3 Ways Year of the Villain Reshapes the DC Universe

DC has dubbed 2019 the “Year of the Villain.” With the Legion of Doom on the rise, a new organization called Leviathan dominating the criminal underworld and villains like Bane, Joker and the Arkham Knight making life a living nightmare for Gotham City’s residents, DC’s heroes have rarely been this outmatched. And with the release of DC’s Year of the Villain #1, we now have a much clearer idea of what the future holds in store for DC’s biggest villains.

Read on to find out how this standalone special shakes up the status quo and dramatically revamps characters like Lex Luthor.

Warning: Beware of spoilers for Year of the Villain #1!  

No doubt there’s more to this particular reveal, but Batman should probably brace himself for yet another heartbreak centered around one of his Robins.

Perpetua Rises

This issue ends with a chapter focused on Perpetua, the apparent “mother of the multiverse” whose emergence is at the heart of the current Justice League series. Perpetua’s ultimate goal is to upset the cosmic balance between justice and doom (or order and chaos) and tip the scales toward the latter. Perpetua is the secret hand guiding Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom, relying on Luthor to empower other villains and usher in a new wave of darkness across the world.

And even as Batman assembles an even bigger Justice League roster to combat this new threat, Perpetua reveals she has a few trump cards of her own. Year of the Villain #1 ends with Perpetua looking on as Luthor slowly evolves into a new metahuman form. Where previously Luthor relied on his own weapons technology to battle heroes like Superman, now he’s becoming more. And if Perpetua has her way, all of DC’s villains will follow in Luthor’s footsteps.

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