Yawn: In DC’s ‘Year of the Villain’, the Heroes Become Evil

The idea of turning heroes into villains was done to death long ago. According to this superficial Hollywood Reporter article:


A new line of special issues will showcase heroes who have been transformed into evil versions of themselves, beginning with Shazam!
Corruption is spreading across DC’s comic book universe — and across DC’s publishing line, as well.


It already did. Years ago. Judging from this news, it doesn’t sound like they’re interested in ensuring Billy Batson appeals to the moviegoers who watched that movie a few months ago. Oh, and look who one of the writers assigned to this project happens to be:


Launching in November, a series of special issues under the banner The Infected will showcase the six heroes across DC’s fictional universe who have been transformed into their own worst nightmares. The releases begin with The Infected: King Shazam! by Sina Grace and Joe Bennett on Nov. 6, followed by The Infected: Scarab by Dennis Hallum and Freddie E. Williams II on Nov. 20, focusing on Shazam! and Blue Beetle, respectively.


The same Sina Grace who followed Brian Bendis and turned Iceman inside out over at Marvel Comics? Just goes to show that, if Marvel can hire some of DC’s SJW bunglers for their output, so too can DC and vice versa. Turning heroes evil has been done already, even with co-stars, and I’m sure there’s an example or two out there of Lois Lane being brainwashed into criminality. Marvel also did this more than once with Scarlet Witch, most notoriously during Avengers: Disassembled. And some of the worst examples from DC would have to be Emerald Twilight in 1994, and Geoff Johns’ early JSA issues wherein Obsidian was turned into a cardboard baddie for the sake of it, and murdered his stepfather. The disgusting tale was inexcusable.


The thinking seems to be that, because heroes supposedly aren’t interesting, it works far better to change them to villains, even though that’s little more than an excuse to avoid the challenge of character development and drama. This is being dubbed ‘DC’s Dark Multiverse’. With that kind of mindset prevailing at DC and other such companies, is it any wonder their creations lost impact? Another example that should never have seen print was 1992’s Eclipso: The Darkness Within, where the titular villain, spawned from the solar scientist Bruce Gordon via a cursed black diamond, infected dozens of superheroes in the DCU. Even that was just a waste of paper, leading into a brief series that saw Wildcat and Dr. Mid-Nite’s two proteges, Yolanda Montez and Beth Chapel, killed off.

It goes without saying DC’s practically given everybody a good reason to avoid this crossover even before it reaches the stores, as they note Supergirl’s among the infected, and it looks like Hawkman and Blue Beetle are too. Everyone who realizes these crossovers are in such bad faith should keep their wallets in their pockets and not buy the upcoming books.



Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1