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First look at new Batman creative team James Tynion and Tony S. Daniel’s run reveals Deathstroke and Cheshire

First up on the menu for Batman in 2020 under the new creative team: the return of Deathstroke!

DC announced the new Batman creative team of writer James Tynion IV and artist Tony S. Daniel at the end of last month (set to take over when Tom King’s current run ends with issue #86); today, via The Hollywood Reporter, the covers and solicitations were revealed for the team’s first two issues (Batman #86 and #87), shedding some more light on what Tynion describes as “an epic story that pushes [Batman] to his absolute limits. I want to tell a Batman story like the kinds I grew up loving, one that embraces the horror and gothic elegance of Gotham and dives deep into Batman’s greatest villains.”

Batman #86

Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Tony S. Daniel and Danny Miki
Cover by Tony S. Daniel
Release Date Jan. 8, 2020
Price/Page count $3.99 US | 32 pages

It’s a new day in Gotham City, but not the same old Batman. With Bane vanquished and one of his longtime allies gone, Batman has to start picking up the pieces and stepping up his game. Batman has a new plan for Gotham City, but he’s not the only one. Deathstroke has returned as well, under a mysterious new contract that could change everything.

Beginning a whole new chapter in the life of the Dark Knight, the epic art team of Tony S. Daniel and Danny Miki are joined by new series writer James Tynion IV!

Batman #87

Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Tony S. Daniel and Danny Miki
Cover by Tony S. Daniel
Release Date Jan. 22, 2020
Price/Page count $3.99 US | 32 pages

The Riddler has been lying low since his humiliating defeat as part of Bane’s army — but as costumed assassins start to make their way into Gotham City, Edward Nygma may have the answers he’s been looking for. Or at least, the answer to why Deathstroke is trying to kill him! Is it possible that Batman’s tussle with Slade Wilson was all just a ruse to get the killer closer to his true target?

What do you think of the covers/solicits for Batman #86 and #87? Are you looking forward to Tynion and Daniel’s run? Will you be sad to see Tom King’s run come to a conclusion? Sound off in the comments.

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