DC’s Year Of The Villain Special #1 (July 2019) – Review

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV – Art: Jim Cheung, Alex Maleev, Francis Manapul – Cover: Greg Capullo (DC Comics)


Evil is winning! Lex Luthor and The Legion of Doom conspire with Cosmic Gods, bending mankind toward a dark destiny. Elsewhere, the scourge of Leviathan spreads unchecked, seizing power in every corner of the world. And all the while the Batman Who Laughs busies himself in the shadows, aligned with no one—yet with sinister plans for all.
The carnage starts here as the badguys take center stage in “The Year of the Villain,” the most treacherous event in DC Comics history. Some act with united goals, others with plans selfish and secret, every one of them on a monstrous collision course against Batman, Superman and the heroes of the DC Universe. And our heroes will fail us.
Don’t miss the start of “The Year of the Villain,” featuring the talents of writers Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, artists Jim Cheung, Alex Maleev and Francis Manapul and cover artist Greg Capullo—all for just $0.25!

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Every few years DC Comics release some comic book heroin. No, that isn’t a typo, we are talking about the drug and not a female hero. They will virtually give away an issue, here you get over thirty pages for 25c, that sets up a large upcoming event. This something they have done to great effect in the past with books like Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure and Countdown To Infinite Crisis. Like all good dealers they give you the first taste for free and once you are hooked they have you for life.

This years big line-wide DC event is Year Of The Villain. Seeds have been sown already but this issue starts to pull everything together. The book is spilt into three chapters with the writers taking a chapter each. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV‘s chapters carry on from their Justice League run with both parts having cliffhangers that will hook you but it is Brian Michael Bendis‘ middle chapter that will get your attention. Bendis started his career as a noir detective writer but since coming over to DC he has mainly been playing with Superman. Here he finally gets his hands on Batman and DC’s vigilante characters. Not only that, he’s brought his long time Daredevil collaborator, Alex Maleev, with him.

The backbone of the Year Of The Villain event is going to be Event Leviathan written by Bendis with art by Maleev and here they set it all up. Bendis has already set the ball rolling on the Leviathan mystery in his Superman books but here Batman comes into play. We have been told by DC that Leviathan will be a hero that we know who is now turn against the others. Whoever they are won’t necessarily be a villain but will be following a different moral code to the rest of the heroes. The setup for Event Leviathan is that Batman has to prove that it’s not one of the Bat-family.

DC have pulled out all the stops for this book. It’s created by their top talent in all departments and can be read without virtually any prior knowledge to what is going on. All three stories leave you wanting to know more and you are provided with a forthcoming reading list at the back. Wouldn’t it be nice if every comic was 25c but once they have you hooked they can charge what they like.

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