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For the past month or so we’ve been hearing rumors about the second anniversary of The New 52 being labeled “Villains Month” with the term “Forever Evil” floating around in recent weeks. With photos, covers and concept images detailing a portion of the announced villains (including Darla Dent, Bronze Tiger and Cyborg-Superman), DC decided to spill the beans with the official announcement of Villains Month, headlined by the seven issue miniseries entitled “Forever Evil.”

Written by the Justice League of America team of Geoff Johns and David Finch, “Forever Evil” takes place shortly after the upcoming Trinity War crossover, which finds the Justice Leagues (America, Dark, Main) out of commission and the villains taking control. The Secret Society of Super Villains and Lex Luthor will lead the crusade, but other characters like Catwoman and The Joker will also play a major part of the event. Johns is especially looking forward to the miniseries, having said this in USA Today:

“‘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. We’re really exploring what darkness means and the different kinds of darkness that are within these villains.”

Dan DiDio also had this to add:

“You’ll see Joker, you’ll see Lex Luthor, you’ll see Darkseid. You’ll see a lot of the key Batman villains as well as the key Superman villains, like Parasite and Metallo. You’ll basically see a real cross section of all the villains that we felt represent the strength of the DC line.  One of the strengths of the DC Universe has been the strength of the rogues gallery. Often times they’re as famous — if not more infamous — than our heroes.”

The events of “Forever Evil” aren’t just contained to the miniseries. Suicide Squad, Teen Titans and other books will be feeling the effects as well and it will ultimately lead to three five-issue miniseries being launched in October that will coincide with the event. Those three books?

  • Forever Evil: Rogues-Written by Brian Buccellato and drawn by Patrick Zircher, this book focuses on The Flash’s Rogues Gallery, commonly referred to as The Rogues.
  • Forever Evil: Arkham War-Written by Peter Tomasi and drawn by Scot Eaton, this book features an all out war between Batman’s Rogues Gallery.
  • Forever Evil: ARGUS-Matt Kindt heads up a story about Steve Trevor investigating ARGUS and some of their shady doings.

Kindt will also be taking over JLoA for five issues, focusing the book on Martian Manhunter instead of the usual team.

Forever Evil #1, as well as all of the other titles in The New 52, will also feature a 3D motion cover. Jim Lee had this to say about them:

 “They’re amazing covers. It’s an effect that you haven’t seen before… it’s an entire cover. 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.”

Along with the specialized covers, all books in the New 52 will be increased to $3.99 for the month. They will return to their regular prices after that.

What are your thoughts on Forever Evil? What about the 3D covers? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

8 Responses

  1. Ryan Carroll

    I love Johns and all, but the entire concept of Villain Month seems very gimmicky and forced to me–especially after DC released the covers for Batman’s Villain Month issues. It’s a good idea in theory, but to me it seems like this: In the two years since the reboot, the statuses, and, in some cases, state of existence, of many characters has been left ambiguous. Villain Month is an attempt to compensate that time of ambiguity by shoving out as many villains as DC possibly can. At least that’s how it seems to me.

  2. Travis McCollum

    I can’t really argue that point but I’m at least willing to give this event the benefit of the doubt, if only for three reasons:

    1. Martian Manhunter will be the focus of five issues of JLoA
    2. Some of the Bat-stories seem pretty interesting, especially with different teams on them
    3. October’s Argus series seems good.

    That being said, all the titles being $3.99 really does bother me. For those who don’t have the budget, it’s really going to hurt them come September.

    We’ll just have to wait and see I guess but it at least seems better than WTF month so that’s…something.

    • Ryan Carroll

      I am certainly intrigued by the content itself (especially Martian Manhunter in JLA); I was really trying to make a point about the origins of the event itself.

      • Travis McCollum

        I definitely see where you’re coming from. Like I said before it’s hard to argue that it seems like an easy out to introduce most of the villains that haven’t been seen in the New DCU until now. That being said, it’s an intriguing enough premise that I’m willing to overlook most of that to see how it turns out. There’s a lot worse gimmicks out there than “Every villain gets their time to shine.”

        On that note, what do you think would be a good anniversary event for their 3 year?

      • Ryan Carroll

        Interesting question. I think it would be really good of DC to have an anniversary event (IF an anniversary event has to occur at all) that’s creator and story driven–less Zero Issue month (interrupting stories and such) and more Rotworld (intertwining titles at the behest of the creators themselves). Maybe have several crossovers over each line–i.e. a crossover in Batman/Batgirl/Nightwing/Batman & Robin/Red Hood/Catwoman, one in JL/JLA/Flash/Wonder Woman/Aquaman, etc. Again, it would be about creators, and wouldn’t be an editorial directive.

      • Travis McCollum

        I think that’s a great idea actually. Considering a lot of the titles crossover in some way, shape or form anyway, I think it would be very smart to have a crossover thing for their next anniversary. That way you avoid gimmicks and you can advance the story without sacrificing an issue to an event or a thing going on. I just hope that if they do take that direction, it’s smaller one-three books crossovers instead of big, giant events like Night of the Owls or Death of the Family

  3. thisjohnd

    All of this sounds great for someone willing to invest in all these titles but for me, I’ll be very selective as to which titles I decide to pick up. I like the idea of the “Forever Evil” miniseries but if it has direct ties to Trinity War, I probably won’t bother considering I don’t have the funds to pick up every issue of Trinity War. Otherwise I’d be very interested in an all-villains book.

    As for Villains Month as a whole, it is very gimmicky (especially the 3D covers) but if there are a few books that catch my eye, I won’t hesitate to pick them up. It’s really going to boil down to the creative teams for me, but chances are it might get me to pick up a title or two I wouldn’t normally get, so I suppose that’s all DC really wants.

    • Travis McCollum

      I know it’s going to take place AFTER Trinity War, but as to any direct connection to the event, I’m not entirely sure. We’ll probably get more details later, but it’s safe to assume that nobody wins at the end of Trinity War if the villains take over immediately afterwards.

      I think the creative teams WILL be a big thing for many, and I appreciate that DC is switching up teams for books that have multiple issues or just to give it a breath of fresh air. It’ll be interesting to see how all this turns out.

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