Jim Lee and Dan DiDio just announced Villains Month, and now Geoff Johns and David Finch do the same for the New 52's first line-wide event, Forever Evil.
Johns and Finch spoke with USA Today revealing the following:
Forever Evil is a seven-issue series debuts in September as part of "Villains Month" written by Geoff Johns with art by David Finch.
First issue features 3D cover.
Spins out of Trinity War where "the Justice League winds up out of commission, and the bad guys come to the fore to rule the world."
Three five-issue tie-in books will launch in October as follows:
Forever Evil: Rogues. Writer Brian Buccellato (The Flash) and Patrick Zircher (Suicide Squad) put the spotlight on the Flash's colorful and infamous gang of Rogues, led by Captain Cold — a particular favorite of Johns, the former Flash writer, as well as Finch. "I just love his mask," the artist says. "He looks very steely and a little bit dead in the eye, which is very evil."
Forever Evil: Arkham War. "The biggest story with Bat-villains you've ever seen," as Johns describes it, features the creative team of Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps) and Scot Eaton (X-Men).
Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) pens a title featuring the government agency Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans. DC comic fans have seen increasingly shady things the group's been doing, and Steve Trevor will be learning about those as the audience does. "His heart is good," Johns says, "and if ARGUS has a chance of rising above what it is right now and becoming a heroic force in the future, it's up to Steve Trevor."
Matt Kindt will take over Justice League Of America with Martian Manhunter at the center.
Johns stays on Justice League which features the rise of villains and new unlikely heroes banding together.
Spoiler for Catwoman:
Guess she's alive after all as she will have an "integral role" in Forever Evil.
"She's a sexy character who uses that like a weapon but she also has a more vulnerable side to her that Geoff showed off so well in Justice League of America," Finch says. "It made me believe in her as a character."
She is the ultimate thief. She can break in anywhere, she can break out of anywhere, there is no place that can hold her and no place that can keep her out," Johns says.
"In my mind, she is unstoppable. Her longing for finding out answers about some things in her past that we've set up is key for her drive over the next big story."
By issue two the good guys will be made known that will be taking on the villains.
Johns offers the following tease, suggesting the villains may not get along:
Evil's relative, right?" Johns says. "There are some that want to rule the world, there are some that simply want to put food on the table, there are some who want to simply kill for the thrill, and there are some who don't consider themselves a villain."
Lex Luthor shares a similar sentiment in an upcoming issue: "They call me a bad guy, as if we're labeled as easily as night and day."
"The Justice League is dead, the villains inherit the Earth — well, what does that even mean?" Johns says. "Some of them might not like how it's being run. Some of them might like the old way better.
"Once the heroes are off the table, what's that mean for the villains? What can they accomplish together?"