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These DC Villains Month Covers Look Pretty Darn Cool

Here is a gallery of all the ones we’ve seen so far.

I can understand some legitimate concern about the concept of 56 special covers (with a $1 price bump for each issue) released in a single month (and the whole “at least thirteen Batman comics released in a single month” idea is an odd one), but boy, these covers are sweet looking.

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So the actual cover will move like that? Are they holograms?

Booberella is jealous of the Poison Ivy one.

I will definitely look for these. In the quarter bin. I hate hate hate to punish my LCS for DC’s shenanigans, but I’m not rewarding DC for their gimmicks. Put out good books! I’ll pay more!

Well, like I like to say, are these gimmicks, or will they be good?

You realize that the actual covers aren’t going to look like that, right?

Oh DC you poor fools. I’ve already dropped the majority of books from DC and these do little to tempt me back. They are so far behind Marvel in terms of quality its not even amusing anymore.

So they’re using the “Point One” numbering scheme? Also, I’m a bit surprised that the Creeper and Catwoman are included as villains, and that Deadshot is taking over…Justice League? Doesn’t he already have a regular title of his own?

But really, isn’t this “Faces of Evil” for the New 52? That was also a “villain month” where the baddies took over the covers and got their codenames superimposed over the titles of the heroes’ books. It used the regular numbering and included a number of one-shots, including Prometheus, Kobra, and Solomon Grundy, all of which were trailers for upcoming miniseries.

DC seems to like villain-centric promos a bit more than Marvel. They’ve done Underworld Unleashed, the New Year’s Evil one-shots, and the aforementioned “Faces of Evil” month. At Marvel, there’s Acts of Vengeance and Dark Reign, and that was about it. Both companies have done plenty of villain-centric series or miniseries, but DC seems to really like reminding everyone of its roster of iconic baddies. And DC, I think, has generally tried to do more ongoing series starring villains like the Joker, the Secret Society of Super-Villains, and Suicide Squad. Marvel’s had the Brotherhood and the Thunderbolts, the latter of which isn’t a villain-based book right now.

Just as the absurd 0 month proved to be a tremendous sales success, the sad thing is that this will actually work. From buying twelve series at the start of the New 52, I’m down to a single title, Batman Inc. I’m aware that there remain a few quality books at DC, but at this point, I’m too embarrassed by the current direction to support any of them.

When I see that Joker cover, I think of the ending of Prince’s “Batdance” where you just hear a robotic “ha ha ha ha” for about 10 seconds. Cool covers, and hopefully the stories match.

Good covers, hopefully some good comics in there. 56 total so as long as 1/4 are good, I’ll be a happy camper.

And now DC can get a little more dollar share, catching up to Marvel’s strategy of “MAKE EVERYTHING AVENGERS SUBTITLED” and “PUT SOME HOLOFOIL ON THIS CRAPPY ULTRON MINI”.

But really, isn’t this “Faces of Evil” for the New 52? That was also a “villain month” where the baddies took over the covers and got their codenames superimposed over the titles of the heroes’ books.

Yeah, when this post popped up in the Recent Comments sidebar, I just assumed it was an old entry from 2009.

I trust that these covers will also have that greeting-card technology that plays a sound recording of a maniacal laugh when you open them.

looks like the gimmic cover still lives. though have to admit love the joker one with the closing teeth and the flash one i have seen with grod upside down.

They are so far behind Marvel in terms of quality its not even amusing anymore.

Agreed. Marvel isn’t even that great as a whole anymore but compared to DC it’s almost a quality revolution of Jim Shooter-era proportions.

I’m aware that there remain a few quality books at DC

Really? What are they besides Morrison’s books, which he is now leaving? I’m not even being a smartass here, I’m genuinely curious. I know Ann Nocenti works there now. Are her books the quality ones? I was enthusiastic about Jeff Lemire’s and Scott Snyder’s works disappointed me. I know Jim Starlin has started in Stormwatch. Is that one of the good ones?

Good covers, hopefully some good comics in there. 56 total so as long as 1/4 are good, I’ll be a happy camper.

Two things: first, being a happy camper if only 1/4 of the comics are good? Is that how low our standards have become for superhero comics? 1/4 of a line of comics being good is a success? Second, what are the chances of 1/4 of DC books being good? When’s the last time that’s happened? Even though those are shamefully low standards, they’re still not realistic.

I’m reading and liking All-Star Western, Demon Knights, Batgirl and (despite some reservations) Wonder Woman. I’m not at all down with the New 52, but there are still some stories I enjoy reading.

I shouldn’t have said “I’m aware,” since I’m not reading them, but in the podcasts I listen to and generally trust, I’ve heard praise for Dial H, Batman and Robin, (adjectiveless) Batman, and the Shazam strip running in JLA. But yes, I highly doubt that 1/4 of these books will be good.

Oh, I forgot Dial H! That’s a good one. But then for my money there’s never been a bad Dial H series.

And I’ve really enjoyed I, Vampire, for that matter.

Batman and Robin started off pretty terrible, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything now that it has a new creative team.

I’m reading and liking All-Star Western, Demon Knights, Batgirl and (despite some reservations) Wonder Woman. I’m not at all down with the New 52, but there are still some stories I enjoy reading.

All-Star Western, I tried and liked the first issue. Not enough to keep reading, but it was definitely good and I can see why people would like it.

I was neutral on Demon Knights first issue (didn’t especially like or hate it), but I heard the writers have changed a few times, so I give you the benefit of the doubt on it.

Batgirl I hated, even more than I usually dislike Gail Simon’s writing. I found the first issue truly terrible, but when I checked in again during the Joker tie-in I really found it even more terrible.

Wonder Woman is by Azzarello so I automatically don’t like it. I did give the first few issues a chance because of Cliff Chiang, but the Azzarelloness of it all was more than i could tolerate. But to be fair, I just don’t get Azzarello’s appeal in the least. Both his plotting and his dialogue (especially) is extremely off-putting to me.

Maybe I will try Demon Knights again. I think my local library may have the trade.

Funny thing is, I don’t usually like Azzarello. I think this is the second thing by him that I liked. (Dr. 13 is the other.) But I’m not particularly evangelistic about these series and don’t feel the need to push them on anybody; they’re just the ones that I’m enjoying personally. I think it’s very telling that almost none of tthe DC comics I’m reading are superhero series (WW certainly isn’t, and I wouldn’t call Dial H one either).

I think it’s very telling that almost none of tthe DC comics I’m reading are superhero series (WW certainly isn’t, and I wouldn’t call Dial H one either).

So Wonder Woman really isn’t a superhero series? I know writers often claim their runs are on superhero comics aren’t really going to be superhero comics, like when Waid claimed the FF weren’t superheroes but rather “imaginauts” and when Morrison claimed the X-Men weren’t really superheroes but a pacifist emergency rescue team or something, but in the long run they were superheroes at the end of the day. So I’m interested in this idea that Azzarello’s Wonder Woman may be a book that’s actually lived up to this claim. Can anyone else weigh in?

Also, you say the only other Azzarello book you liked was Dr. 13. Does that mean this reads like Doctor 13? Because that’s my 2nd least favorite Azzarello work (my absolute least favorite being Cage).

Shazam strip running in JLA.

I have hated every Geoff Johns thing I’ve ever read, especially when he’s modernizing an old character, so I just assumed this would not be my cup of tea. Is it actually good?

As for Dial H, I have been hearing a lot of good things about that one. Maybe I will try it, especially if it can go a year without tying into the rest of the DCU events.

I, Vampire, I only tried the first issue of. I literally had no idea what I was reading or what it was about.

Travis Pelkie

June 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I assume the greeting card recording technology will be used for DC’s next desperate grab for fans, in about 3-6 months after this.

(Actually, I’m surprised it hasn’t been used yet. Those annoying greeting cards have been around for awhile.)

I can’t wait to see what happens with the newsstand versions (yes, there is still such a thing). For the gatefold covers a couple months ago, the newstand versions DIDN’T HAVE THE GATEFOLD PART!!! So funny.

I’m buying Detective, Batman INC., Dial H, um…what else? I tried the first Ales Kot Suicide Squad issue, and I’ll probably keep checking for a bit as I thought his Change mini was amazing. The Movement and Green Team just had their first issues last month, and they’re ok. Threshold I got because I dig Giffen, but it’s not great. I dropped Action because the current story was so terrible. The Batman issues I bought were ok, but I’m not interested in this Zero Year stuff. Worlds’ Finest and Earth 2 were ok, but not enough to keep buying.

It’s amazing to me because I consider myself a DC fan thoroughly, and so much of the new output just does not appeal to me at all. It’s sad.

It’s not the new 52, but the digital first Batman Li’l Gotham is very well done.

But yeah, I bought all the zero issues last year, and maybe a quarter of them didn’t suck, so I probably won’t be roped in for this. Especially since my new mindset is trying to sell off the comics I don’t find I want to keep.

Travis Pelkie

June 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Oh, hey, T, Dial H is ending with issue 15, so don’t get too hooked on it.

It will all be collected in 2 trades, though.

Darkseid has such poor handwriting.

You’re threading a pretty narrow needle to say Dial H isn’t a superhero book, buttler. It stars a schlub and an unconventional mentor, but beyond that it’s much about people with fantastic powers wrangling for control of the world.

I’d rather say it is the best superhero book on the market that is going to end too soon. I wouldn’t try too hard to put myself in T’s shoes, but I think he would appreciate it.

Similarly, WW is not most conventionally a superhero book, but that seems largely because the power set of so many characters is based on mythology. It’s like saying the early X-men was not really a superhero book. I had less patience for it than Dial H, but I see your point.

Travis: the fact that Dial H is ending after 15 issues is actually a selling point for me. That means less time for DC editorial to mess it up somehow either by interference, crossover, or creative change.

Also, to the commenter above who said the covers won’t actually be animated, I’m pretty sure I read that they will be.

So Wonder Woman really isn’t a superhero series? I know writers often claim their runs are on superhero comics aren’t really going to be superhero comics, like when Waid claimed the FF weren’t superheroes but rather “imaginauts” and when Morrison claimed the X-Men weren’t really superheroes but a pacifist emergency rescue team or something, but in the long run they were superheroes at the end of the day. So I’m interested in this idea that Azzarello’s Wonder Woman may be a book that’s actually lived up to this claim. Can anyone else weigh in?

At least in the first two volumes, Wonder Woman just goes on quests with and against the gods, with no supervillains, crime-fighting, or any mention of other superheroes. It’s a superhero book only in the sense that Red Sonja, Books of Magic or Lucifer are superhero series. (Mike Carey’s Lucifer series is actually what it most reminds me of, though I like Carey’s series better.)

Also, you say the only other Azzarello book you liked was Dr. 13. Does that mean this reads like Doctor 13? Because that’s my 2nd least favorite Azzarello work (my absolute least favorite being Cage).

No, I wouldn’t say they’re similar, aside from the Chiang art. Dr. 13 was essentially an extended gag, but one I enjoyed. Most of Azzarello’s stuff that I’ve read (and disliked) has been his noir-influenced stuff like 100 Bullets, Batman and First Wave, all of which reads to me like a bad imitation of Mickey Spillane, who himself was doing a bad imitation of Raymond Chandler. My main beef with his Wonder Woman is just that not a lot happens in any given issue, which is my main beef with most comics out there today.

You’re threading a pretty narrow needle to say Dial H isn’t a superhero book, buttler. It stars a schlub and an unconventional mentor, but beyond that it’s much about people with fantastic powers wrangling for control of the world.

I guess, but the crimefighting that goes on there feels almost incidental to me. It seems like it’s much more about this weird magical device and all the ridiculous heroes it cooks up. And sure, all of those are superheroes, so I can see why it would be classified that way. It’s just that to me it feels more like a commentary on the idea of superheroes than a superhero book itself. I agree that’s threading a narrow needle, but it’s still how I see it.

Also, to the commenter above who said the covers won’t actually be animated, I’m pretty sure I read that they will be.

While I don’t know for sure, I imagine his claim is that they won’t look quite the same way that they do in the above gifs. You know, that the animation won’t look quite as good on the actual cover.

Gimmick!

Oops, wrong feature…

DC, bringing the 90’s back with a vengenance.

Aside from Batman (and thats only the Synder issues), I do not bother reading DC any more.

In all of the talk about this villians month, I do not think I have heard Didio (a Marvel plant for sure) and Jim Lee talk about the story. The focus seems to have been the gimmick of the covers.

Sad really.

Oh, hey, T, Dial H is ending with issue 15, so don’t get too hooked on it.

It will all be collected in 2 trades, though.

Good news. I can drop my last DC title.

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