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Friday, February 15, 2019 

DC's declared 2019 "Year of the Villain"

Because that's all we need at a time when the industry's plunged further into dire straits, to emphasize villains instead of heroes:
Dark times are ahead for a lot of superheroes, as DC Comics has announced that 2019 is the Year of the Villain. The company and its creatives have big summer plans in store for the Justice League and Superman, and multiple threats lined up for poor old Batman, including a new series spinning out of The Batman Who Laughs.

Readers themselves can get a hint of what’s to come in DC’s Year of the Villain, a 32-page anthology comic that will be available on May 1, for the bargain-basement price of 25 cents.

Scott Snyder (Dark Nights Metal), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics) and Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics) wrote stories for the collection; art comes from Alex Maleev (Scarlet), Jim Cheung (Justice League) and Francis Manapul (The Flash); and there’s a cover from Greg Capullo (Dark Nights Metal).
Bendis' name is reason enough to avoid what they have in store, and it's not worth bothering about even for just a quarter; we've seen how well his work on Superman's doing so far. Plus, didn't Geoff Johns already do something similar 6 years ago, in a crossover called "Forever Evil"? When you put such a noticeable emphasis on criminality in promoting the new projects, it only suggests they dislike and lack faith in heroism, even if the goodies do triumph in the end. The emphasis on darkness is another grave mistake.

I don't find their method of promotion appealing. At worst, it's just what made me stop buying superhero comics.

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They should be trying to censor gore again, otherwise you get blood-hungry morons like Bendis and Snyder running around trying to bend people's minds to their warped viewpoints.

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