Batman/Catwoman Finally Has a Release Date

After being pushed back nearly a year, DC’s Batman/Catwoman series finally has a release date. Fans can look forward to the first chapter of Tom King and Clay Mann’s latest collaboration on December 1, 2020.Alongside this news, DC has revealed a trio of covers for Batwoman/Catwoman #1, including a new version of Mann’s previous teaser art recolored by Tomeu Morey and variant covers by Travis Charest and Jim Lee. Check out the slideshow gallery below to see all the art revealed so far:

Batman/Catwoman Preview Art Teases a Steamy Superhero Romance

Batman/Catwoman is meant to be the final act in King’s long Batman saga, building on the fallout of 2019’s Batman #85 and the renewed romance between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. The series will explore several major twists in Batman’s life, including Catwoman’s pregnancy and the return of his former lover, Andrea Beaumont. That’s right, the Phantasm is finally making her DC Comics debut.

DC has shed more light on the plot of the series, revealing that it takes place across three time periods. A flashback storyline will shed more light on the early days of the Bat/Cat relationship and that eternal question – was it the street or the boat? The present-day storyline will explore the challenges facing the couple as they try to balance their costumed and personal lives and deal with the rise of the Phantasm. And finally, a flash-forward storyline will focus on an aging Selina as she mourns her late husband and hatches a revenge plot.

DC also teases Joker has a big part to play in the series. Bat-fans may remember that both Joker and Catwoman debuted in the pages of 1940’s Batman #1, making the Clown Prince of Crime the one villain whose relationship with Batman is as old as Catwoman’s. And just as Joker played a key role in convincing Selina to leave Bruce at the altar in Batman #50, he’s returning to sabotage his foe’s latest attempt at happiness.

Batman/Catwoman is written by Tom King, drawn by Clay Mann, colored by Tomeu Morey, lettered by Clayton Cowles and edited by Jamie S. Rich and Brittany Holzherr. Both Mann and Charest will provide covers for each issues. This 12-issue limited series will be published under DC’s mature readers Black Label imprint. The series is expected to ship monthly beginning in December (a benefit of the long delay), though it’ll skip June 2021 in favor of a standalone issue dubbed Batman/Catwoman Special #1.

Batman/Catwoman was one of IGN’s picks for our most anticipated comics of 2020, and it’s good to know the series will just barely make it in that window. Unfortunately, things aren’t looking good on the Saga front…

Are you still excited for the final chapter of King’s epic Batman saga? Let us know in the comments below.

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