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DC Declares 2019 ‘Year of the Villain’

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DC Comics will be releasing a special 25 cent one-shot comic titled Year of the Villain arriving in stores May 1, just ahead of Free Comic Book Day. The issue will be an anthology with stories by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Brian Michael Bendis.

dc year of the villain

According to the press release:

This exclusive 32-page comic will feature breathtaking art from Eisner Award-winning illustrator Alex Maleev (Jinxworld’s SCARLET), Jim Cheung (JUSTICE LEAGUE) and Francis Manapul (THE FLASH, AQUAMAN/JUSTICE LEAGUE: DROWNED EARTH), with an original cover by acclaimed artist Greg Capullo (BATMAN, DARK NIGHTS: METAL). Hardcore fans will also want to contact their local comics retailer right away to check availability of any one of three beautiful variant covers by Maleev (Lex Luthor) and Cheung (the Batman Who Laughs), as well as popular cover artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau (the Cheetah).

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dc year of the villain

dc year of the villain

The individual stories of Year of the Villain will tie in to major DC plotlines over 2019, including Lex Luthor and Perpetua’s scheming in Justice League; the master plan of the Batman Who Laughs; the previously-hinted-at Leviathan; and the upcoming “City of Bane” in Batman.

You can read DC’s entire press release HERE. The publisher already announced their Ink and Zoom issues for FCBD on May 4.

At 25 cents, this looks like a no-brainer. Which of the covers will you be looking for? Leave us a comment below!

Kevin Sharp
From alternating Batman & Green Lantern as childhood Halloween costumes, to getting punched in my adolescent heart by Love & Rockets, to playing convention sidekick to the legendary Len Wein, I feel like the comics medium & characters are part of my DNA.