Back in November when DC announced their Dawn of DC initiative, one of the titles teased for the then-coming year was Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Details were sparse beyond a few creator names, which included Tom KingMitch GeradsGuillem MarchGabriel HardmanDan Mora, and Rob Williams. Now the publisher has revealed more information about the upcoming title, which is an ongoing anthology series featuring both Batman and other characters from across the DC Universe.

DC describes the new Batman: The Brave and the Bold as following in the footsteps of the groundbreaking original series, which introduced characters and concepts like the Justice League of America, the Suicide Squad, the Teen Titans, Metamorpho, and more. The first issue of the new series will feature four stories starring the Dark Knight, Stormwatch, and Superman, from creators including King, Gerads, Mora, Ed Brisson, Jeff Spokes, Christopher Cantwell, and Javier Rodriguez. Here’s how DC describes all four tales:

Coming off the spectacular success of Batman – One Bad Day: The Riddler, the Eisner Award-winning team of Tom King and Mitch Gerads reunite for a horrifying four-part retelling of the first bloody clash between The Joker and the Batman. A tale of loathing, lies, and laughter, this may be the most frightening Joker story in a generation.

Superstar artist Dan Mora (Batman/Superman: World’s Finest, Detective Comics) makes his writing debut kicking off a new series of Batman Black & White short stories. In a Gotham City overrun by the cybernetic henchmen of The Joker, the only person who can save us is the mysterious motorcycle-riding, bat-costumed hero of urban legend…

The Justice League may be gone, but its enemies aren’t. Who’ll protect the world from the worst of the worst? Ed Brisson (Batman Incorporated) and Jeff Spokes (Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special) pick up the story started in the Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special as Director Bones and his new covert StormWatch team travel the globe on black-ops missions to take super-powered weapons of mass destruction off the board. But this is StormWatch, and as always, not all is as it seems. “Down with the Kings” starts here!

In “The Order of the Black Lamp—Part I,” from writer Christopher Cantwell (Co-creator, Halt and Catch Fire, Briar, Marvel’s Iron Man) and artist Javier Rodríguez (Marvel’s Daredevil, The Defenders), Superman finds a decoder ring with a secret message—“Save Me”—which sends him on a quest to solve a mystery with ties to the Man of Steel’s past.

Variant cover by Jim Cheung

Along with a main cover by Simone Di MeoBatman: The Brave and the Bold #1 will sport variant covers by Jim Cheung (open-to-order), Frank Cho (open-to-order), Bryan Hitch (1:25), and Nathan Szerdy (1:50). 

The new Batman: The Brave and the Bold series seems to take the place of the recently-wrapped Batman: Urban Legends anthology series, and is the latest iteration of the title for DC. The original anthology team-up series ran from 1955 until 1983, while a relaunch in 2007 ran for three years. A number of miniseries have also sported the Brave and the Bold title, including most recently in 2018. The timing for the new series announcement is also fortuitous, as a movie bearing the same title was teased last week as part of James Gunn‘s “Gods & Monsters” plans for the DC Cinematic Universe. 

Check out the variant covers for the first issue of the series below. Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1 will arrive in stores and digitally on Tuesday, May 16th.