In spite of having hit some speed bumps in delivering all of the ordered 3-D motion covers for their single issues this month, DC Comics announced today that the eventual collected edition of The New 52 Villains Omnibus, coming to hardcover in December, will feature such a cover.
The wraparound image features Darkseid, The Joker and more villains, focusing on DC's best-selling franchises: Batman, Superman and Green Lantern. You can click on the image at right to see an animated GIF provided by DC.
The New 52 Villains Omnibus has actually been available via Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a while now for around $100, versus the retail of $150. A companion piece of archival material will also be released later this month when Necessary Evil: The Villains of the DC Universe hits stores, although that volume isn’t a big, impressive hardcover but instead will only run you about $15 online or $20 at your local comic shop.
“When we launched the New 52 in September of 2011, we decided to do something different and daring each September to draw attention to our line and really focus on what our goals are for the year,” DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said in an interview around the time of the volume's announcement. “What we did back in 2011 was relaunch our entire line. In 2012, we went back and looked at all our heroes with Zero Month and told some early stories and origins. This September we wanted to try something a little different and really explore our villain base, and show the challenges our heroes face with every story and every issue, because of the strength of the characters taking over their books in that month.”
Like the previous New 52 Omnibus and New 52 Zero Omnibus, the book will collect every comic published by DC during the special event month.
“September has always been a big month for us and we look for an opportunity every year in September to do something big that really redefines the line and invites anyone who hasn’t been following comics to step right in,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and Superman Unchained artist Jim Lee. “We launched the New 52 with all-new continuity and new costumes, Zero Month was all about origins of our heroes, and now the villains are taking over. One of the strengths of the DC Universe has been the strength of the rogues gallery. Often times they’re as famous – if not more infamous – than our heroes.”