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DC Celebrates Year of the Villain with Spoiler-Filled Acetate Covers

DC Comics today released previews for several Year of the Villain acetate covers, some of which may give away major plot points to upcoming storylines.

For the uninitiated, acetate covers are comprised of a standard comic book cover and another translucent, plastic cover atop. Both covers feature detailed artwork, but the plastic cover is designed to obscure some of the the art of the cover beneath, allowing for often surprising reveals when the plastic cover is pulled away, revealing the thematically linked art beneath.

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Surprise seems to be the name of the game for DC this time around, as several of the acetate covers tease upcoming plot points, including the death and resurrection of various characters, and potential villainous turns for others. You can get an early peek at the covers and their issue synopses below.

Collectors should move fast, though. The acetate covers are limited to the first print run. Subsequent prints won't get the acetate treatment.

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ACTION COMICS #1017

  • writtenby BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
  • art by JOHN ROMITA JR. and KLAUS JANSON
  • acetate cover by JOHN ROMITA JR. and KLAUS JANSON
  • card stock variant cover by LUCIO PARRILLO
  • “Invisible War” part one! It’s one of the biggest creator reunions in years as writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist John Romita Jr. join forces for the first time since their blockbuster turns on Avengers and Avengers Vs. X-Men. In this issue, it’s all-out war on the streets of Metropolis—and at the end of this epic there will be a huge change to the status quo of the world of Superman—you do not want to miss this!
  • ON SALE 11.27.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • card stock variant cover $4.99
  • FC | RATED T
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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AQUAMAN #54

  • writtenby KELLY SUE DeCONNICK
  • art by ROBSON ROCHA and DANIEL HENRIQUES
  • acetate cover by DAN PANOSIAN
  • card stock variant cover by SHANE DAVIS and MICHELLE DELECKI
  • Black Manta and Mech Manta invade Amnesty Bay with one target in mind—Aqualad! Can Aquaman save his protégé from his deadly lineage? Or will the combined might of the Mantas finally be Arthur Curry’s undoing?
  • ON SALE 11.20.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • card stock variant cover $4.99
  • FC | RATED T
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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BATGIRL #41

  • writtenby CECIL CASTELLUCCI
  • art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
  • acetate cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
  • card stock variant cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
  • After a disastrous defeat at the hands of Oracle, Batgirl must find a way to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. But all the while Babs must ask herself how she can defeat a nemesis who knows her every move before she makes it!
  • ON SALE 11.27.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • card stock variant cover $4.99
  • FC | RATED T
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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BATMAN #82

  • writtenby TOM KING
  • art by MIKEL JANIN
  • acetate cover by DAVID FINCH
  • card stock variant cover by TRAVIS CHAREST
  • “City of Bane” part eight! Batman and his allies wage war on the City of Bane, but an unexpected turn of events will send everyone reeling. Will there be another death in the family, or can the Dark Knight break Bane’s iron grip over Gotham City?
  • ON SALE 11.6.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • card stock variant cover $4.99
  • FC | RATED T
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #7

  • writtenby BRYAN HILL
  • art by DEXTER SOY
  • acetate cover by JONBOY MEYERS
  • variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
  • Unable to cope with Black Lightning and Batman’s methods, Duke Thomas finds refuge in the philosophy of Ra’s al Ghul, becoming the latest acolyte of the Demon, as Ra’s at last begins to rebuild his empire!
  • ON SALE 11.13.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T+
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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BATMAN/SUPERMAN #4

  • writtenby JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
  • art by DAVID MARQUEZ
  • acetate cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
  • card stock variant cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
  • Even from prison, the Batman Who Laughs is staying two steps ahead of the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel. His plan to infect heroes and turn them into the Dark Multiverse versions of themselves is starting to build steam, with Shazam and others already succumbing to his evil toxin. Batman and Superman are racing the clock to prevent the other three members of the Secret Six from being poisoned, but they realize they are too late when those three come looking for them instead—one of whom is a lot closer to Superman than expected and itching for a fight!
  • ON SALE 11.27.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • card stock variant cover $4.99
  • FC | RATED T
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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CATWOMAN #17

  • writtenby JOELLE JONES
  • art by JOELLE JONES
  • acetate cover by DAVID FINCH
  • variant cover by ALBERTO VERANDA
  • Selina Kyle reconnects with her criminal roots, but to be Gotham City’s top thief again, she has to take out the boss. Using the gift given to her by Lex Luthor, she finally has the key to everything Raina Creel wants—and Catwoman is going to get it first. Which all sounds dandy in theory, but Creel has come too far and put up with too much humiliation from Catwoman to let her win again. It’s a Year of the Villain showdown, but who here is the baddest baddie?
  • ON SALE 11.13.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T+
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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DEATHSTROKE #49

  • writtenby CHRISTOPHER PRIEST
  • art by FERNANDO PASARIN and CAM SMITH
  • acetate cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
  • variant cover by SKAN
  • Having ascended to near godhood, Jericho must confront his father, with the lives of his mother and sister hanging in the balance. Does Deathstroke stand a chance against such power? And is there any humanity left inside Jericho?
  • ON SALE 11.06.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T+
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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DETECTIVE COMICS #1015

  • writtenby PETER J. TOMASI
  • art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
  • acetate cover by PAOLO PANTALENA
  • card stock variant cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
  • For centuries children have been told to be careful about what they wish for, and after years of yearning for his beloved to return, Mr. Freeze finally gets it. But frozen hearts don’t melt easily, and after years in cryostasis, Nora Fries is the ultimate ice queen. Gotham and Victor Fries will never be the same again.
  • ON SALE 11.13.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • card stock variant cover $4.99
  • FC | RATED T
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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THE FLASH #82

  • writtenby JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
  • art by RAFA SANDOVAL
  • acetate cover by GUILLEM MARCH
  • variant cover by KAMOME SHIRAHAMA
  • “Rogues Reign” part one! The speed force is dead, doom has gripped the earth, and the FLASH lives in a nightmare! Powered-up by Lex Luthor’s offer, Captain Cold led his team of Rogues to ultimate victory over Central City. Through the might of Mirror Master’s amplified abilities, the rogues have re-shaped reality itself into their own kingdoms of cruelty – Heat Wave’s volcanic territory, Weather Wizard’s floating armory of the elements, and at the center of it all, the icy castle of Captain Cold. But with the villains stealing the show, why is the greatest threat to their reign one of their own?
  • ON SALE 11.13.18
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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HARLEY QUINN #67

  • writtenby SAM HUMPHRIES
  • art by SAMI BASRI
  • acetate cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
  • variant cover by FRANK CHO
  • She’s bigger. She’s badder. She’s meaner. She’s Harley-er Quinn! And after accepting Lex Luthor’s offer, she’s waging a one-woman war on the Year of the Villain itself! This is the event issue to end all event issues—no, really!
  • ON SALE 11.06.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T+
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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HAWKMAN #18

  • writtenby ROBERT VENDITTI
  • art by PAT OLLIFFE and TOM PALMER
  • acetate cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
  • variant cover by RICHARD PACE
  • Corrupted with an infection concocted by the Batman Who Laughs, Carter Hall’s psyche is overpowered by the darkest of all his past lives: the Sky Tyrant, the villainous Hawkman of Earth-3! A merciless winged warrior with no remorse and no rival, Sky Tyrant is unleashed on our Earth. The only chance of stopping him lies with the fading consciousness of Carter Hall. The series that reinvented Hawkman’s mythology to encompass all of time and space takes its next adventurous leap into the Multiverse!
  • ON SALE 11.13.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T+
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE #35

  • writtenby SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
  • art by FRANCIS MANAPUL
  • acetate cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
  • variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
  • This issue: Lex Luthor wins! Everything Lex has been working for over the past year and a half comes to fruition as he finally possesses the fully powered Totality and plans to bend Hypertime to his will. The Legion of Doom’s leader will defeat the Justice League once and for all and make his final pitch to serve at Perpetua’s side—and the Multiverse will never be the same!
  • ON SALE 11.06.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T+
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #17

  • writtenby JAMES TYNION IV
  • art by JAVI FERNANDEZ
  • acetate cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
  • variant cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
  • For thousands of years, Circe has plotted in the shadows, waiting for the moment she would ascend to become the true goddess of magic. Now, with the Justice League Dark crushed at her feet, and her Injustice League Dark reigning victorious, she is ready to take her throne. Is there anyone who can possibly stop her?
  • ON SALE 11.27.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T+
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #15

  • writtenby DAN ABNETT
  • art by WILL CONRAD
  • acetate cover by NEIL GOOGE
  • variant cover by LUCIO PARRILLO
  • The Black Cube wakes! The new JLO team battles a massively powerful threat aboard their ship…and the ship is the first casualty. Stranded in space, Jessica Cruz’s leadership skills are tested to the limit as she tries to bring her dysfunctional crew together as a team before they all perish!
  • ON SALE 11.13.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T+
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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NIGHTWING #66

  • writtenby DAN JURGENS
  • art by RONAN CLIQUET
  • acetate cover by JONBOY MEYERS
  • card stock variant cover by WARREN LOUW
  • William Cobb has taken the Nightwings down one by one, leaving Ric on his own in a Blüdhaven that is literally aflame. Cobb offers Ric a chance to save his city by at last fulfilling his legacy as the Gray Son and becoming the new Talon and leading the Court of Owls into a new age.
  • ON SALE 11.20.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • card stock variant cover $4.99
  • FC | RATED T
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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RED HOOD: OUTLAW #40

  • writtenby SCOTT LOBDELL
  • art by DAVID MESSINA
  • acetate cover by GUILLEM MARCH
  • variant cover by PHILIP TAN and MARC DEERING
  • After their first mission in the field, all the Outlaws want is to head back to the Block for some R&R. Unfortunately, no sooner do they get home than they find themselves under assault from Shay Veritas’ clones! It’s like Night of the Living Duplicates in there, and Red Hood is nowhere to be found. Is he teaching them a dangerous (but hopefully valuable) lesson with his absence, or is he dealing with something even bigger and more terrifying?
  • ON SALE 11.13.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T+
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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SUPERGIRL #36

  • writtenby MARC ANDREYKO
  • art by EDUARDO PANSICA and JULIO FERREIRA
  • acetate cover by DAN MORA
  • card stock variant cover by DERRICK CHEW
  • Supergirl—the infected! Brainiac-1 attempts to contact Supergirl at the Fortress of Solitude, but for what nefarious purpose? No matter what he has planned, things are about to go from bad to worse as Supergirl heads on a collision course with the Batman Who Laughs! He’s targeted Superman as part of his plan to infect heroes and transform them into their twisted Dark Multiverse counterparts—but Supergirl gets caught in the crossfire, and the Year of the Villain stakes get even higher!
  • ON SALE 11.13.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • card stock variant cover $4.99
  • FC | RATED T
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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SUPERMAN #17

  • writtenby BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
  • art by KEVIN MAGUIRE and SEAN PARSONS
  • acetate cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
  • variant cover by ADAM HUGHES
  • Superman’s new Fortress of Solitude sits in the most remote corner of the Bermuda Triangle. Constructed using Kryptonian technology far beyond anything our world knows, filled with intergalactic, pan-dimensional secrets from all over the Multiverse...how could it possibly be missing?
  • ON SALE 11.13.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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TEEN TITANS #36

  • writtenby ADAM GLASS
  • art by BERNARD CHANG
  • acetate cover by DAN MORA
  • variant cover by ALEX GARNER
  • Like father, like daughter! Apex Lex has given Lobo the power to control Crush, and together they’re going to take down the Teen Titans! Try as she might, Crush struggles to resist Lobo’s influence…but to her horror, she starts to enjoy the madness! And finally, after all this time, it’s time to meet...the Other!
  • ON SALE 11.20.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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THE TERRIFICS #22

  • writtenby GENE LUEN YANG
  • art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
  • acetate cover by STEPHEN BYRNE
  • variant cover by RILEY ROSSMO
  • The Terrifics have failed, and Bizarro has turned back the clock on Gateway City! With the twisted Man of Yesterday in control of time itself, the Terrifics must battle their way back from the dawn of human history to survive! That is, if the Terribles don’t find them and kill them first. Things am not looking bad, me don’t declare!
  • ON SALE 11.27.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.

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WONDER WOMAN #82

  • writtenby STEVE ORLANDO
  • art by JESUS MERINO
  • acetate cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
  • variant cover by JENNY FRISON
  • Now that Cheetah has gained control of Themyscira, Wonder Woman must return home for a final showdown. Does she stand a chance against this scholar-turned-monster whose sole purpose was to enter this mythical realm? Meanwhile, Earth is left unprotected and some of Themyscira’s most vile creations have found their way there. What chaos awaits Wonder Woman if she ever returns? Join returning writer Steve Orlando for the first chapter of this six-issue tale!
  • ON SALE 11.13.19
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • FC | RATED T
  • This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
  • Please note the acetate covers will be available on first printings only.
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