Year of the Villain
Following his hit mini-series, The Batman Who Laughs has forcibly enlisted six heroes of the DC Universe to become his agents, gifted with mighty powers and infected with his evil.Year of the Villain: The Infected spins out of the hit miniseries The Batman Who Laughs and tells the tales of four superheroes who are reborn as the Infected...corrupted versions of some of DC's greatest heroes who were gifted with extraordinary new powers--but whose souls have been blackened by the evil of the Batman Who Laughs. The heroic lives of Shazam, the Blue Beetle, Gotham City's Commissioner Jim Gordon and former Teen Titan Donna Troy are all transformed by the Batman Who Laughs. Now they are pawns in his efforts to destroy the heroes of the DC Universe--whether they want it or not! This title collects The Infected: King Shazam! #1, The Infected: Scarab #1, The Infected: Donna Troy, Deathbringer #1 and The Infected: Gordon, the Commissioner #1.

Year of the Villain Details

TitleYear of the Villain
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 23rd, 2020
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781779502544
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics

Year of the Villain Review

  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Okey-Doke. This is a spin-off that collects each individual issue of these 4 infected heroes and shows you how they became 'villains' after getting dosed with the BatJoker-toxin.Shazam becomes an asshole teenager with superpowers.As the parent of teenagers, this one is spooky as hell. Blue Beetle is a nice kid who fights it as much as he can, but...Donna Troy gets all bitter and angry and stabby.Commissioner Gordon finally has that middle aged-man breakdown he's been needing to have for years.I Okey-Doke. This is a spin-off that collects each individual issue of these 4 infected heroes and shows you how they became 'villains' after getting dosed with the BatJoker-toxin.Shazam becomes an asshole teenager with superpowers.As the parent of teenagers, this one is spooky as hell. Blue Beetle is a nice kid who fights it as much as he can, but...Donna Troy gets all bitter and angry and stabby.Commissioner Gordon finally has that middle aged-man breakdown he's been needing to have for years.I actually thought that for what they were these were all pretty well thought out and interesting little one-shots. If you're really into this event, I wouldn't hesitate to suggest this volume.
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    This is a companion piece to Batman/Superman Volume 1: Who are the Secret Six?. It expands on the Secret Six and how they deal with the dark metal infection from the Batman Who Laughs. The stories are all just OK. It's by no means essential reading but if you read Batman / Superman and want to know more, here it is. This is a companion piece to Batman/Superman Volume 1: Who are the Secret Six?. It expands on the Secret Six and how they deal with the dark metal infection from the Batman Who Laughs. The stories are all just OK. It's by no means essential reading but if you read Batman / Superman and want to know more, here it is.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    In order to defeat Apex Lex and plunge Earth into the depths of the Dark Multiverse, the Batman Who Laughs recruits a new Secret Six, corrupting familiar faces into villains. Joining him are Supergirl, Hawkman, Shazam!, Blue Beetle, Jim Gordon, and Donna Troy - dive into their minds as they succumb to the Batman Who Laughs' infection!This volume collects the four Infected one-shots, as well as two issues of the Hawkman and Supergirl ongoing series, which leads to a mixed bag of issues.The one-sh In order to defeat Apex Lex and plunge Earth into the depths of the Dark Multiverse, the Batman Who Laughs recruits a new Secret Six, corrupting familiar faces into villains. Joining him are Supergirl, Hawkman, Shazam!, Blue Beetle, Jim Gordon, and Donna Troy - dive into their minds as they succumb to the Batman Who Laughs' infection!This volume collects the four Infected one-shots, as well as two issues of the Hawkman and Supergirl ongoing series, which leads to a mixed bag of issues.The one-shots are certainly more focused. King Shazam! (Sina Grace & Joe Bennett), Scarab (Dennis Hopeless & Freddie Williams II), Deathbringer (Zoe Quinn & Brent Peeples), and the Commissioner (Paul Jenkins & Jack Herbert) are all designed to explore these characters' descent into madness; Shazam embraces it, Blue Beetle fights it to his last, and Donna and Gordon fall somewhere in the middle. None of these characters have a currently published ongoing (aside from Shazam!, but that's so sparse that it doesn't count), so it's nice to see how well they fit into the ongoing continuity of the DCU - Deathbringer feels like another issue of Titans, for example.Meanwhile, the Hawkman (Robert Venditti & Patrick Oliffe) and Supergirl (Jody Houser & Rachael Stott) are part of an ongoing narrative, so some of their impact is lost since they're also moving along their own ongoing plotlines as well as having their characters fall to darkness. Supergirl's is especially transitory since the creative team is brand new.As a companion piece to Year Of The Villain (and the Secret Six arc of Batman/Superman), The Infected is solid, if unnecessary. It's nice to explore these characters in this position, but there's nothing major here that will impact or enhance their appearances elsewhere. For completionists only.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not thrilled with the concept, and I'm getting sick of the Batman Who Laughs. He's an interesting idea, but I just don't see the point of using him as a regular character, especially when it seems like he can just do whatever he wants. Or rather, whatever the story requires. That said, this miniseries isn't a total waste. It's essentially a series of character studies, of how these very different characters handle getting corrupted. Probably your reaction will depend on how much you already I'm not thrilled with the concept, and I'm getting sick of the Batman Who Laughs. He's an interesting idea, but I just don't see the point of using him as a regular character, especially when it seems like he can just do whatever he wants. Or rather, whatever the story requires. That said, this miniseries isn't a total waste. It's essentially a series of character studies, of how these very different characters handle getting corrupted. Probably your reaction will depend on how much you already care about the characters. I care about Donna Troy and Jim Gordon much more than Billy Batson or Jaime Reyes, so I liked their stories more. Also, the stories for Supergirl and Hawkman are sandwiched into their regular series, so if you don't care about those, you probably won't be terribly invested in their stories here.
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  • Alek Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Really a disappointing book. I had hoped this would be like the METAL tie-in book, "The Nightmare Batmen", but where those were one shot origin stories of the Dark Batmen that also added to the bigger story. These Infected issues mainly expanded on their own titles and showed what the infected did before or after the Batman/Superman issue.A lot of these issues bring up things that contradict things in Batman/Superman.In "Growing Pains", King Shazam apparently has the ability to infect others wit Really a disappointing book. I had hoped this would be like the METAL tie-in book, "The Nightmare Batmen", but where those were one shot origin stories of the Dark Batmen that also added to the bigger story. These Infected issues mainly expanded on their own titles and showed what the infected did before or after the Batman/Superman issue.A lot of these issues bring up things that contradict things in Batman/Superman.In "Growing Pains", King Shazam apparently has the ability to infect others with his knuckle spikes. But in B/S, only the dark batarangs can do that?In "Metamorphosis", the Scarab is the one that is infected and corrupts Jaime but in B/S it's the other way around? In "Death By a Thousand Cuts", I really just have no clue what the current continuity is for Donna Tray and The Titans. So Deathbringer's issue clearly stands out as one not fitting in with the B/S story."The Purge" was the biggest disappointment. Being The Commissioners premiere it made no sense. For one it had zero connection to B/S, two the beginning scenes in Arkham were confusing, third Batgirl's emotional reaction to when Gordon tells here to go help other people in need was again confusing, and finally The Commissioner seemed less evil and more just that he was no longer playing with vigilantes. I mean his goal is to still protect Gotham!?"Tyrant Reborn: Dual" is just a Hawkman issue with zero tie to the actual B/S story. Though I do like the Earth-3 origin, even if it makes little sense.And finally "Who's Laughing Now" was completely useless. Supergirl's origin as an infected is shown in B/S, so any new information from this issue is just for the Supergirl title. Which has nothing to do with the story.Real shame that this wasn't the dark insight into DC characters like back in Metal.
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  • July
    January 1, 1970
    Estoy harto del Batman que ríe
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