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What’cha Eviling? Bob’s Guide to DC’s Forever Evil

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This September D.C. Comics launches its first New 52 company wide crossover event Forever Evil, a seven part miniseries showing the rise of the villainous Secret Society, amidst the apparent death of the Justice League. As September has become DC’s event month, first relaunching the New 52 line wide two years ago, and last year’s Zero Month, this year is no different. As well as putting out the first issue of Forever Evil by Geoff Johns and Dave Finch, all titles solicited that month are “point” issues, showcasing one of the company’s major villains. What some people might have noticed, much to their chagrin, not every title is getting the treatment.


Fear not my fellow friends, they are not forgotten. D.C. seems to be trying to push lesser known books by starring villains and or creative teams in other titles. So while there is no Birds of Prey 23.1, or Hawkman title this month, elements of those series appear in other titles. DC is hoping the collectors getting the more popular titles, will spot a villain, creative team or story arc that might pique their interest in another title, or vice versa.

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While it seems slightly confusing at first, and to some parties an unnecessary cash grab, the stories do not interlink nor are they required reading for the Forever Evil miniseries. Die hard completists can get them all, people who are completely against it, and spit on the ground at mere mention of company wide crossovers can skip the whole month, and it won’t be reflected in their collections since there all numbered 23.1,23.2,23.3, etc. and fit between August’s 23 numbered issues and October’s number 24’s.

No gaps!

As for those who want to follow certain arcs, but are confused, or intimidated by the whole Dewey decimal system, here is a list of DCs villain month solicitations broken down to hopefully make it easier to pick what you want, based on the titles you get, the creators you follow or the characters you love. Have fun looking through, and don’t forget to contact your Local Comic Shop with the titles you want so they can get an accurate count for your pullbox!

Justice League Titles

Justice League # 23.1
Starring Villain – Darkseid
Creative Team – Greg Pak & Stephen Segovia
Might want if you… Follow Batman/Superman, Justice League

Justice League # 23.2
Starring Villain – Lobo
Creative Team – Maguaritte Bennett & Ben Oliver
Might want if you… Follow Stormwatch, like Lobo or interested in Scott Snyder’s female protege

Justice League # 23.3
Starring Villain – Dial E
Creative Team – China Mieville & 20 Artists
Might want if you… Were following Dial H, this is the “coda” to series finale

Justice League # 23.4
Starring Villain – Secret Society
Creative Team – Geoff Johns & Sterling Gates, Garcia & Hunter
Might want if you… are getting Forever Evil, Justice League, Justice  League of America

Justice League of America #7.1
Starring Villain – Deadshot
Creative Team – Matt Kindt & Pascal Ferry
Might want if you… are a Suicide Squad fan

Justice League of America #7.2
Starring Villain – Killer Frost
Creative Team – Sterling Gates & Derlis Santacruz
Might want if you… are getting Firestorm

Justice League of America #7.3
Starring Villain – Shadow Thief
Creative Team – Tom DeFalco & Gabriel Hardin
Might want if you… are following Hawkman

Justice League of America #7.4
Starring Villain – Black Adam
Creative Team – Geoff Johns & Sterling Gates
Might want if you… are a fan of Shazam backups in Justice League, Trinity War

Justice League Dark #23.1
Starring Villain – Creeper
Creative Team – Ann Nocenti & ChrisCross
Might want if you… are a fan of the Dark titles, Katana

Justice League Dark #23.2
Starring Villain – Eclipso
Creative Team – Dan Didio & Philip Tan
Might want if you… are a fan of Justice League Dark, Sword and Sorcery ,fans of his appearances in Team 7, All Star Western, and Catwoman

 

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Aquaman #23.1
Starring Villain – Black Manta
Creative Team – Geoff Johns& Tony Bedard, & Claude St.Aubin
Might want if you… are getting Forever Evil, Aquaman

Aquaman #23.2
Starring Villain – Ocean Master
Creative Team – Geoff Johns & Sterling Gates, & Geraldo Borges
Might want if you… are an Aquaman fan, liked Throne of Atlantis Crossover

Earth 2 #15.1
Starring Villain – Desaad
Creative Team – Paul Levitz & Yildiray Cinar
Might want if you… follow World’s Finest, or are a fan of the New Gods

Earth 2 #15.2
Starring Villain – Solomon Grundy
Creative Team – Matt Kindt & Aaron Lopresti
Might want if you… follow Earth 2, fan of Swamp Thing, are an old Justice Society fan

Flash #23.1
Starring Villain – Grodd
Creative Team – Brian Buccelleto & Chris Batista
Might want if you… are a Flash fan

Flash #23.2
Starring Villain – Reverse Flash
Creative Team – Manapul&Buccelleto, & Francis Manapul
Might want if you… like the Flash, Forever Evil, Flashpoint

Green Arrow #23.1
Starring Villain – Count Vertigo
Creative Team – Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino
Might want if you… are a fan of Lemire’s GA run, Suicide Squad fan

Wonder Woman #23.1
Starring Villain – Cheetah
Creative Team – John Ostrander & Victor Ibanez
Might want if you… collect W.W., Justice League, Forever evil

Wonder Woman #23.2
Starring Villain – First Born
Creative Team – Brian Azzarello & Aco
Might want if you… get the current run of Wonder Woman

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Superman Titles

Action Comics #23.1
Starring Villain – Cyborg
Creative Team – M.A. Nelson & Mike Hawthorne
Might want if you… are collecting Supergirl, Death of Superman Fan

Action Comics #23.2
Starring Villain – Zod
Creative Team – Greg Pak & Ken Lashley
Might want if you… are a fan of Batman/Superman, the Man of Steel movie

Action Comics #23.3
Starring Villain – Lex Luthor
Creative Team – Charles Soule & Raymund Bermudez
Might want if you… get Action or Superman

Action Comics #23.4
Starring Villain – Metallo
Creative Team – Sholly Fisch & Will Conrad
Might want if you… like Morrison’s Action, Forever Evil

Superman #23.1
Starring Villain – Bizarro
Creative Team – Sholly Fisch & Jeff Johnson & Andy Smith
Might want if you… are getting Superboy, Superman

Superman #23.2
Starring Villain – Brainiac
Creative Team – Tony Bedard & Pascal Alixe
Might want if you… are a fan of Action, John’s Superman Run

Superman #23.3
Starring Villain – H’el
Creative Team – Scott Lobdell & Dan Jurgens
Might want if you… fans of Superman, and H’el on Earth Crossover

Superman #23.4
Starring Villain – Parasite
Creative Team – Aaron Kuder & Aaron Kuder
Might want if you… Superman, Earth One Vol.2

 

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Batman/Superman #3.1
Starring Villain – Doomsday
Creative Team – Greg Pak & Brett Booth
Might want if you… are a Death of Superman fan collect Batman/Superman

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Batman Family Titles

Batman #23.1
Starring Villain – Joker
Creative Team – Andy Kubert & Andy Clarke
Might want if you… Have a Pulse!

Batman #23.2
Starring Villain – Riddler
Creative Team – Scott Snyder & Guy Fawkes
Might want if you… are getting the current Year Zero arc

Batman #23.3
Starring Villain – Penguin
Creative Team – Frank Tieri & Christian Duce
Might want if you… are a Catwoman Collector, getting Forever Evil

Batman #23.4
Starring Villain – Bane
Creative Team – Peter Tomasi & Graham Nolan
Might want if you… liked the Dark Kight Rises Movie, Collect Batman and Robin, Talon

Batman & Robin #23.1
Starring Villain – Two-Face
Creative Team – Peter Tomasi & Guillem March
Might want if you… get Batman & Robin, Batman Inc., Forever Evil

Batman & Robin #23.2
Starring Villain – Court of Owls
Creative Team – James Tynion IV & Jorge Lucas
Might want if you… got Snyder’s Owl run, Talon

Batman & Robin #23.3
Starring Villain – Ra’s Al Ghul
Creative Team – James Tynion IV & Jorge Lucas
Might want if you… are a fan of Batman Inc., Batman Begins, Forever Evil

Batman & Robin #23.4
Starring Villain – Killer Croc
Creative Team – Tim Seeley & Francis Portela
Might want if you… collect Batman, Batwoman

 

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Batman: The Dark Knight #23.1
Starring Villain – Ventriloquist
Creative Team – Gail Simone & Derlis Santacruz
Might want if you… are a Batgirl Fan, Birds Of Prey

Batman: The Dark Knight #23.2
Starring Villain – Mr. Freeze
Creative Team – Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti & Jason Masters
Might want if you… get Detective, or Birds of Prey

Batman: The Dark Knight #23.3
Starring Villain – Clayface
Creative Team – John Layman & Cliff Richards
Might want if you… are getting Forever Evil or Detective Comics

Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4
Starring Villain – Joker’s Daughter
Creative Team – Ann Nocenti & Jeorges Jeanty
Might want if you… are a Joker fan, Teen Titans fan

Detective Comics #23.1
Starring Villain – Poison Ivy
Creative Team – Derek Fridolfs & Javier Pina
Might want if you… collect Birds of Prey, Detective

Detective Comics #23.2
Starring Villain – Harley Quinn
Creative Team – Matt Kindt & Neil Googe
Might want if you… are a female comic book collector, Arkham Asylum fan, collecting Suicide Squad

Detective Comics #23.3
Starring Villain – Scarecrow
Creative Team – Peter Tomasi & Szymon Kudranski
Might want if you… like Return of the Dark Knight, getting Forever Evil

Detective Comics #23.4
Starring Villain – Man-Bat
Creative Team – Frank Tieri & Scott Eaton
Might want if you… enjoyed Man-Bat back ups, or Batman Inc.

 

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Green Lantern #23.1
Starring Villain – Relic
Creative Team – Robert Venditti & Rags Morales & Cam Smith
Might want if you… get New Guardians, Green Lantern

Green Lantern #23.2
Starring Villain – Mongul
Creative Team – Jim Starlin & Howard Porter
Might want if you… are a long time GL fan, Starlin fan, liked the Sinestro Corp War

Green Lantern #23.3
Starring Villain – Black Hand
Creative Team – Charles Soule & Alberto Ponticelli
Might want if you… collected Blackest Knight, Johns’ last GL arc

Green Lantern #23.4
Starring Villain – Sinestro
Creative Team – Matt Kindt & Dale Eaglesham
Might want if you… are any kind of GL fan!

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Other Titles

Swamp Thing #23.1
Starring Villain – Arcane
Creative Team – Charles Soule & Jeus Saiz
Might want if you… collect Swamp Thing, Animal Man

Teen Titans #23.1
Starring Villain – Trigon
Creative Team – Marv Wolfman & Cafu
Might want if you… are a long time Titans fan

Teen Titans #23.2
Starring Villain – Deathstroke
Creative Team – Corey Mays & Dooma Wendschuh & Unzueta
Might want if you… play Assassin’s Creed, Deathstroke fan

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And Don’t Forget! It all Starts Here:

 

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Forever Evil #1 (of 7)

Writer: Johns, Geoff
Artist: Finch, David
Cover Artist: Finch, David

The first universe-wide event of The New 52 begins as FOREVER EVIL launches! The Justice League is DEAD! And the villains shall INHERIT the Earth! An epic tale of the world’s greatest super-villains starts here!
Variants available. Contact local retailer for more information.

Format: LIMITED SERIES (7 issues)
Price: $3.99
UPC: 76194131817200111
On Sale: September 04, 2013
Publisher: DC Comics
Diamond Id: JUL130149

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Trained by the Four-Color wizard, Hagan, in all things comic-booky, young Robert took to the streets of New York, dragging his large bespectacled head from comic shop to comic shop, absorbing, learning… knowing…. Until a very delayed pubescent spurt in his early thirties when the tumescent lump of comic knowledge burst forth, rupturing into nonsensical rants about Jack Kirby, superhero related tattoos, questionable cosplay activities, worshiping Jim Starlin as a prophet, and courting the young lady working in his local comic shop. Now he is just mad…roaming the streets late at night while walking his dog, plotting and preparing to unleash more comic-booky goodness on an unsuspecting world. He likes bread. The food. He thinks the band is crap. *Hey wanna freak Bob out? Come follow him on twitter (@dyrewolf1218), he's totally new to it and suspects it may be black magic...* - Chuck the editor monkey

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