Year of the Villain
DC's "Year of the Villain" leaps into a new phase as the ultimate battle between Lex Luthor and the Batman Who Laughs rages--and the heroes of the DC Universe are forced to take sides in this epic struggle.Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen ties together some of DC's biggest epics of 2019, including The Batman Who Laughs, Batman/Superman, and DC's "Year of the Villain," which ran across numerous titles. In this collected edition, Lex Luthor faces off against the Batman Who Laughs. On the one side are Luthor's forces of injustice--and on the other are the Batman Who Laughs' agents, known as the Infected...corrupted versions of heroes including Supergirl, Shazam, Commissioner Gordon and others. Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen also sets the stage for the next phase of DC's "Year of the Villain" and beyond.This title collects the five-issue miniseries Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen.

Year of the Villain Details

TitleYear of the Villain
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 9th, 2020
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781779502421
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Comic Book

Year of the Villain Review

  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    With the Justice League out of the way, it's Lex Luthor versus the Batman Who Laughs. This was cool, lots of twists and turns as they try to outmaneuver one another. The art by Steve Epting and Javier Fernandez is pretty great. The only caveat is that it builds off a lot of other books. I'd definitely read The Batman Who Laughs and Justice League, Volume 5: The Doom War before this. With the Justice League out of the way, it's Lex Luthor versus the Batman Who Laughs. This was cool, lots of twists and turns as they try to outmaneuver one another. The art by Steve Epting and Javier Fernandez is pretty great. The only caveat is that it builds off a lot of other books. I'd definitely read The Batman Who Laughs and Justice League, Volume 5: The Doom War before this.
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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Wow and I thought Metal was meh and No Justice was Garbo. This is pretty bad. I'll give it a point for the art. Not too bad. I also think the set up of Lex vs The Batman who Laughs is actually a great idea. But then it starts rolling and you can guess everything that'll happen. Who's going to fight who, who's going to win in which way, and the ending...what in the flying fuck was that shit? DC hasn't had a decent event in years while Marvel has been putting out good to GREAT ones. DC, fix yourse Wow and I thought Metal was meh and No Justice was Garbo. This is pretty bad. I'll give it a point for the art. Not too bad. I also think the set up of Lex vs The Batman who Laughs is actually a great idea. But then it starts rolling and you can guess everything that'll happen. Who's going to fight who, who's going to win in which way, and the ending...what in the flying fuck was that shit? DC hasn't had a decent event in years while Marvel has been putting out good to GREAT ones. DC, fix yourself please. A 2 out of 5.
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  • Scott Waldie
    January 1, 1970
    The art is great, the dialogue solid, but this one really needs the context of knowing the current major goings on in the DC universe, from the METAL storyline to the ongoing Justice League run. Even then it's really just a pair of big bads measuring off against one another as a bump on the road to the upcoming DEATH METAL event. Not to say it wasn't decent, or readable, bump it up another half a star if you're familiar with the surrounding events.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    The Year Of The Villain culminates here! Lex Luthor has only a few moves left before his and Perpetua's plan can come to fruition, but only one man stands in his way - the Batman Who Laughs! But this twisted Batman isn't alone, and his Infected may be the ones that spell the end for Lex's plans once and for all. Villains clash, worlds change, and the stage is set for Dark Nights: Death Metal!God, I loved this book. When I saw it was only going to be four issues, I was disappointed, but they're r The Year Of The Villain culminates here! Lex Luthor has only a few moves left before his and Perpetua's plan can come to fruition, but only one man stands in his way - the Batman Who Laughs! But this twisted Batman isn't alone, and his Infected may be the ones that spell the end for Lex's plans once and for all. Villains clash, worlds change, and the stage is set for Dark Nights: Death Metal!God, I loved this book. When I saw it was only going to be four issues, I was disappointed, but they're ram-packed with developments and epic moments that will have you cackling in glee. We've had a glut of hero-on-hero events over the past 15 years (thank you, Civil War), but villain-on-villain is a lot fewer and further between, despite being more fun. Neither Apex Lex nor the Batman Who Laughs play by the rules, and it's so much fun to see them try to outwit each other, especially given how high Lex has risen lately. Watching him fall is a lot of fun, and the ultimate ending of the story feels like a logical conclusion despite not being just as simple as 'this one wins'.The art is mostly by Steve Epting, in some rare DC work, so of course the book looks gorgeous. He gets a hand from Javi Fernandez in the latter half of the story, and the two work surprisingly well together, which you wouldn't expect given how Epting's renderings are so crisp and clear while Fernandez deals in darker, scratchier visuals.Year Of The Villain is just plain comic book madness. Where else can you see a super-powered Lex Luthor battling a twisted Joker version of Batman with the fate of the Multiverse at stake?
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  • Qenk
    January 1, 1970
    The epic showdown between Apex Lex and The Batman Who Laughs was disappointing. It should have been better. Even if this book is a tease of the things to come for the DC Universe. The confrontation between Lex and TBWL was not epic nor memorable. Enjoyable, but That's it.
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  • Nik-El Kent
    January 1, 1970
    One lot of hell read!!!
  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    For that much set up, the confrontation between Luthor and the Batman Who Laughs is really rushed. Needs a lot of context from other DC books to truly get into, I think.
  • Joshua Lawson
    January 1, 1970
    Sufficiently bombastic and absurd. Pretty fun.
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