DC Comics has announced that Tom King will be leaving the main Batman title in December 2019 to write a new 12-issue Batman/Catwoman series launching the following month.
“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,” said King, who will finish up his run on Batman with an 11-issue story arc ‘City of Bane’ culminating in Batman #85 this December. “This will be a comic about what the best Batman comics are always been about, how our greatest hero turns fear into bravery, pain into hope, trauma into love. It’s the story I always wanted to tell, and I’m telling it with the man I consider to be the greatest artist in comics, my brother Clay Mann.”
As part of the announcement, DC also revealed that Batman will be returning to a monthly schedule from January 2020, although there will be no changes to Bat-Family titles such as Detective Comics, Catwoman, Nightwing and Batgirl.
“We’re making changes to our comic book publishing line to set DC up for continued success,” revealed DC’s editor-in-chief Bob Harras. “We’re starting with the bestselling Batman comic after ‘City of Bane’ wraps up in December. ‘City of Bane’ is an incredible story and an integral part of our overall ‘Year of the Villain’ campaign, and a new Tom King and Clay Mann Bat/Cat series in 2020 fills the gap once Batman begins to ship monthly.”