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22 covers (and counting) for Batman/Catwoman #1

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The long-awaited Batman/Catwoman series will debut in December with an array of variant covers - currently set for 20, by a variety of artists including Ejikure (previewed above). This series by Tom King and Clay Mann is one of several new Batman comics coming out in the next few months.

Scheduled to go on sale December 1, Batman/Catwoman #1 is the romance-infused continuation/conclusion of King's two-year run on DC's Dark Knight which originally began in the ongoing Batman title, and ran for 85 issues.

"At last, Tom King returns to the rocky, romantic saga of Batman and Catwoman with his Heroes in Crisis collaborator, superstar artist Clay Mann!" reads DC's solicitation for the first issue. 

"Echoing plot points from King's epic Batman run, this sweeping tale is told across three timelines: the past, when the Bat and the Cat first fell in love; the present, where their union is threatened by one of Batman's lost loves; and the future, where the couple have a happy life and legacy-including their daughter Helena, the Batwoman. And as the story begins, after a long marriage, Bruce Wayne passes away-which frees Selina Kyle to settle an old score."

Mann has drawn the primary cover, with variant covers coming from Jim Lee/Scott Williams, Travis Charest, Jen Bartel, Gabrielle Dell'Otto, Bruce Timm, Ejikure, David Finch, Francesco Mattina, Lucio Parrillo, Ryan Brown, Ryan Kincaid, Scott Williams/Jim Lee, and Warren Louw.

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The series will feature the Joker (as "an welcome chaperone," according to DC), as well as the villain of the iconic '90s animated film Batman: Enter the Phantasm, the Phantasm herself, Andrea Beaumont.

"She's central to the story [of Batman/Catwoman]. Issue #1 will be her first appearance in the DCU, and we want to honor how good that movie is, and what a cool and frightening character she is," King said recently. "After this one, there will be a lot of Phantasm stories coming, so we want to set the bar high. In summary, I'm feeling a lot of pressure."

Batman/Catwoman #1 (of 12) goes on sale December 1.

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Chris Arrant

Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table.