The Bad Guys Are Taking Over: DC Rolls Out 3D Covers For Villain Month And Forever Evil
It wasn’t a well kept secret, but DC have finally announced that this September will be villain month. 52 villains will be taking over all of the comics in the wake of the Trinity War. All of the big bads will be looking to move in on the power vacuum left after the final blows of the big Justice League crossover event have been dealt. BuzzFeed and USA Today rolled out the 3D covers and got a few words from Dan DiDo, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, and David Finch about what’s coming.
So what is villain month? Why are we going to see bad guys coming out of the woodwork to beat up heroes and steal their comics? Well we’ve mentioned the Trinity War, but villain month will lead in to another big event called Forever Evil by Geoff Johns and David Finch. DiDio explains why:
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 relaunch 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.
You’ll see a story taking place over the summer called Trinity War, and there are events that take place at the conclusion that will launch us into our first major cross over in the New 52, which is called Forever Evil. Forever Evil is primarily focused on all the villains of the DC Universe. We couldn’t think of any better way to showcase the villains than spotlighting them in this fashion.
Forever Evil is going to be a seven issue series. DiDo and Lee teased that something big is going to happen and there will be earth-shattering consequences. One of DC‘s “major recognizable characters will be affected in a very dramatic way.” No clues on who that will be, but we will probably see hints during villain month and the start of Forever Evil. USA Today had a rundown on some of the tie-ins for Forever Evil:
The goings-on in Forever Evil will spill into other comics such as Teen Titans and Suicide Squad, and in October, three five-issue tie-in books will launch:
Forever Evil: Rogues. Writer Brian Buccellato (The Flash) and Patrick Zircher (Suicide Squad) put the spotlight on the Flash’s colorful and infamous gang of Rogues, led by Captain Cold — a particular favorite of Johns, the former Flash writer, as well as Finch. “I just love his mask,” the artist says. “He looks very steely and a little bit dead in the eye, which is very evil.”
Forever Evil: Arkham War. “The biggest story with Bat-villains you’ve ever seen,” as Johns describes it, features the creative team of Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps) and Scot Eaton (X-Men).
Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) pens a title featuring the government agency Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans. DC comic fans have seen increasingly shady things the group’s been doing, and Steve Trevor will be learning about those as the audience does. “His heart is good,” Johns says, “and if ARGUS has a chance of rising above what it is right now and becoming a heroic force in the future, it’s up to Steve Trevor.”
Geoff Johns teased that two of the biggest characters in Forever Evil will be Lex Luthor and…Catwoman! Whether it only relates to her story or the femme fatale didn’t really die in Justice League of America remains to be seen. Also worth noting in BuzzFeed‘s interview is the news about one villain NOT showing up. There will be a lot of villains, but one that will not be involved in any of the Bat Family books is Hush. DiDo said that they have big plans for the character down the line and they didn’t want to premiere him with this particular story. So there’s something to be on the lookout for.
So here are the 3D covers. The special covers will come with a price tag of $3.99 across the line. So you’ll be paying an extra buck for some of your comics. The covers are full cover stock with the art separated into different layers. When you move the cover back and forth, you’ll see it in 3D like the gifs below. What do you think of villain month?