‘Joker War’ author James Tynion IV is stepping away as the lead writer of Batman with former writer for ‘The Flash’ Joshua Williamson taking over as Batman prepares to leave Gotham City. Partnering with artist Jorge Molina, they are also bringing back the classic yellow and black bat-emblem on the Dark Knight’s chest.
“I’m writing Batman!” Williamson said according to GamesRadar. “As Batman leaves Gotham, I’m starting a new storyline called ‘Abyss’ drawn by the awesome Jorge Molina.”
He added, “We’re honoring the plan that the other books in the bat-line are doing while telling a brand-new story for Bruce Wayne as Batman in the DCU.”
Williamson worked with ‘The War of Jokes and Riddles’ writer Tom King for a 2017 crossover with Batman and the Flash known as ‘The Button.’
Molina joined in saying, “The bat is out of the bag!!! I’ve been waiting to do Batman all my career and now it’s the time.” He continued, “Teaming up with the amazingly talented [Joshua Williamson] on this exciting ride where we’ll explore new adventures for the Dark Knight while bringing a classic feel to it.”
GamesRadar notes that Williamson “has already become the de facto lead writer at DC, adds Batman to an already busy portfolio of two monthly ongoings in Robin and Deathstroke Inc., along with the event series Infinite Frontier, and the limited series Future State: Gotham (with co-writer Dennis Culver) and Justice League Incarnate (also with Culver). Outside of DC, he is also guest-writing The SIlver Coin #6.”
Williamson is taking over at Batman #118 with Tynion departing to focus on his own independent content on Substack.
“A grant from Substack to create a new slate of original comic book properties directly on their platform, that my co-creators and I would own completely, with Substack taking none of the intellectual property rights, or even the publishing rights,” Tynion explained. “Instead, I’m going to dedicate my whole brain to building a bunch of really cool stuff on my own terms, without having to get permission from any publisher to make it.”
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