Last month, writer Tom King’s planned 100-issue Batman run was seemingly cut short. In its place, King and artist Clay Mann will launch a 12-issue Batman/Catwoman miniseries that will wrap up the extended run. Now, King and Mann have shared an updated cover for Batman/Catwoman #1 that reveals a familiar foe: the Phantasm.
Phantasm first appeared in 1993, in the animated feature, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, which spun off of Batman: The Animated Series. While Phantasm has appeared in a handful of comics that shared continuity with the movie, this will mark the character’s debut in the DC universe. As seen on King’s Twitter account, the cover image calls back to the Phantasm’s deadly catchphrase: “Your angel of death awaits.”
January 2020 pic.twitter.com/XGRstGFINu
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) June 11, 2019
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Although the teaser image doesn’t confirm who will be beneath the Phantasm’s mask, it does confirm that she’s a woman. Within the film, Phantasm was Andrea Beaumont, Bruce Wayne’s first love. Andrea and Bruce were engaged to be married before he fully committed to being Batman. However, the murder of Andrea’s father caused her to end the engagement and pursue vengeance as the Phantasm. Andrea’s rejection pushed Bruce to embrace his destiny as the Dark Knight. Mask of the Phantasm is loosely based on Batman: Year Two, which also featured a similar villain called the Reaper.
Batman/Catwoman #1 will be released in comic book stores in January 2020.
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