In November 2012, Bleeding Cool first reported that DC were planning a "Villain's Month" to highlight the bad guys in the New DCU. We then reported that every title would be renamed to that of the villain in question and given a new issue 1. That some would continue past issue 1. We then reported that, as part of this, Geoff Johns and David Finch would be creating a series/event dubbed Forever Evil, spinning out of Trinity War. We also said that DC Comics were planning a series of 3D covers.
We weren't far off the mark. The all have issue one in their titles. But numerically they have all become Point Ones, #23.1 for example.
Today, at Buzzfeed, Dan DiDio and Jim Lee have announced Villain Month. All new issue ones. 3D motion covers. And a Forever Evil seven issue mini-series and crossover, spinning out of Trinity War. And that some villain books would continue past this issue. Because there will be some new issue ones involved here.
Books now confirmed include Joker #1, Lex Luthor #1, Parasite #, Metallo #1, Bizarro #1, Two-Face #1, Relic #1, Desaad #1, Creeper #1, Darkseid #1, Ventriloquist #1, Cyborg Superman #1, H'El #1, Grodd #1, First Born #1 and Poison Ivy #1.
Now… how long before retailers start pointing out that the 3D motion covers will make them heavier and start asking who will be paying for the extra shipping costs?
Well, they will all be $3.99 books.
Here are a couple of quotes and a batch of the 3D motion covers in action.
Dan DiDio: They might make it through September, but I can't guarantee they'll make it through the entire series. That includes what might be one of the most talked about events for DC Comics this year. One of our major recognizable characters will be affected in a very dramatic way.
Jim Lee: They're amazing covers. It's an effect that you haven't seen before, and like Dan said, it's an entire cover. Any time in the past that they've done specialty covers, you would only get like a small trading card size image on the cover that was a hologram or lenticular bit of technology. This is the whole cover and it is amazing. The colors and the depth of field allows you to actually see the logo of the new book. Let's say the Joker is taking over, it'll be the Batman title in the background, and you'll see the Joker title splattered on top of the Batman logo itself. It really sells the concept in a very visual way.