Back in May, it was announced Tom King’s run on Batman was ending sooner than we thought. King would depart the series and wrap up his story in the pages of a 12-issue Batman/Catwoman series with Clay Mann doing the art. This was exciting news on its own but left the question as to who would take over on Batman once King left?
With today marking the annual “Batman Day,” DC Comics decided to reveal details on the new creative team.
At a book signing and panel at New York’s Barnes & Noble Union Square, DC Publisher Dan DiDio shared the news. James Tynion IV will take over Batman along with penciller and main cover artist Tony Daniel, inker Danny Miki, and Tomeu Morey on colors beginning in January 2020.
This team is no stranger to the Dark Knight. Tony Daniel has drawn (and written) Batman countless times. Miki and Morey have added their touches to Batman many times as well. Tynion has excelled at telling Batman stories in titles such as Batman Eternal, Detective Comics, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc. This time things will be a little different. Tynion is interested in telling stories that will focus mainly on Batman/Bruce Wayne rather than an ensemble cast.
Tynion made the following statement:
“I want to dig deep into the Bat himself and tell an epic story that pushes him to his absolute limits. I want to tell a Batman story like the kinds I grew up loving, one that embraces the horror and gothic elegance of Gotham and dives deep into Batman’s greatest villains.”
The new creative team takes over on issue #86 of Batman, on sale January 8, 2020. What do you think of this announcement?