Year of the Villain #1

DC Comics kicks off their, summer event with this One-Shot issue.  Focusing on the villains and leading into the ‘Year of the Villain’, this book follows in the footsteps of last summer’s DC Nation #0.  Personally I like that DC has been putting these books out.  You can’t beat the price point($0.25), and they’ve got some solid art and top writing talents working on them.

img_20190503_2258017458909809051093928.jpgThe Cover

The cover features a collection of well known DC Villains.  Lex Luthor, Bane, Cheetah, and The Batman Who Laughs.  A being known as Perpetua looms in the background.  While not quite as eye-catching as last year’s offering, it’s still a good looking cover.  Besides, where else are you going to get this much villainy for your dollar?

The Art

Alex Maleev, Jim Cheung, and Francis Manapul handle the artistic duties on this issue, and manage to keep it pretty consistent style wise.  Maleev’s work in the middle story is a little more gritty in appearance, but all three look to fit the DC house style.  It’s a well drawn book and again, you’re not going to feel like it’s lacking for what you pay for it.

The Story

There is a lot in this little book.  The first story kicks everything off with Lex Luthor blowing himself up to kick off a bigger plan.  That alone is worth the price of admission kids.  The next story focuses on the looming threat of Leviathan, with Merlyn trying to convince Green Arrow and Batwoman to flee with him so he can spill what he knows in a safe location.  Needless to say, An explosion ends the conversation, and a groggy Batwoman is made an offer by a mysterious stranger.  The final story features the Justice League saving a civilization on the edge of the universe, as the void is slowly eating away at reality.  The begin to form a plan to fight back against this, but truly have no idea what they’re really up against.

This was a fun issue, and if you’re taking part in Free Comic Book Day, at least buy this one at your local shop.  It’s worth your time and money, and where else are you going to find a book written by Scott Snyder, Brian Michael Bendis, and James Tynion IV all in one?

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