Yes, last night DC launched a prelude to Batman #92. It did so with 10 panels (plus a cover and credits page) of original story, announcing that this would be the first of a three-part preview leading up to the book’s release on June 10. The panels show new Batman villain (and associate of The Joker) Punchline voicing distaste with an old safe house, because there is too much there that reminds her of Harley Quinn (former associate of The Joker).
The 10-panels are from the very same creative team slated to deliver Batman #92, with that being writer James Tynion IV, artist Guillem March, colorist Tomeu Morey, and letterer Clayton Cowles.
Tynion announced the project via Twitter:
Hey! While on break, I cooked up a handful of prelude stories with @GuillemMarch to give you a taste of Gotham while you’re waiting for Batman to return next month. They’ll be on DC’s Instagram, in their stories. The first of them is up now, featuring PUNCHLINE! https://t.co/3gI9cOyQXa
— James Tynion IV (@JamesTheFourth) May 27, 2020
This new content is original and unique to Instagram, rather than simply culled from an upcoming issue. The story is designed to tease what is to come rather than to spoil it.
In effect, DC has dealt fans who have been waiting a longer-than-usual amount a time an appetizer for the next issue of its flagship Batman title. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the most recent new issue of Batman was released on March 18, meaning nearly three months will have passed between issues of a book that usually hits stores every other week.
To check out the story, go to DC’s Instagram page and simply click the Batman #92 story.
Check out the cover for the new project below…