Tom King will write a Batman/Catwoman 12-issue mini-series starting in January 2020. This new book will coincide with King’s exit from the main Batman title, which will subsequently transition to monthly shipping.
Basically, King will conclude his run with Batman #85 in December. He will then conclude the story he’s been telling for three and a half years in a separate comic. The main Batman comic, under a new writer, will at the same time transition to monthly shipping. Batman/Catwoman will be illustrated by King’s recent Heroes in Crisis collaborator, Clay Mann. It is unclear which creators will work on Batman following King’s departure.
DC made all these announcements Friday afternoon. Phew, that’s a lot of Bat-news for the Friday before a long weekend.
This all comes after a whirlwind few days for Bat-news. Not long ago, King gave an interview saying he was working on a story that would change Batman for a generation. Not long after that, word broke that King was being removed from the main Batman title. And now not long after that, DC is giving King a new Batman/Catwoman mini-series.
In DC’s official announcement, King likened it to Grant Morrisson essentially wrapping up his own Batman run outside the main Batman title, noting, “Batman and Catwoman is a chance to do what Morrison and Quietly did in Batman and Robin: launch an ambitious, accessible, beautiful, thrilling new series that concludes years of stories and defines what Batman is, can, and will be.”
Here’s a link to the official announcement, as well as a cover for the new book:
One suspects that after King almost married Batman and Catwoman in Batman #50, his plan was to later actually go through with it. Given the title of this series, it’s an easy dot to connect. Whether it happens–and whether it happens in continuity–is another matter.