DC Comics made a couple of unexpected announcements Friday afternoon, revealing high-profile new assignments for veteran writer Ann Nocenti, one of only two women writers working on the publisher's DCU line of comics at the moment, and artist-turned-writer/artist Tony S. Daniel.

Nocenti will be taking over the writing chores on Catwoman starting with September's #0 issue, the one with the much remarked upon cover by Guillem March. That issue was originally announced last month with current Catwoman writer Judd Winick (who is moving on to another DC title and an all-ages book of his own creation) attached.A long-time comics writer and editor, Nocenti is probably best remembered for her four-year run on Daredevil from 1987-1991. She started her career at Marvel as an assistant editor, and she did much of her earliest comics writing there.

For DC, she wrote a Kid Eternity monthly for the Vertigo imprint and, most recently, she inherited the just-relaunched "New 52" version of Green Arrow from J.T. Krul (and fill-in writers Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens) with its seventh issue.

Nocenti previously wrote Catwoman in the 2004, two-issue miniseries Batman/Catwoman: Trail of the Gun, drawn by Ethan Van Sciver.

Meanwhile, those wondering what would become of Daniel after learning that the new team of John Layman and Jason Fabok would be taking over Detective Comics from the writer/artist need wonder no longer. Daniel's next gig at DC will be a two-issue fill-in stint for Jim Lee on Justice League, drawing a script by the book's regular writer Geoff Johns.

When you're writing and drawing one of the two main Batman books, the one that the publisher named itself after, the summer there's a Batman movie in theaters, there isn't a whole heck of a lot higher one can go at DC, but the Justice League gig certainly qualifies-it remains DC's top-selling book.

Daniel will be drawing October and November's Justice League #13 and #14, which will comprise a two-issue arc introducing Wonder Woman villain The Cheetah into the New 52U. Daniel will join Gene Ha, Carlos D'Anda, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado on the list of artists who have been called in to fill-in for Lee during the book's first fourteen issues, which will make it just over a third of Lee's run on the book that has been penciled by someone other than Lee.

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