If you’ve been reading JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD, and particularly if you’ve gotten to the end of this week’s issue #5, you’ve discovered that the real villain of the Rebirth’s first event isn’t the Suicide Squad or even Maxwell Lord, but a shadowy villain with the ability to corrupt just about anyone on the planet.
What does it mean to be a villain? Is it about intent? Is it about actions? What if those actions are terrible but driven by a righteous belief? These are questions I ask myself anytime I read a new story. I ask questions about the heroes, too. Sometimes—often, actually—I find the line between the hero's and villain's qualities to be thin. They both share traits in the same categories, and that's definitely been the case with Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's PREACHER.
Gotham fans have a couple of weeks to get through before the show returns on January 5, 2015 with a new episode entitled “Rogues’ Gallery.” Considering the sheer number of baddies that Jim Gordon, Harvey Bullock and the other heroes of Gotham have had to deal with in the show’s first ten episodes, it’s an appropriate title. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until the 5th to see if “Rogues’ Gallery” introduces any new ones, but for now, it can’t hurt to revisit some of the villains currently in play and look at where we left them.
When Forever Evil #6 finally revealed the identity of the hooded prisoner first seen and teased at during the finale of "Trinity War," we felt vindicated—but also completely and utterly shocked and surprised. In the back of our head, we sort of figured it might just be the Alexander Luthor of Earth 3 under that hood. Evidence certainly pointed in that direction as the character has long stood as the biggest threat to Earth 3's Crime Syndicate.