Dawn of DC continues in the fall with a crossover between Gotham’s most tumultuous couple.
DC Comics has announced a new crossover coming in the fall — Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War, part of their Dawn of DC publishing initiative. The story will run through two one-shots, the regular Batman and Catwoman titles, and a miniseries that will focus on The Red Hood.
Chip Zdarsky and Tini Howard, writers of Batman and Catwoman, have been working toward this story since they each started on their respective title.
“From the moment Tini and I started working on these titles, we realized we had a huge opportunity to build toward something that would shake up the power structure of Gotham City,” Zdarsky said. “The Gotham War is just that: relationships explode, relationships are formed, and it all leads to massive changes! Being able to take these kinds of big swings together has been extremely exciting.”
DC celebrates 30 years of Harley with a new creative team and more.
As DC celebrates 30 years of Harley Quinn — she first appeared on Batman: TheAnimated Series in 1992 — they’ve announced that next March, Tini Howard and Sweeney Boo will take over the Harley Quinn ongoing series.
Neither creator is a stranger to Gotham City, as Howard currently writes Catwoman and will write the upcoming Punchline miniseries. And Boo was the artist for the Punchline back-ups that ran in The Joker’s recent ongoing series.
Lyra Bloodstone will join her siblings Elsa and Cullen to battle the forces of evil this January.
Next month The Death of Doctor Strange miniseries wraps up, revealing the identity of his murderer. But January also brings the final tie-in one-shot to for the event series, Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone, which puts the spotlight on the monster-hunting Bloodstone family.
Notable among this family are Ulysses Bloodstone, the once-immortal, now deceased father who first appeared in Marvel Presents back in 1975; his daughter Elsa Bloodstone, who was introduced in 2001 and later appeared in Nextwave and Fearless Defenders; and her younger brother Cullen Bloodstone, who debuted in Avengers Arena and can transform into a monster called a Glartrox.
And come January, Marvel will introduce their long-lost sister Lyra Bloodstone, whose “unique Blood gem” gives her awesome powers and makes her a target.
The one-shot by Tini Howard and Francesco Mobili arrives next February.
Remember the fan vote Marvel held to see who the new member of the X-Men would be? Polaris went on to win, but all the losers runner ups are getting a chance at the spotlight in Secret X-Men.
The one-shot will feature Strong Guy, Forge, Tempo (our choice!), Boom-Boom, Marrow, Armor, Cannonball, Sunspot and Banshee teaming up for a secret mission, written by Tini Howard and drawn by Francesco Mobili.
“We had to do it, yeah? And I jumped at the chance to tell the story while I had the time,” Howard told Marvel.com. “Cannonball was my vote, and Strong Guy? Tempo? Boom-Boom? This is the perfect team for an intergalactic X-Men mission. I hope they didn’t forget anything important!”
Selina Kyle returns to Gotham City in January to do what she does best.
DC’s ongoing Catwoman title will see a change in its creative team this January, as writer Tini Howard, artist Nico Leon and colorist Jordie Bellaire take over the title with issue #39.
The new team will take Catwoman back to Gotham City, promising Catwoman will be “doing what she does best: stealing from crime bosses, and looking fine while doing it.”
“I don’t want to go too far into what we’re doing in the book yet – Selina and I agree that there’s nothing more tantalizing than a taste – but you should know that I came in with a lot of plans,” Howard said in her Substack newsletter. “I’m building to a Catwoman-centric tale the likes that Gotham has never seen. The shape of this story, what makes it required reading for Selina Kyle’s life all became so clear to me as a I worked on this. I’m standing on the shoulders of giants who told myfavorite Catwoman tales like Brubaker, Cooke and Valentine, and I’m so grateful.“
The anthology will feature new stories by Kieron Gillen, Olivier Coipel, Steve Orlando, Anthony Oliveira, Tini Howard, Vita Ayala, Kris Anka, Javier Garrón and more.
Marvel has announced their plans for Pride Month, which include a new issue of their Marvel Voices featuring their “first-ever queer-centered special spotlighting Marvel’s growing tapestry of LGBTQ+ characters.” They also plan to have a series of variant covers drawn by Phil Jimenez.
Contributors to the anthology issue include Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, Kieron Gillen, Olivier Coipel, Steve Orlando, Anthony Oliveira, Tini Howard, Vita Ayala, Kris Anka, Javier Garrón and Luciano Vecchio, who provides the issue’s cover.
Mutants get down to business in a new title by Tini Howard and Alberto Foche.
The X-Corporation, a concept introduced back in 2002 during Grant Morrison’s run on X-Men, is coming back in a big way. Marvel has announced that X-Corp, which will tie into the current X-Men line overseen by Jonathan Hickman, will debut as an ongoing title in May.
Tini Howard, the writer of Excalibur, will join artist Alberto Foche (Dan Dare) on the title. This title has been rumored since the launch of the Hickman-era titles, which Howard addressed with Marvel.com.
“Hello! Some of you have been waiting a while for this book, and I’m the one to blame. I first pitched this story because I absolutely love the weird corporate world within Marvel Comics — specifically books like New X-Men, All-New X-Factor, and the history of what the X-Corporation was before. But in a new mutant era of gates and deals, X-Corp‘s ‘corporate embassy’ is a bit obsolete — and I refuse to sell you guys anything I wouldn’t buy myself,” Howard said.
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Marvel is hyping up their next X-Men event with some new promo art for X-Men: X of Swords, which was announced right before the pandemic at C2E2. Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard and Pepe Larraz bring you X-Men: X of Swords: Creation #1 in September.
In San Diego this weekend, Marvel revealed the details of what the X-titles would look like after these two miniseries end, announcing six titles and their creative teams. The titles will kick off in October and November.
“House of X and Powers of X lay the groundwork for a whole new world of X-Men stories for years to come, and the Dawn of X books are the promise of that new world come to life,” X-Men Senior Editor Jordan D. White told Marvel.com. “They are the start of the new era that will change how we think of the X-Men and the kinds of stories we tell with them. It all begins here.”