Big news today from DC Comics. Forever Evil spin-off from Trinity War and September is Villains Month. The news is below in two features.
Following Buzzfeed’s scoop (see preceding news item) on Villains Month for DC in September, USA Today has the scoop on DC’s Forever Evil mini-series and spin-off titles.
The seven-issue series Forever Evil debuts in September as part of a “villains month” for the publisher. Headed up by the Justice League of America creative team of writer Geoff Johns and artist David Finch, the title marks the first universe-wide event comic since DC’s superhero-line relaunch in September 2011…
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.”
Kindt will also take over Justice League of America for five issues emphasizing Martian Manhunter, the subject of the writer’s recent JLA backups who will be picking up what’s left of the Justice League. However, Johns will continue on the flagship Justice League series during Forever Evil for an arc with certain villains and the unlikely rise of some heroes to combat them.
Check out USA Today for more from Johns and Finch.
Also, check out the original news item below regarding September’s Villains Month for DC.
DC Comics Co-Publishers sat down with Buzzfeed to dish on its Villains Month in September 2013 which has villains taking over DC’s New 52 titles, adding a “point one” to the title’s numbering plus a new Villains #1, using 3D covers and kicking off a 7 issues mini-series called Forever Evil. (Say that ten times fast….) Here is what DC Comics Co-Publisher’s Dan DiDio and Jim Lee had to say about what’s to come.
[Dan DiDio] DD: 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.
[Jim Lee] JL: Forever Evil is going to be a seven issue limited series. Trinity War is a crossover that happens within the Justice League family of books…
JL: This is actually our first press announcement on this: we’re also commemorating this event by doing something really unheard of, I think, as far as a major publisher – we’re actually adding a special cover on every single villain’s book. It’s called a 3D motion cover and it’s essentially artwork that’s been separated onto different layers, so when you hold the cover, which is a premium stock cover, and you slightly rotate the comic book left or right or up and down, the images move a bit.
The Joker #1 cover and Joker’s Daughter #1 covers seem… interesting and chilling…
Also, I’m not clear how many titles there will be in September. We do now that DC has seven ongoing titles to launch as of the end of August. While DiDio indicated that DC is contemplating which villains may have an ongoing series spinning out of Villains Month, he also said this:
DD: All the ones you expect to see will be there, and there might be a couple of surprises. We didn’t want to go with just the top fifty-two, but also with the villains that we felt truly resonated with the style and tone of the stories we’re telling right now. We also put the spotlight on a number of villains that are going to be very prominently showcased in the Forever Evil miniseries.
This isn’t a one for one replacement. We have fifty-two titles right now, and it’s not a villain to match every title. We went with the fifty-two villains that we felt were the strongest ones to really represent this story and the event. It was tough because there were a number of books that we would have loved to do a one for one with, but we would have missed out on so many key villains that I think people would have been very disappointed if they didn’t get to them.
Can anyone decipher that?
Check out Buzzfeed for more from DiDio and Lee plus a few more covers.
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