Mask of the Phantasm returns in Batwoman/Catwoman #1
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Mask of the Phantasm Returns
Allow me to be honest for a minute. I could not give two holy shits about a continuation of the Batwoman/Catwoman love story. But I have a lot of fucks to give about Mask of the Phantasm.
In my view, the sexual chemistry of one Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle has always been so intoxicating. So much so, the two of them being together would be one big recipe for disaster. It was always about the what if they got together and not the ‘when.’ The forbidden love story has always made for better story telling. From the age old tale of Romeo and Juliet right through to Firefly’s Mal and Inara Serra.
Yet here we are, with Writers and DC Comics Brass insisting on making this pipe dream a reality. Oh well, at least we’re getting the Phantasm back, right?
Millennial DC Comics’ Fans will remember the mammoth achievement of The Mask of the Phantasm (1993). Directed by DCTV legends Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm. Starring Kevin Conroy as Batman and Dana Delany as Andrea Beaumont aka The Phantasm. All caught up? Good let’s get back to this Batwoman/Catwoman cluster fuck.
If we are to be thankful of anything that Batwoman/Catwoman is going to introduce us to – it’s the reintroduction of Phantasm. This comic book is a crime story told across three separate timelines with heavy weights Tom King, Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey returning to the romantic saga of Batman and Catwoman. In essence, continuing the story they began in the pages of Batman!
This is where it gets interesting.
The timeline that is set in the present will feature the titular Phantasm character Andrea Beaumont and will call into question how Bruce and Selina choose to operate in their costumed and personal lives. Because any move by Phantasm could change the fate of Bruce and Selina’s future irrevocably.
Batman/Catwoman, by Tom King, Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey and Clayton Cowles, edited by Jamie S. Rich and Brittany Holzherr, will launch a 12-issue run on December 1, 2020, with a cover by Mann and Morey and a variant cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair.
New issues will ship monthly with a skip month planned for a Batman/Catwoman Special in June 2021, and the series will carry DC’s Black Label content descriptor, indicating content appropriate for readers ages 17+.
I’ll read this for the Return of Mask of the Phantasm. Nothing more.
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