September marks the end of the second full year of DC Comics’ New 52, and it looks like the publisher once again plans to do something special to mark the event. Similar to September 2012’s zero issue month across the publisher’s line, Collected Editions reports the rumor that DC plans to do a collection of Villain-centric new #1 issues across the New 52 come September. The information comes from a omnibus listing in the newest DC Comics trade catalog, found below.
DC New 52 Villains Omnibus
In September 2013, evil took over, as every title in the DC Universe published special new #1s featuring the villains of the DC Universe, collected here in a massive hardcover edition.
A giant-size, hardcover omnibus collection of the special “villains issues” published line-wide in September 2013, spotlighting the greatest villains of the DCU.
Collected Editions further states that there will be 56 issues, instead of DC’s normal magic number of 52. The publisher did something similar for select titles in January 2009 with its “Faces of Evil” promotion during “Final Crisis,” which hoped to answer the question, “What happens when evil wins?” 19 of DC’s regularly published titles featured a villain on the cover, but the issues kept their individual numbering. In addition, there were four one-shot “Faces of Evil” issues, which each dealt with a single villain.
In the same way that “Faces of Evil” led into the aftermath of “Final Crisis,” DC’s Villains Month is placed the month following the conclusion of Geoff Johns and Jeff Lemire’s “Trinity War,” which spans the “Justice League” titles. While it’s unknown whether the Villains Month will tie in at all with “Trinity War,” the possibility certainly exists that the month will serve as a buffer or transition to the aftermath of the crossover event.
CBR has reached out to DC comics for further information on the event.