For the past year or so, there have been two major villains at the heart of the DC Universe: Lex Luthor and the Batman Who Laughs. “Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen” has been the spot where the two have intersected, bringing together the two threads from Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV’s epic “Justice League” saga. That series concludes next week with “Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen” #4, and we’ve got an exclusive preview of the issue.
Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Steve Epting
Colored by Nick Filardi
Lettered by Travis Lanham
This is it! Lex Luthor has gathered a strike force of villains he’s leveled up to be the baddest bad guys around-Captain Cold, Oracle, Solomon Grundy, Black Manta, and Lobo, each and every one a recipient of one of Lex’s dark gifts.
But the Batman Who Laughs has his own army of infected heroes. Six hundred sixty-six of them, all transformed into their worst selves.
It’s a final showdown between two of DC’s most iconic villains, all to curry the favor of Perpetua. Whoever wins will take over the Multiverse alongside her. Does Lex ascend, or does he get laid low? Does the Batman Who Laughs finally remake the DC Universe in his own image? Either way, life for our heroes will never be the same.
Thanks to DC for the preview, and make sure to pick up the issue next week!