DC Comics Updates Its Solicitations for The Year Of The Villain – The Offer, After Lex Luthor's Transformation (Spoilers)

Today's DC's Year of The Villain #1 sets up the upcoming Year Of The Villain event running throughout the DC Universe. And shows us just what Lex Luthor is turning into, the Offer he is making and the method he is using… Doom Drones.


Shocked by the "death" of Lex Luthor, the Justice League find they may be forced to side with the Legion of Doom if humankind can survive the upcoming destruction of the Multiverse. But, after a very different Lex Luthor appears to rise from the grave and begins making offers across the DC Universe, the League realizes the threat is even bigger and more dangerous than they ever imagined. Lex launches hundreds of "Doom Drones," each carrying a unique message for its target-the super-villains of the DCU. Scott Snyder (w) Jorge Jimenez (a)


Building off the events of ACTION COMICS, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev begin a six-issue mystery event that sees the DC Universe's greatest detectives-including Batman, Green Arrow and the Question-searching for the new truth behind attacks that wiped out the Kobra Cult, the D.E.O. and other security agencies around the globe. Who is behind the rise of a newly aggressive and dangerous Leviathan? That's the question that needs answering, as an attack on A.R.G.U.S. leaves the world shaken. Brian Michael Bendis (w) Alex Maleev (a)

BATMAN #75 (JULY 17)

Bane broke the Batman once-now he's back to take the Dark Knight's city. The numerous and interconnected threads of writer Tom King's BATMAN run begin to weave together, as artist Tony S. Daniel returns to the title for "City of Bane" beginning with July's BATMAN #75. As the twice-monthly title kicks into high gear, Bane leads a slew of villains including Psycho-Pirate and FLASHPOINT's Thomas Wayne in a takeover of Gotham, leaving Batman and his allies fighting to take back their hometown. Tom King (w) Tony S. Daniel (a)


The bonds of trust and friendship between the World's Finest heroes are tested as Batman and Superman unite to uncover who's already been infected and twisted into a Dark Multiverse version of themselves by the Batman Who Laughs And who else is the DARK NIGHTS: METAL villain targeting? Writer Joshua William-son and artist David Marquez tackle the ongoing team-up book focused on the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight handling the biggest mysteries and threats in the DC Universe. Joshua Williamson (w) David Marquez (a)

JULY 2019: Doom Drones land across the globe: Gotham City, Metropolis, Central City and beyond. The messages vary, but the goal remains constant: evil must win. This is the YEAR OF THE VILLAIN!


The Invisible Mafia holds a death grip on the Metropolis underworld…until Lex pays a visit to their criminal competition. Brian Michael Bendis (w) Szymon Kudranski (a) Jamul Campbell (c)


Former Legion of Doom teammates re-unite when Luthor comes calling with the impossible: Black Manta's dead father. Kelly Sue DeConnick (w) Robson Rocha & Daniel Henriques (a/c)


Luthor pulls together endless strings of code and long-dormant computer files, bringing Oracle back online-and she's angry. Cecil Castellucci (w) Carmin Di Giandomenico (a/c)

BATMAN #75 (JULY 17)

As the man who once broke the Bat takes control of Gotham City, Bane mulls an offer from Lex Luther that may change the course of the brute's plans in "City of Bane". Tom King (w) Tony S. Daniel (a/c)


Ousted from power and stripped of wealth, Ra's al Ghul is a broken man. But Lex plans for the Outsiders to become Ra's' new League of Assassins. Bryan Hill (w) Dexter Soy (a) Tyler Kirkham (c)

CATWOMAN #13 (JULY 10) "Come now, Selina. Still playing the hero…? Stop pretending you're something you're not." It's Lex's words versus Cat-woman's will! Joelle Jones (w/a/c)


Slade Wilson's son Jericho accepts Lex's offer of power but is determined to use it as a force for good…so why is Lex smiling? Christopher Priest (w) Fernando Pasarin (a) Ed Benes (c)


Lex delivers the cure for Mr. Freeze's beloved wife Nora, freeing her from cryo-stasis. But something else is very, very wrong with her… Peter J. Tomasi (w) Doug Mahnke (a/c)


When Lex makes Cold an offer of power, the captain wants something else. Something for all the Flash Rogues… Joshua Williamson (w) Howard Porter Scott Kolins (a) Porter (c)


Ugh, ANOTHER comics event? Harley undermines our cash-grab and disrupts an otherwise very serious list of story synopses by parodying Year of the Crisis or whatever. Sam Humphries (w) Sami Basri (a) Guillem March (c)


His darkness knowing no bounds, Lex makes an offer to the shadows themselves. Robert Venditti (w) Pat 011iffe (a) Roger Robinson (c)


Lex's plan hasn't gone unnoticed: Martian Manhunter learns of "the offer" and will pay the price for that knowledge. James Tynion (y) Javi Fernandez (a) Bruno Redondo (c)


Apez Lez' is a monster now, and he knows other monsters. And where Circe can find them. James Tynion IV (w) Mark Buckingham and Daniel  Sampere (a) Guillem March (c)


Luther delivers to the Court of Owls the means to own what they covet most. Dan Jurgens (w) Ronan Cliquet (a) Bruno Redondo (c)

RED HOOD #36 (JULY 10)

What can Lez offer former sidekick Jason Todd? Sidekicks… broken,  battered and catastrophically dangerous sidekicks. Scott Lobdell (w) Pere Woods (a) Dan Panosian (c)


If Brainiac is the Hall of Doom, why is Lex upgrading an old Brainiac drone body. And why is the drone calling itself the true Brainiac? Marc Andreyko (w) Kevin Maguire (a) Yanick Paquette (c)


Deadly plans, murderous schemes and evil dealings. Each of Lex's offers means doom for the heroes. So why is Lex now talking to Lois Lane? Brian Michael Bendis (w) Ivan Reis (a/c)


Lobo wants a daughter he can be proud of. Crush wants nothing to do with her father. Lex is about to ruin Crush's life. Adam Glass (w) Bernard Chang (a) Giuseppe Cammuncoli (c)


The Bizarre-Terrifies were almost the most dangerous things in the universe. When Lex gives them a time machine, they become the most dangerous things in the universe. Gene Yang (w) Stephen Segovia (a) Dan Mora (c)


Lex approaches The Cheetah offering a weapon powerful enough to destroy Wonder Woman once and for all. The fatal feline pounces on the opportunity. G. Willow Wilson (w) Xermanico (a) Terry and Rachel Dodson (c)

Darkness spreads in July's "THE OFFER" and continues in August's "DARK GIFTS"!

And a quick precis of what came before…


NO JUSTICE #4: An ancient celestial construct, "the Source Wall" sits at the edge of the universe between known space-time and the final cosmic truth beyond. A crack forms in its face – and it's growing.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1-7: A shard from the Source Wall falls to Earth. Crackling with near-omnipotent power, it's recovered by the Justice League and dubbed "the Totality."

JUSTICE LEAGUE #5: Plagued by visions of an alternate future where his dogma of "survival of the fittest" brings about the apex of human civilization, Lex vows to bring that vision to life.


JUSTICE LEAGUE #12: Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom steal the Totality to harness its power for themselves.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ANNUAL #1: The Source Wall falls, and the Multiverse begins to unravel. JUSTICE LEAGUE #18: The Totality is revealed as the ancient cosmic deity Perpetua. Creator of her universe and pure evil, Perpetua wields power beyond human comprehension-which Lex seeks to bring about his destiny of doom.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #17-18: Lex learns the true heritage of humanity: humans and the Martian race were once one. Mankind cannot reach its apex unless reunited with their alien ancestors.


YEAR OF THE VILLAIN 25-CENT SPECIAL: Lex data-mines the mind of Amanda Waller, the foremost authority on super-villains, to leverage for his own nefarious scheme.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #25 (June 5): Lex launches hundreds of "Doom Drones," each carrying a unique message for its target-the super-villains of the DCU.

JULY 2019: Doom Drones land across the globe: Gotham City, Metropolis, Central City and beyond. The messages vary, but the goal remains constant: evil must win. This is the YEAR OF THE VILLAIN!

DC Comics Updates Its Solicitations for The Year Of The Villain - The Offer, After Lex Luthor's Transformation

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