It’s good to be bad at DC Comics!
Two years after their New 52 re-launch, DC will hand all of their titles over to some of the biggest scoundrels in the comic universe as part of Villains Month in September 2013. Adding a “.1” to their numbering to distinguish them from the main storylines (e.g. Green Arrow #23.1 = Count Vertigo #1), the month-long takeover will also feature a 3D motion image on the front and back covers of each Villains Month issue.
DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are excited about the big event, as DiDio told BuzzFeed:
“When we launched the New 52 in September of 2011, we decided to do something different and daring each September to draw attention to our line and really focus on what our goals are for the year. What we did back in 2011 was re-launch our entire line. In 2012, we went back and looked at all our heroes with Zero Month and told some early stories and origins. This September we wanted to try something a little different and really explore our villain base, and show the challenges our heroes face with every story and every issue, because of the strength of the characters taking over their books in that month.”
About the 3D covers, Lee added:
“[I]t’s essentially artwork that’s been separated onto different layers, so when you hold the cover, which is a premium stock cover, and you slightly rotate the comic book left or right or up and down, the images move a bit. They’re amazing covers. It’s an effect that you haven’t seen before. Any time in the past that they’ve done specialty covers, you would only get like a small trading card size image on the cover that was a hologram or lenticular bit of technology. This is the whole cover and it is amazing. The colors and the depth of field allows you to actually see the logo of the new book. Let’s say the Joker is taking over, it’ll be the Batman title in the background, and you’ll see the Joker title splattered on top of the Batman logo itself. It really sells the concept in a very visual way.”
In addition to Villains Month, September 2013 will also see the launch of the first line-wide New 52 event “Forever Evil,” a Geoff Johns and David Finch seven-part mini-series taking place in the aftermath of the Justice League Trinity War events this summer. It includes every villain you can possibly think of, with Johns quoted saying the series includes “literally everybody.” The Forever Evil series will be expanded by three five-issue mini-series’ in October: Rogues featuring the Flash rogues, Arkham War about the baddest of the Batman baddies, and A.R.G.U.S about Justice League’s Steve Trevor.
Will you be into Villains Month? Which baddies do you want to see in control of your favourite New 52 lines? Let me know in the comments, or on Twitter @SamMaggs!