In BIRDS OF PREY #18, Mr. Freeze is out of Arkham Asylum and is looking for revenge on the Court of Owls. His first target? The newest member of the Birds team, Strix! And if that wasn’t enough trouble for the girls, the issue also introduces The Daughters of the Dawn who are abducting people with super powers … starting with a certain prisoner in Belle Reve!


But that’s not the only exciting news for BIRDS OF PREY fans today. This morning, COMIC BOOK RESOURCES exclusively announced that beginning with issue #18, Jim Zubkavich (SKULLKICKERS) will be the new ongoing series writer!


“BIRDS OF PREY #18 is written as an ideal jumping on point for new or lapsed readers, but it doesn’t get rid of anything that’s happened in previous issues. It sets a new baseline and reintroduces the team while building on the foundation that’s been solidly set up,” Zubkavich revealed to COMIC BOOK RESOURCES.


“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,” the writer teased about his debut issue. “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.”


Head on over to COMIC BOOK RESOURCES to read the full interview with Zubkavich and to take an exclusive first look at issue #18’s stunning interior art by Romano Molenaar and Vicente Cifuentes.


BIRDS OF PREY #18 flies into stores on March 20, 2013.