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First Look: Katana #1

The Bird of Prey gets her own ongoing series next month, from Ann Nocenti and Alex Sanchez.

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You may know of Katana. She's been one of the New 52's Birds of Prey, and she'll be a part of the upcoming Justice League of America series that will get a lot of attention when it finally rolls out. She'll also be the sidekick in the next animated Batman series, so her profile is very much on the rise. In fact, next month, she'll get her own solo series from writer Ann Nocenti and artist Alex Sanchez.

“Katana is a trained, disciplined martial artist. She removes herself from Birds of Prey to go on a personal journey in Japantown, San Francisco, and pursue a quest for vengeance against the Sword Clan, the men that killed her husband,” Nocenti says. “In Katana #1, she fights Coil, who has a spiral sword, a whip of a sword, and she realizes she's not just up against him, but legions. She is allowing herself to let loose, to unravel a bit, to fight this battle. But when the JLA calls — she's all business. She's a soldier in an army for them. Back to the restrained, disciplined fighter. She brings that to the team — a reliable, fearless martial arts master. But as things change in her solo book, that might change in JLA also.”

“The first issue you see that she’s got new villains – really nasty new villains,” she added. “She pretty much hooks up with a new supporting cast in Japantown right off the bat. We set the scene and then everything starts to change with issues #2 and 3. She’s also going to be very connected to the DC Universe. She’s got guest stars in issues #2 and 3 who are surprising. I want her to be connected to the DCU, even in her solo missions.”

Take a look at this early Sanchez art from Katana.

 

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