Sunday, June 9, 2013

DC Comics Announces Villains Month

Villains Rule the DC Universe in September

June 9, 2013  •   by Troy Dove    •    Subculture Comics

David Finch's cover for "Forever Evil."
This September, in celebration of the two-year anniversary of the New 52 relaunch, DC Comics has created a special treat for DC Fans – “Villains Month” – a month where the DC Villains rule the universe. 

The month will kick off with the launch of “Forever Evil,” the beginning of a seven-part mini-series led by Geoff Johns and David Finch. The first issue will pick up right after the events of “Trinity War,” and with the Justice League out of commission it is the perfect opportunity for the Villains take control.

“’Forever Evil' is a chance for David and I to work on all the greatest villains in comic books," Johns stated in an interview with US Today. “I don't even know if there's anybody not in it. We're really exploring what darkness means and the different kinds of darkness that are within these villains."

The New 52 was launched in September of 2011 and every September, DC does a little something special to celebrate the relaunching of the DC universe. In 2012, September marked the #0 Month, which highlighted the origins of DC’s heroes. Now, with DC’s “Villains Month,” fans finally get a chance to see how universe would be if the Villains were in control. 
"Villain Month" cover of Batman.

DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio noted in a statement to Buzzfeed that “Villains Month” will feature villains both new and old. “"You’re going to see some new villains that haven’t been introduced in the New 52 here - but you won’t be seeing anybody for the first time” said DiDio. " You’ll basically see a real cross section of all the villains that we felt represent the strength of the DC line."

"Villain Month" cover of Superman.
“Villains Month,” spans across all 52 DC titles, replacing the superhero in each issue with a villain associated with each comic’s storyline. To make the event even more memorable, DC will produce a 3D Motion Cover for each issue which will create a lenticular illusion to spotlight each villain
“It’s an incredible 3D effect that shows depth of field on the covers,” said Didio. “It’s the full cover stock, so it’s not anything that’s been glued on. More importantly, it’s actually pliable and soft to the touch - it’s a brand new technology and we’re going to be the first ones debuting in this fashion.”

While a few covers have been leaked to the press, fans will have to wait until September to see all the titles.

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