Hey, did you know that November is Ridiculously Awesome New Comics Month? Okay, no, not in any official capacity.
Halloween is just two days away, and all of us are looking forward to costuming up and hitting the streets to keep the world safe—er, we mean to get candy with our kids or attend one of the nearby Halloween parties. Yes, we love Halloween right here at the DC Entertainment office, which should be fairly obvious from this week’s “DC All Access.” But what we’re not big on is the idea that we need to wait until Thursday night for treats. So it’s fortunate that there are plenty of treats to be found this Wednesday…at your local comic shop.
Welcome back to the Roundup! Yes, it’s been a crazy few weeks since the last time we spoke. Someone’s moved the entire moon and blocked out the sun! Super-villains are running rampant! There’s a war brewing between Arkham and Blackgate! The Justice League has disappeared!
Or, uh…maybe we’re getting comics and reality mixed up again. We’ve been known to do that on occasion.
Welcome to the other side of Villains Month. Yes, the villain-centric titles are behind us, but if you thought that meant things were going to get easier for our poor heroes, think again. For starters, the Crime Syndicate is still pretty much running the entire freakin’ planet, and with the Secret Society backing them and the Justice League nowhere to be seen, it’s clear that Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman and the rest are here to stay.
It’s the fourth and final week of Villains Month, and with people like Black Adam, Doomsday, Bane, Ocean Master and Killer Croc stealing the spotlight, you know it’s wrapping things up in the wickedest way possible. But if you think the end of the month equals the end of villainy. After all, we have half a year of Forever Evil to still contend with, and as long as that series is running strong, you know you’re going to be seeing a lot of these guys…
Villains Month continues this week across The New 52, with the likes of Penguin, Clayface, Eclipso, Ra’s al Ghul, Black Hand, Cheetah and The Rogues running rampant in the pages of your favorite comic books. All of them are must reads for fans of the characters, but there’s one book that’s perhaps a little further down the list that we’d like to point out to you.
If you thought last week was bad, well… You were right.
In fact, this whole month is going to be pretty bad. That’s what happens when you let super-villains run rampant in the pages of DC Comics – The New 52, and that’s precisely what we’re doing this month. This week serves up a second helping of havoc and hellfire, offering up one-shots devoted to the likes of The Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Black Manta, Brainiac, Harley Quinn, The Court of Owls and more. Including one guy who you may have seen on movie screens this summer…
Villains Month is here, and if you’ve seen our homepage today, you can tell that we’re pretty darn excited about it. Don’t get us wrong, we love our heroes. We want them to win. But the bad guys are just so much fun. You never know what to expect when it comes to our villains, so in a month where the villains have taken over all of our comics…well, the one thing we know we can expect is the unexpected!
Oh, and lots of jokes about “rounding up the villains” here in the Tuesday Roundup. You can expect that as well.
Thankfully, all wars end. Usually, we’re pleased and thankful to see them end, though that’s definitely not the case when the war in question is the thrilling crossover event that is “Trinity War.” For the past two months, we’ve followed the mystery, action and tragedy unfolding in the pages of Justice League, Justice League of America and Justice League Dark, eagerly awaiting each new installment.
It’s shaping up to be another big week in the shops, with Wednesday marking the release of the latest chapters of Superman Unchained, “Trinity War,” Animal Man, Trinity of Sin: Pandora and much more. Of course you’re dying to read them. We’re dying to read them too. However, don’t let your excitement over them cause you to miss some of the other titles on the list below. Especially with two of them offering some of the best, most emotionally perfect issues of their runs.