DC has confirmed Tom King's upcoming departure from the core Batman title - but revealed that his Dark Knight stories will continue in a 12-issue Batman/Catwoman series drawn by Clay Mann that is scheduled to debut in January 2020.
"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."
December's Batman #85 will be Tom King's final issue of the title, however DC is not revealing who will take his place for #86 and after. The one thing DC does emphasize is that Batman will revert from its twice-monthly shipping back to monthly issues come January 2020.
"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."
King describes his Batman/Catwoman book as an "ambitious, accessible, beautiful, thrilling" series that will conlude his "years of stories."
"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," said King. "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."
Harras confirmed that Joelle Jones' Catwoman series will continue concurrent to King and Mann's Batman/Catwoman.