Report: September 2013 is VILLAINS MONTH at DC Comics

The 10 Greatest JUSTICE LEAGUE Villains

The CollectedEditions blog found a curious listing Wednesday in a trade and hardcover preview from DC Comics thanks to "a retailer friend." DC and other publishers routinely send these out months or seasons ahead of release to give retailers proper preparation time for major — and sometimes expensive — hardcover titles. As a result, before any announcement by the publisher, their September 2013 plans have been leaked: Villain Month. Every ongoing comic in the New 52 will receive a new #1 and a new star — a bad guy — in September, continuing their now annual tradition of major events that month.

In September 2011, DC Comics rebooted their entire universe, releasing 52 first issues that started everything over for their heroes. In 2012, the publisher used the first month of Fall to release "zero" issues, which told origins or other tales set in the past from before those first issues.

The news comes from a listing of another new annual tradition for DC Comics, an omnibus hardcover collecting every issue they publish in September.

"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."

No further information, like exactly how many issues (the DCU has been shy of the 52 title quota in the last two months of solicitations), what villains, or creative teams is yet available.

Late last month, Warner Bros. and DC announced a documentary titled . In the initial press release for the film, DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns said, "It's time we deconstruct these complex and sinister antagonists and celebrate the role they play as the engine and energy of some of the greatest storytelling in comics. 2013 is the Year of the Villain at DC Comics."

DC could not be reached for comment as of publication.

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