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Bad Guys and Action Sounds: Big New Things from DC Comics

Posted on June 9, 2013 at 8:39 am by Tyler Waterman

This past week, DC Comics shared with the world all the upcoming changes and events coming to their universe, and when all was said and done, there was a lot of new information to digest. Because being a geek should be as simple as possible, here is an easy-to-digest breakdown of all the major new announcements from DC; get up to speed, in a speedy manner!

Villains Month

  • Celebrates the two-year anniversary of the New 52, the way Zero Month celebrated the first.
  • Each comic will be “taken over” by that hero’s most iconic villains, i.e. Darkseid instead of Justice League or Joker instead of Batman. A full list can be seen here.
  • Each Villains Month issue will be $3.99, and will feature a “3D Motion Cover,” utilizing super-thin materials never before used to make a comic gimmick cover. Here are some examples:

grodd relic twoface ventriloquist joker darkseid deadshot bizarro creeper cyborg_superman desaad poisonivy


Forever Evil

  • Forever Evil will be a seven-issue miniseries that begins during Villains Month, and marks the first whole-universe crossover event in the New 52. (Trinity War is technically a Justice League event.)
  • The main series itself begins in September, but October will see regular comics tie-in to the event, as well as the premier of three five-issue miniseries; Forever Evil: Rogues (focused on Flash’s villains), Forever Evil: Arkham War (billed as the “largest Batman villain story ever”), and Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. (which will reveal the shadowy underbelly that all comic government authorities are required to have).
  • The story will focus primarily on Lex Luthor and his new Secret Society of Villains, and aims to redefine Luthor as a villain, promising his actions will start shocking readers right from issue #1.
  • There will also apparently be a strong focus on Catwoman, which seems odd as we all watched her die in JLA #4. Comics, everybody!
  • Forever Evil will be written by Geoff Johns, with art from David Finch.


DC2 and DC2 Multiverse

  • Both represent a new step forward in digital comic technology, as well as a clear statement from DC that they’re committed to digital comics as a medium.
  • DC2 involves layering “dynamic art” onto digital comics, creating a more unique reading experience with more options for creators and readers alike.
  • DC2 Multiverse takes this a step further, allowing readers to make actual choices as they read a comic, changing the outcome and the focus of the story as they do so, like classic Choose Your Own Adventure books. DC2M comics will also feature “action sounds” and the ability to integrate a soundtrack, although whether that’s of your own music or was already provided wasn’t clear.
  • The first digital comic to feature DC2 technology will be Batman ’66, and the first comic to feature DC2M technology will be Batman: Arkham Origins, a tie-in to the upcoming game of the same name.


And there you have it, everything you need to know about everything that came from the House that Superman Built. Excited for bad guys getting their day? Not excited to have to buy a dozen tie-in books? Glad DC is embracing digital, or worried their releases will drown in “action sounds” and other gimmicks? Let us know in the comments!

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