While the first issue of DC Comics' New 52 relaunch of "Birds of Prey" has yet to hit the hands of fans, DC has released David Finch and Richard Friend's cover to issue #4 of the series while promising a major change in the team's status quo. Series writer Duane Swierczynski discusses the shift in tone for his and artist Jesus Saiz's title this morning on DC's blog, The Source.
"One of my favorite thrillers is Ira Levin's A KISS BEFORE DYING, because right in the middle of the novel...well, the cliche phrase would be, 'Levin pulls the rug right out from under you,' but that doesn't do his legendary plot twist justice," said Swierczynski. "Forget the rug being pulled out from under you... when you reach that point in KISS, it's as if someone's rolled up that rug and proceeded to use it to beat the living crap out of you. That's what I'm shooting for with this first arc of BIRDS OF PREY. I won't tell you where it is (other than somewhere in issue #4) But If I'm doing my job, you'll be relaxing, enjoying your comic, and then..."
"Birds of Prey" #1 debuts September 21 while issue 4 hits in December.