Villain’s Month Reviews – Week 1

Green Arrow #23.1/ Count Vertigo #1
Written by: Lemire
Art by: Sorrentinno
Great issue. With the New 52 Vertigo is still the same character but with a√ā¬†twist: he’s the opposite of Oliver Queen- a royal but raised in poverty,√ā¬†crafted to be a weapon, now his ‘own’ man who has decided to use his√ā¬†abilities for his own selfish gain. This issue we get into his origin and√ā¬†the depths of how an innocent young boy can be corrupted and molded into a√ā¬†villain.
Review Score: 7 (out of 7)
Batman & Robin #23.1/ Two-Face #1
Written by: Tomasi
Art by: March

What I appreciate about Tomasi’s issue here is that we see a Two-Face that√ā¬†has often been portrayed by great writers but too often but too often√ā¬†becomes a psychopath or mob boss. Here Two-Face, in the context of Forever√ā¬†Evil, become the dispenser of ‘Justice’ and uses his coin to determine what√ā¬†kind of ‘Justice’ , We still have the character who is different from the√ā¬†rest of Batman’s rogues but true to what the character’s origin: obsessed√ā¬†with Justice and Fairness to a deadly degree due to what happened to him.
Review Score 6 (out of 7)

Batman: The Dark Knight #23.1/Ventriloquist #1
Written by: Simone
Art by: Santacruz

With Simone already giving us much of the New 52 Ventriloquist in Batgirl,√ā¬†she uses the context of Forever Evil to further explore her origin but also√ā¬†show us the depth of her villainy and madness. A very good but disturbing√ā¬†story.
Review Score: 6 (out of 7)

Justice League #23.1: Darkseid #1
Written by: Pak
Art by: Siqueira & Diaz

This is really a story in two parts: the origin of Darkseid and√ā¬†Highfather(a modernization of what I seem to remember of their√ā¬†original origin) and√ā¬†the story of why Darkseid is attacking parallel earths via the√ā¬†character Pak introduced in Superman/Batman. We also have a hint to a√ā¬†crucial plot point√ā¬†in a current Earth 2 storyline and a definition of what makes the New 52√ā¬†different from other earths.
Review Score 5 (out of 7)

Green Lantern #23.1/ Relic #1
Written by: Venditti
Art by: Morales

This issue seems to be a Villain’s Month anomaly: a origin issue for a new√ā¬†creation in the New 52. And here we get origin for a great villain: a√ā¬†Galactus type character who is doing what fans and heroes would see to be√ā¬†bad things, but to him, he’s trying to save lives. Unlike Galactus, he√ā¬†isn’t motivated by hunger, but instead by knowledge and a want to save√ā¬†lives.
Review Score: 7 (out of 7)

Action Comics #23.1/ Cyborg Superman #1
Written by: Nelson
Art by: Hawthorne

This issue seems to be getting a lot of controversial buzz but I for one√ā¬†like the change for Cyborg Superman -not only does he get a new design here√ā¬†but a total new origin. No longer do we have Reed Richard like scientist√ā¬†angry at Superman for the death of his lover and friends which is own√ā¬†fault. Instead we have a villain named Superman that is not only√ā¬†Kryptonian but also from the House of El. we find out√ā¬†Brainiac finds a dying Zor-El on a destroyed Argo City and changes him into√ā¬†a Cyborg to do his bidding (as a side note, Brainiac thought Jor was the√ā¬†smarter brother and because he’s a jerk, makes the Cyborg Zor-El look like√ā¬†Zor). I think it will carry, in the future, more meaning for Supergirl and√ā¬†Superman to have a familial connection to Cyborg Superman.
Review Score: 5√ā¬†(out of 7)

Earth 2 15.1/Desaad 1
Written by Paul Levitz
Art by Yildiray Cinar, Jason Wright and Carlos M. Mangual

Not every book will have a compelling villain, there just aren’t enough for everyone. Desaad seemed like a weak book because it added nothing to the character. The story basically ran through the backbone of the Earth 2 series, without really advancing Desaad’s quest or motives. Art is passable and visually Desaad is a cool design, but not worth checking out the book for.
Review 2 (out of 7)√ā¬†

Justice League of America 7.1/Deadshot 1
Written by Matt Knot
Art by Sam Basri, Keith Champagne and Matt Milla

I wasn’t sure what I expected from the Forever Evil tie-ins, but it seems alot of books are focused on telling or re-telling the origins of some of DC’s more popular villains.

Deadshot’s origins play like a twisted version of Batman’s. He witnesses his parents and sister gunned down, he doesn’t have the money nor resources to travel the world and train, but he does find a gun and begin his quest. It was an interesting look at the Deadshot character, and the book is lucky for that as it lacks much else to really hold it together. There isn’t really a central threat or element moving the plot forward. Just Floyd reminiscing about his life and where it ultimately took him as a mercenary.

Ironically, the book does a terrific job of setting up the next arc in the Suicide Squad book. Which would work better if this was Suicide Squad.
Review 3 (out of 7)√ā¬†


I'm a high school Campus Minister and Theology teacher at an all boys high school near Boston, MA. I'm an avid comic book fan.

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