DC Comics has a rich pantheon of supervillains, so it’s no wonder the publisher would want to put them all in the spotlight as often as possible. With a roster including Lex Luthor, the Joker, Black Adam, Deathstroke, and the Turtle, how could you not?
This is of course nothing new; the idea of a villain centric takeover is common throughout comics history, whether we’re talking about Marvel’s Acts of Vengeance, key portions of Infinite Crisis, Forever Evil, or even the New 52’s “Villain’s Month.”
So what makes 2019’s “Year of the Villain” different? (Apart from the June kickoff, which positions more of a Villain’s Summer Vacation. And now that I’m picturing Grodd in a speedo, let’s move on…) The answer’s have been building throughout writer Scott Snyder’s run on Justice League, which has focused heavily on Lex Luthor’s spiritual awakening that “evil” self-interest is humanity’s true purpose. “Year of the Villain” will focus on Lex taking this message across the DC Universe, and assembling an even larger Legion of Doom that buys into his ambitions for the planet.
Previously: Heroes in Crisis
Road to The Year of the Villain (Scott Snyder’s Justice League)
Collects: Justice League: No Justice #1-4 And Stories From DC Nation #0
Following the events of Dark Nights: Metal, the Justice League lineup of comics rebranded with new core rosters under the “New Justice” umbrella. The “No Justice” mini kicked things off, and leads to three core titles: Justice League, Justice League Dark, and Justice League Odyssey.
Collects: Justice League #1-7
The Scott Snyder written era of Justice League begins, with artists including Jim Cheung and Jorge Jimenez.
Justice League – Legion of Doom Checklist:
If you’re really looking for a “Road To” fast track, I’d recommend the various “Legion of Doom” takeover issues, where the Justice League comic is converted into a villains highlight!
- Justice League #5
- Justice League #8
- Justice League #12
- Justice League #13
- Justice League #18
- Justice League #22
Collects: Justice League #8-12
Collects: Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1, Justice League #10-12, Aquaman #40-41, Titans #28 And Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1
You can find a checklist and reading order for this crossover with Comic Book Herald’s Drowned Earth guide.
Collects: Justice League #13-16, Justice League Annual #1, Justice League #17 To #18
Justice League #19 to #25 – “The Sixth Dimension”
Year of the Villain Comics
Justice League #26
Harley Quinn #63
Batman and the Outsiders #3
Red Hood #36
Teen Titans #32
Action Comics #1013
Detective Comics #1008
The Flash #75
Justice League Dark #13
The Terrifics #18
Wonder Woman #75
Justice League #27
Justice League #28
Justice League #29
Justice League #30