Villains Month Announced for DC Comics This September
DC Comics are continuing their annual September Sales Stunt thingy this year by bringing us Villains Month, where each of the 52 comics will be taken over by a major super-villain. Not only that, but there will be a new crossover mini-series called Forever Evil spinning out of September as well. So yeah, pretty big happenings at DC this fall.
One can only hope we get Sidekicks Month next year!
Anyway, this all sounds pretty cool to me. I’m all for DC trying something new every September to boost sales, and everybody loves a good villain story. Maybe it’ll even convince me to try out some new comics to see how it works, and that would be the whole point, right? That first link shows off a lot of the villains that will be taking over. We’ll see the Joker in the pages of Batman, Two-Face in Batman and Robin, Poison Ivy in Detective Comics, Cyborg Superman in Action Comics, Darkseid in Justice League, Gorilla Grodd in Flash, and many more.
Knowing my luck, Teen Titans will probably feature one of those lame new villains Scott Lobdell created for the series, like Diesel.
Check out more after the jump!
Along with a lot of these classic villains, it looks like we’ll also get the first New 52 appearances of Bizarro in Superman and, surprisingly, the Creeper in Justice League Dark. Check out the freaky new look of the Creeper!
What’s up with that? And why is he troubling Justice League Dark? In the old continuity, the Creeper was TV reporter Jack Ryder, whose freaky appearance and powers were the result of drugs and a Halloween costume. But this new Creeper looks to be some kind of mystical monster. Might he be getting a new, rebooted origin?
Bizarro, meanwhile, looks pretty cool in a Bizarro version of Superman’s original jeans & t-shirt Action Comics appearance.
I definitely approve of Bizarro’s look, but I don’t know about the Creeper. I’m not sold by that cover alone. And I doubt the origins will be all that good, because I’m simply disappointed by DC these days. But I have hope, and isn’t hope enough?
As for the crossover series Forever Evil? I just don’t know what to think, honestly. It’s being billed as the first full universe crossover of the New 52 era, which is probably true, if we don’t county this Summer’s Trinity War. Forever Evil is going to star Lex Luthor and Catwoman (who I guess isn’t going to stay dead), and it’s going to be written and drawn by Geoff Johns and David Finch, who I thought were terrible together on Justice League of America. So could it be crap? Totally. But according to that USA Today article, Forever Evil might be where all of Geoff Johns’ recent big ideas start coming together.
“Forever Evil is a chance for David and I to work on all the greatest villains in comic books. It’s literally everybody. I don’t even know if there’s anybody not in it,” Johns says. “We’re really exploring what darkness means and the different kinds of darkness that are within these villains.”
Frequent readers of my comic book reviews will know that I’ve been complaining about how Johns seems to have this mental map of the DC Universe in his head, about how everything ties together, but he’s absolutely terrible about sharing that map with the readers. It’s been a real drag, as far as I’m concerned. So maybe this is where he finally ties all the pieces together. Doesn’t mean I have any real interest in reading Forever Evil just yet. But I will try to remain hopefully cautious.
Also, there will be three extra mini-series running alongside Forever Evil, starring the Rogues, the Arkham Asylum villains and ARGUS. I doubt I’ll be picking up any of those, but again, we’ll see.
What do you guys and girls think of this announcement? Exciting stuff? Or just another weak attempt by DC to prop up their floundering universe? I think I’m somewhere in the middle.