At the beginning of February, Bleeding Cool heard a rumour that DC Comics was to launch a new title, Harley Quinn And Batman. We already knew that Harley Quinn was getting a new comic book series in March, by Stephanie Phillips and Riley Rossmo, but was there more to come?
We said this was maybe on the sketchier side. That it could be digital-only, a back-up strip, its own series or a misunderstanding. But that whatever it actually was, wherever it is, whoever is creating it, that it will continue the love story of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, that caused ructions within DC Comics between those who wanted it to continue and those who preferred a more "back to basics" approach.
After publishing the article, Stephanie Phillips did a little subtweet, pushed by DC PR representative Clark Bull.
FOC is this Sunday and the story will continue in the pages of the Harley ongoing. pic.twitter.com/51QEHL1C2Y
— Stephanie Phillips (@Steph_Smash) February 5, 2021
So there you go. Of course, the Harley/Ivy scene in Batman: Urban Legends are all in flashback. But where did the idea that this story may continue in something called Harley Quinn And Batman? Well, it might all depend how you interpret this from the final page of the story, out this Tuesday.
So… is this a new comic called Harley Quinn And Batman? Or was the AND boldened when it shouldn't have been and they are just talking about two existing titles, Harley Quinn and Batman?
BATMAN URBAN LEGENDS #1 CVR A HICHAM HABCHI
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Hicham Habchi
Batman may be the biggest name in Gotham City, but there are lots of other heroes—and villains—who will get a turn to shine in Batman: Urban Legends, a brand-new monthly series tying into the biggest events in Gotham City. The series begins with these can't-miss tales: Superstar writer Chip Zdarsky enters the world of Gotham City with celebrated Detective Comics and DC Future State: Robin Eternal artist Eddy Barrows for a six-part story chronicling Red Hood's investigation of a new drug sweeping through Gotham. It's a night that will change his life forever—and put him in Batman's crosshairs. Writer of the DC Future State "Grifters" story Matthew Rosenberg picks up where he left off, continuing from the pages of Batman #101! Superstar artist Ryan Benjamin joins the team as we learn why Cole Cash is in Gotham in a tale that hints at what Halo might be…and we also get Batman vs. Grifter—round two! New Harley Quinn writer Stephanie Phillips and DC Future State: The Next Batman artist Laura Braga join forces for a Harley tale set just before the launch of her new series. Harley's determined to sort out her history with Poison Ivy—but first, she'll have to find her! Coming off the DC Future State "Outsiders" tale, writer Brandon Thomas begins a three-part saga reuniting Black Lightning, Katana, and Metamorpho. But this reunion quickly turns into a confrontation with a figure from Katana's past, in a story drawn by fan-favorite artist Max Dunbar (Champions, Dungeons and Dragons, Judge Dredd)! Retail: $7.99
Harley Quinn has had two simultaneous series before, when Harley's Little Black Book was running, and has been appearing in a number of Black Label comic books as well, even as her own series was cancelled earlier in 2020. The Future State two-issue series seems to have lit a little fire under Harley Quinn demand – and it seems that DC Comics has also realised that there are enough Harley/Ivy fans to keep some kind of storyline going there as well. Maybe they watched the TV show? More – or less – as we have it.