you think it'd be better to give Hank more rather than just saying "nah, lets just keep him in limbo."

Posted by arnoldoaad

@Zeeguy91 said:

@arnoldoaad: Well don't you think it'd be better to give Hank more rather than just saying "nah, lets just keep him in limbo."

I think we already seen enough of him with the last series

and yeah i wouldnt mind him staying in limbo

but it is not the same for Dove

bottomline is, Dove is interesting, Hank is not

Posted by queenfrost_

@Ravager4: Funny you say that because Batwoman's image was actually created as a 'Dark batgirl' for the justice mini series ;)

Posted by BR_Havoc

Dislike the new lineup almost as much as I hate the new Mister Freeze so guess I will not be reading this one.

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Posted by modunhanul

Mr. Freeze!

Posted by sethysquare

@Zeeguy91 said:

Who else thinks that Hawk and Dove should join this team? They need it after their series failed.

i always thought hawk and dove was the best with hank and dawn

Posted by Zeeguy91

@arnoldoaad: Well, that's your opinion, and you're entitled to it, but I just don't agree.

Posted by falcon10

coooooooooooooooooooooooooool

Posted by colonyofcells

I think Stargirl should be in the Birds of Prey.