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"City Of Bane” Concludes in BATMAN #85
BATMAN to Ship Monthly Beginning January 2020

BURBANK, CA (May 24, 2019) – DC fans can expect an exciting future as the publisher revealed early details on its strategy for 2020, beginning with stories featuring tight, intertwined narratives across DC’s comic book lineup. Leading this charge into the future is Batman, the World’s Greatest Detective and a cornerstone of the DC universe.

Beginning in January 2020, DC’s ongoing BATMAN comic book, currently shipping twice-monthly, will return to a monthly schedule, allowing DC to incorporate the monthly BATMAN title into the larger DC universe and continuity. BATMAN will ship alongside a new 12-issue BATMAN/CATWOMAN series by Tom King and Clay Mann, while Bat-Family titles DETECTIVE COMICS, CATWOMAN, NIGHTWING, BATGIRL and others will continue into 2020 with no immediate changes to their shipping schedules.  

“We’re making changes to our comic book publishing line to set DC up for continued success,” said 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.”

Featuring art by Tony S. Daniel, ’City of Bane’ kicks off in BATMAN #75 on July 17th, 2019, when, after three years being broken down by Bane, Bruce Wayne falls to his lowest point. Bane’s minions have moved into Gotham City, taken control and are ruling with an iron fist…and Batman is nowhere to be found. This extra-sized anniversary issue kicks off a storyline that ties together all the threads of the first 74 issues of Tom King’s epic BATMAN run. ’City of Bane’ will run 11 issues with artwork by series regulars Daniel, Mikel Janín and Mann, concluding in December 2019 with BATMAN #85.

“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 Tom King. “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.

“It’s tough to leave Batman,” added King. “It’s a gift and a joy to be on that book. But I’m leaving it to work on the biggest, most ambitious projects of my career, comics I get to make with the best collaborators in comics. And that’s a gift and a joy too.”

“We’re excited for fans to get more of what they love from DC,” said Harras. “With Joëlle Jones continuing on CATWOMAN, a new creative team on BATMAN, plus titles like DETECTIVE COMICS, BATGIRL, NIGHTWING, RED HOOD: OUTLAW and BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS, our Gotham City protectors and the talent behind them will continue to offer great stories that cater to the tastes of as many Bat-fans as possible in 2020 and beyond.”

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Well, comparing it to Morrison's Batman and Robin is a good step. One of my favorite books ever.

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Kind of surprised they got it set up so quickly. I'm surprised they are going back to monthly Batman. The sales aren't likely to increase so its odd to give up the extra revenue.

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1 hour ago, Brian Fowler said:

Well, comparing it to Morrison's Batman and Robin is a good step. One of my favorite books ever.

Yeah but it hasn't been nearly as good. Every issue of Batman/Batman & Robin by Morrison was must read. There are whole chunks of King's run that I really couldn't have cared.

James

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2 hours ago, Brian Fowler said:

Well, comparing it to Morrison's Batman and Robin is a good step. One of my favorite books ever.

 

1 hour ago, J.H. said:

Yeah but it hasn't been nearly as good. Every issue of Batman/Batman & Robin by Morrison was must read. There are whole chunks of King's run that I really couldn't have cared.

James

I fucking love Batman and Robin by Grant Morrison. Morrison's 2006-2013 Batman run was terrific especially Batman and Robin.

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Interesting developments, you get Tom King carrying on Batman/Catwoman or as he writes it,  Bat and Cat. This will be in a separate title for those who enjoy King's run and acts as closure. We just wait on the new creative team announcement. Do we likely get filler before #100? I prefer books on a monthly schedule than twice-monthly.

This was an eventful week with rumours Tom King was off the flagship Batman book plus how he was talking up the change to Batman's status quo recently. Nobody expected this.

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Honestly, I found Morrison's run overrated until Batman and Robin.

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I had high hopes for King's run before it started, based on his Vision book. 

I waned on it after the first couple arcs and especially that jokes and riddles arc. 

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1 hour ago, Eivion said:

Honestly, I found Morrison's run overrated until Batman and Robin.

Yep.  I'm a big fan of Morrison on the whole, but I find him incredibly hit and miss.  The highs are so, so good, but a lot of his work just hasn't done it for me.  

One of the articles on King leaving Batman stated/implied that we might get less Batman but more Mister Miracle.   That's a tradeoff I can get behind. 

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20 hours ago, Eivion said:

Kind of surprised they got it set up so quickly. I'm surprised they are going back to monthly Batman. The sales aren't likely to increase so its odd to give up the extra revenue.

Yeah. You gotta figure the sales would have to be 1.5x what they are now to break even, but I'd also wager the scheduling has been extra taxing on the whole office. They seem to be getting away from formal twice monthly books.

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4 hours ago, Doc Townsend said:

Yep.  I'm a big fan of Morrison on the whole, but I find him incredibly hit and miss.  The highs are so, so good, but a lot of his work just hasn't done it for me.  

One of the articles on King leaving Batman stated/implied that we might get less Batman but more Mister Miracle.   That's a tradeoff I can get behind. 

Animal Man , Doom Patrol & We3 more than make up for the likes of Sebastian O,  Vimanarama and The Filth. And of yeah All-Star Superman too. 

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5 hours ago, odessasteps said:

Animal Man , Doom Patrol & We3 more than make up for the likes of Sebastian O,  Vimanarama and The Filth. And of yeah All-Star Superman too. 

For me Morrison works best on non a-list heroes. Loved Animal Man and Doom Patrol. Had to force myself to finish ASS,LOL is spells out ass,and didn't like it. Tried out his run on Batman and wasn't impressed.

But then I also didn't like Morrison's run on X-men.

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Morrison's Doom Patrol doesn't do it for me.  Clearly, i'm a monster.

All-Star Superman and Animal Man would make my short-list of all-time favorites.

 

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I can understand why DP is not everyone’s cup of tea. I mean, what percentage of your average comic fans would get the Brotherhood of dada? 

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All Star Superman, JLA, Batman, New X-Men, Animal Man, One Million, Final Crisis... Morrison is my favorite superhero writer.

Yet, somehow, I've never read his Doom Patrol

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I think the only Morrison mainstream I was underwhelmed by was his Flash run

James

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29 minutes ago, J.H. said:

I think the only Morrison mainstream I was underwhelmed by was his Flash run

James

You can just blame it on Millar. 😉

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50 minutes ago, odessasteps said:

You can just blame it on Millar. 😉

I like to blame Millar for stuff he didn't even write!

James

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Black Flash was a pretty cool idea, but that's about all to really recommend it.

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All double shipping books are going back to  monthly.

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10 hours ago, Brian Fowler said:

All Star Superman, JLA, Batman, New X-Men, Animal Man, One Million, Final Crisis... Morrison is my favorite superhero writer.

Yet, somehow, I've never read his Doom Patrol

Grant Morrison is my favourite superhero writer. I've read Morrison's 2006-2013 Batman run, Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, All Star Superman, Final Crisis and New X-Men. Need to read JLA and Gothic.

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Morrison is easy a top 5 pick for me in terms of superhero writers. He's up there with Waid and Claremont in terms of overall satisfaction. I'd love to see him do a run with say The Atom and really go nuts with ti!

James

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On 5/26/2019 at 11:35 AM, odessasteps said:

I can understand why DP is not everyone’s cup of tea.

Forget All Star Superman, this is easily the best abbreviation for a Morrison series. What a gift.

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Batman: Under the Hood. Batman #635-641, #645-650 and Batman Annual #25 written by Judd Winick and on art are Doug Mahnke, Shane Davis and Eric Battle. There’s a new Red Hood on the scene that is well trained after Black Mask’s control of the criminality and attacks the Joker. I knew about Jason Todd as the Red Hood having seen the film adaptation, a must see and read books referring to Todd’s return from the dead but this marked the first time reading the material it happened in.

I really liked this notable event in Batman’s 80 year history bringing Todd back who stayed dead for years as an anti-hero who kills. There’s anguish on the side of Batman and the Red Hood. Batman for not saving Jason Todd from getting murdered by the Joker and seeing Todd as a killer and Todd angry that the Joker is still alive despite what he’s done since. There’s a distinctive callback as Todd viciously beats the Joker with a crowbar as the Joker did to Jason who died in Batman: A Death in the Family (1988). The flashbacks to Jason’s time as Robin to Bruce’s Batman are well done showing there was a dark edge to Todd even then. The method Jason Todd came back by in Batman Annual #25 was predictable though that’s not a criticism of it.

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