(W) Tom King (A) Clay Mann In Shops: Jun 28, 2022 SRP: $4.99
Wedding bells are finally ringing for Batman and Catwoman! As our story concludes, the lovers prepare to take the next steps in their lives together by trading everlasting vows. The Bat/Cat wedding is here, and knowing Bruce and Selina, it’ll be anything but conventional. You won’t want to miss this final chapter of Tom King’s Batman epic!
Rob Liefeld and Image Comics have teamed up to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Prophetwith an a remastered version of Prophet #1drawn by an all-star roster of comic book talent from past and present. Image is pleased to reveal an extended preview from this exciting upcoming release.
John Prophet first debuted in July 1992 in the pages of Youngblood #2, written and drawn by Rob Liefeld. The character became an instant hit with audiences and created a demand that he star in his own showcase series featuring art by Dan Panosian from stories and layouts by Liefeld.
Prophet Remastered #1 features art by Philip Tan, Kenneth Roccafort, Clay Mann, Viktor Bogdonavic, V. Ken Marion, Marat Mychaels, Dan Fraga, Karl Altstaetter, Dan Panosian, Cory Hamscher, Thomas Hedglen, Tom Scioli, Jim Rugg, Ed Piskor, Robert Willis, Raymond Leonard, Ale Garza, Ryan Kincaid, and the legendary Liefeld himself.
In October 2021 it was announced that Jake Gyllenhaal will play John Prophet in a movie version of Prophet with Sam Hargrave directing and a script from Marc Guggenheim. Liefeld will serve as Executive Producer with Jeff Robinov of Studio 8.
Prophet #1 Remastered (Diamond Code MAY220066) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 20.
From superstar, award-winning creators Tom King and Elsa Charretier, cast popular Romance genre tropes in an unsettling Horror light in their new series Love Everlasting. This ongoing series will launch in August from Image Comics.
In Love Everlasting, Joan Peterson discovers that she is trapped in an endless, terrifying cycle of “romance”—a problem to be solved, a man to marry—and every time she falls in love she’s torn from her world and thrust into another teary saga. Her bloody journey to freedom and revelation starts in this breathtaking, groundbreaking first issue.
The series will feature a number of eye-popping variant covers showcasing the talents of such artists as: Cliff Chiang, Alison Sampson, Sean Phillips, Amanda Conner, Terry Dodson, Tula Lotay, Stjepan Šejić, Jenny Frison, Clay Mann, Leslie Hung, Matias Bergara, Mitch Gerads, and more!
Love Everlasting #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 10:
Cover A by Charretier – Diamond Code JUN220024
Cover B by Clay Mann – Diamond Code JUN220025
Cover C by Charretier – Diamond Code JUN220026
Cover D by Tula Lotay – Diamond Code JUN220027
Cover E by Jenny Frison – Diamond Code JUN220028
Cover F (1:10 copy incentive) by Leslie Hung – Diamond Code JUN220029
Cover G (1:25 copy incentive) by Matias Bergara – Diamond Code JUN220030
Cover H (1:50 copy incentive) by Mitch Gerads – Diamond Code JUN220031
Cover I (1:100 copy incentive) by Mann – Diamond Code JUN220032
(W) Tom King (A) Clay Mann In Shops: Apr 12, 2022 SRP: $4.99
After barely escaping with one of her nine lives, Selina arrives at a crossroads. She can either continue on the path of a criminal or take a chance at being a hero like Batman. There’s just one thing she has to do: make a vow to never kill The Joker. But what could lead her to break that sacred promise years later? Find out in the penultimate issue of this critically acclaimed maxiseries!
Don’t mess with Catwoman! As our three storylines experience a rare moment of convergence, Selina fights for her life against The Joker and her own daughter, Batwoman. What secrets from her deadly friendship with the Clown Prince of Crime will cause this row between mother and child? Find out in an action-packed issue that proves this cat can fight!
The Batman/Catwoman series has been showing us the romance between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle as it has changed over their lives, but what about their connections from BEFORE they became costumed adventurers? The upcoming Batman/Catwoman Special (on shelves Tuesday January 25) traces the life of Selina Kyle from its earliest days to her entry into the criminal underworld and reveals that Bruce was a presence in her life all along. Whether fate or coincidence, it’s even more of a reason why the Bat/Cat romance is one of the most enduring love affairs in all of comics.
Now expanded to celebrate the legacy of iconic artist John Paul Leon, whose untimely passing after a long battle with cancer shocked the comics world this past May, this special will feature the work Leon completed for the original story plus tributes to the renowned artist created in his name by some of his closest friends and admirers. Bernard Chang, Shawn Crystal, Mitch Gerads, and Dave Stewart will bring the original story to its conclusion, lettered by Clayton Cowles, while comics’ top artists gather to celebrate Leon’s creative legacy through pin-up pages and essays in the special, including Lee Bermejo, Denys Cowan, Joëlle Jones, Dave Gibbons, Walter Simonson, and more.
Batman/Catwoman Special #1 will publish on January 25, 2022 with a cover by John Paul Leon and variant covers by Lee Weeks and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Original Story “Interlude”
Tom King – Writer
John Paul Leon – Artist (p.1-13), Breakdowns (14-20) and Cover
As mysteries deepen, so do resentments. Throughout her life, Catwoman’s actions have caused many close to her to doubt her motivations. Bruce Wayne, Phantasm, and now her daughter have all had their suspicions about her deals with The Joker. And when she killed the old clown, did it trigger this feline’s ninth life? Or maybe it was really over all those years ago, the first time Phantasm drew her blood and Batman had to face a harsh truth. There are big revelations waiting to be found here at the halfway point in Tom King and Clay Mann’s final word on the Bat/Cat romance!
Batman’s two loves collide, and the smash-up could be dangerous not just for the Caped Crusader, but for The Joker as well. In order to prove her mission is righteous, Phantasm takes Catwoman out on a hit against one of the men responsible for the disappearance of her son. Unfortunately for Selina Kyle, this isn’t the first time she’s gone behind Batman’s back to try to do the right thing, so she’s far too aware of how bad a turn this whole affair could take. Also, in the future, it’s Harley Quinn, ready to avenge Mistah J!
There’s a lot to like about Batman/Catwoman. The concept of exploring Batman and Catwoman through three eras has a lot of promise. Bringing Phantasm into DC continuity also has promise. But, the execution of the series has been frustrating at times and during others outright confusing. Batman/Catwoman #4 bounces around its storylines to the point I’ve forgotten what’s going on when. It also features one of the strangest moments of Catwoman just walking into Phantasm’s lair.
Tom King continues to try to explore Batman and Catwoman’s complicated relationship but delivers so little in the issue. There are some rough emotional moments like Batman realizing Catwoman has been holding information back. There’s also a solid moment where Catwoman lashes out for what is her mistake. But a plot involving their daughter and Catwoman and Phantasm just goes nowhere and delivers nothing. Any of these stories could have been solid on their own and fleshed out. But, as presented, Batman/Catwoman #4 continues a series that’s too choppy for its own good. It’s attempting to play with the various time periods and delivers little beyond frustrations as it’s presented.
Clay Mann‘s art is the draw. Along with Tomeu Morey‘s colors and lettering by Clayton Cowles, it’s the visuals that are the highlight. There’s a tension that’s delivered in the art that’s fantastic as Batman and Catwoman, Bruce and Selina, must balance their dual lives. There’s also a sexiness to it all that is used often but not overused per issue. The team also delivers a fantastic emphasis on key moments such as an older Selina confronting an older Penguin. A particular scene is delivered in a page when it could have been done off panel with characters looking on. The choice is an interesting one visually that changes the scene.
Batman/Catwoman #4 isn’t a bad comic. It’s just a frustrating one. It feels like two of the three plotlines don’t really go anywhere and at least one will have you asking what the point is. Any of the three stories would be solid on their own as a trilogy of comics. But, as presented, they’re chopped up too much never delivering enough to really satisfy.
Story: Tom King Art: Clay Mann Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles Story: 7.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
The Joker has hidden a bomb in Gotham-but there might be a bigger explosion if Batman proves his suspicions true, and Catwoman actually knows where it is! It’s a dangerous secret that threatens to destroy the couple’s relationship in its early days, and it’s going to reverberate throughout their time together. In the present day, it will affect how Selina handles Andrea Beaumont, a.k.a. Phantasm, who has a vendetta to carry out against the Clown Prince of Crime, fueled by the righteous fury of a mother who lost her son. And this whole chain of events is what ultimately leads to Catwoman killing The Joker in the future-a secret she can’t keep from her daughter, Batwoman, much longer. Particularly now that old man Penguin is involved.