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Superstar artists step in to make Batman/Catwoman Special a tribute to the late John Paul Leon

Batman/Catwoman Special #1 cover
Batman/Catwoman Special #1 cover (Image credit: John Paul Leon (DC))

Some of comics' great artists are stepping in to finish Batman/Catwoman Special #1, the last known project of the late John Paul Leon before his untimely passing.

Leon's colleagues from the artistic collective the BLVD, Bernard Chang and Tommy Lee Edwards, have signed on to draw unfinished portions of Batman/Catwoman Special #1, as has Strange Adventures artist Mitch Gerads. They and others also plan to draw tributes to the artist to be included in the book's publication.

With these revised plans now in place to finish the issue, DC has scheduled Batman/Catwoman Special #1 to go on sale on January 25, 2022.

Originally planned as a Christmas-themed standalone complement to the main Batman/Catwoman maxiseries by Tom King, Clay Mann, and Liam Sharp, Batman/Catwoman Special #1 is written by King. 

Here are two of Leon's pages from Batman/Catwoman Special #1:

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Batman/Catwoman Special #1

(Image credit: John Paul Leon (DC))

Batman/Catwoman Special #1 pages

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Batman/Catwoman Special #1

(Image credit: John Paul Leon (DC))

Following the initial publication of this article, King tweeted that "This is still getting made and released, incredible artists are working on it as I type. It's been delayed because we’re making sure we get it right in terms paying tribute to JP. Some of that work takes time. It's worth it."

Batman/Catwoman (and by extension, Batman/Catwoman Special #1) takes place in an alternate universe slightly disconnected from DC's main universe but coming tangentially off Tom King's recent Batman run. In this Elseworlds story, Bruce and Selina reunited after she left him at the altar - going on to eventually get married (and have a kid even).

According to limited information shared by DC, the Batman/Catwoman Special was to be a flashback that explores previously unknown deeper connections between Bruce and Selina as children and teenagers, before they even became vigilantes.

Leon illustrated the primary cover to Batman/Catwoman Special #1, with variant covers by Lee Weeks and Bill Sienkiewicz. Check them out here:

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Batman/Catwoman Special #1

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Batman/Catwoman Special #1 covers

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Batman/Catwoman Special #1

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Batman/Catwoman Special #1

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