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King to pen BATMAN/CATWOMAN mini; BATMAN to ship monthly in 2020

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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.

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  1. Great! A 12 issue focused series with a great premise. I’m up for this and hope it sticks! Clay Mann will be great for the concept as well. Hopefully no Bane though…

  2. This is the best case scenario. King gets to finish his story Batman-Incorporated-style, DC gets to replace him on the main Batman title (I hear Benjamin Percy is available), fans don’t have to pay more because the amount of issues per month remains consistent, and nobody loses face.

  3. “This is the best case scenario. King gets to finish his story Batman-Incorporated-style, DC gets to replace him on the main Batman title (I hear Benjamin Percy is available), fans don’t have to pay more because the amount of issues per month remains consistent, and nobody loses face.”
    why would they lose face? Last time Tom King was a CIS white male.
    It’s not like they’re firing a disabled trans black queer woman of color.
    And Batman is gonna sell no matter what.
    Benjamin Percy is another untalented neck beard. I’m sure he’d make a great replacement. With neckbeard Benjamin Marra doing covers.

  4. I think the more interesting story here might be who are the people in the know who couldn’t wait to leak half of this story to the various comics gossip sites, and to what end? Looks like someone didn’t want DC to control the announcement and make a clean transition, maybe already making them rush out this announcement.

  5. The cynical side of me says DC had to rush out the Batman/Catwoman part of the announcement (WAY early) to reassure readers that the bat-cat story will actually materialize in some fashion – just to keep readership from continuing to hemorrhage. Reader interest has really been shown since 50.

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