After days of rumors and conjecture, DC has confirmed that writer TOM KING will depart the mainline Batman series after the title’s 85th issue, but his Dark Knight stewardship will continue with the 12-issue miniseries Batman/Catwoman set to debut in January 2020 with artist and frequent collaborator Clay Mann.

“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.”

Despite announcing King’s forthcoming departure from the bestselling series, DC has yet to reveal who will take over once the title begins shipping monthly in 2020.

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