Certainly a strange time for all things DC. One thing of note that is happening is the shortened Batman run for writer Tom King, who everyone thought was doing a one hundred issue run on the series, one that goes back all the way to the beginning of DC Comics’ Rebirth back in May of 2016. Since then he has also written the two mini-series the critically acclaimed Mister Miracle and Heroes In Crisis. Also let’s not forget his recently announced team up with Ava DuVernay to write a New Gods film. As reported earlier, his run on Batman will now end with issue #85 but it’s said that he will be working on other projects for DC.
One of those projects immediately following the end of his Batman run will be a twelve issue mini-series where he will team up once again with one of my favorite artists Clay Mann to bring us Batman/Catwoman, debuting January 2020. Today via Mann’s Twitter we got an awesome piece of artwork featuring what would seem to be the antagonist of the series. Check it out below!
Look familiar? It’s the antagonist from the 1993 animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Andrea Beaumont aka Phantasm. She takes on the Phantasm character looking to take revenge on the Joker for the murder of her father. In this image we can see many of the characters familiar traits like the cloak, mask, glowing eyes and her bladed weapon. In which we can see the reflection of both Batman and Catwoman. As always this is great artwork by Mann.
Phantasm was created by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett specifically for this film, but she has also briefly appeared in Justice League Unlimited. This will not be the Phantasm’s first appearance in comics as she made her debut in DC Comics’ The Batman and Robin Adventures Annual #1 in November of 1996 written by Paul Dini with artwork by Dev Madan, Mike Parobeck and Ty Templeton.
Despite all the shuffling going on at DC, I have enjoyed King’s run on Batman and his work with Mitch Gerads on Mister Miracle. Heroes in Crisis, not so much. I think the addition of the Phantasm is really cool and look forward to see what King has in store for both Bruce and Selina.
Are you looking forward to seeing the Phantasm once again? Let us know in the comment section below!
DC Comics’ Batman/Catwoman #1 drops this upcoming January, 2020 in comic book stores everywhere.
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