Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Steve Epting Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 26, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 28
7.0Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Apex Lex Luthor's first run-in with the Infected didn't go as planned, and the Batman Who Laughs' influence is continuing to spread. Now Lex must find out who in the world can think like the Batman Who Laughs-and there are only two folks who come to mind. The first is Batman, who probably has his own ideas for Lex; the other is The Joker, who also likely has his own ideas, but who just maybe wants to see this twisted doppelgänger sent back to the Dark Multiverse he came from. It's a gamble Lex has to take, because the Infected are gearing up for round two!

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 26, 2020

    With a lot of story elements tied to Dark Nights: Death Metal, Tynion seemingly can only take this story so far but hes making it an exciting and unpredictable journey. This villain focused special hasnt disappointed yet and with the finale next month itll be exciting to see how this story wraps up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 26, 2020

    This feels like the culmination of a year of stories that upgraded great villains like Captain Cold and Black Manta (and Oracle, who didn't quite land how DC was hoping). This has been a tight series, and it seems likely the conclusion will be a thrill ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Bryant Lucas Mar 1, 2020

    If you've liked the past few years ofJustice League get this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Feb 27, 2020

    Lex and the Joker " Just seeing two iconic villains teaming up"albeit, can those egos ever really work together".is worth the price on this one! And you get another glimpse at Punchline"can't wait until Harley sees her! This might be one of those obscure issues you wished you had invested in! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 28, 2020

    At the end of the issue, Lex stages a big showdown at the Hall of Justice. It is super wacky and I wasn't very into it so it didn't have much impact for me. It felt flat to me, and I know the creators thought they were doing something exciting. Sadly, it didn't connect and land for me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Mar 5, 2020

    All things taken equally,Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 isn't abad comic per se. But it is a step back from the slam-bang fisticuffs of previous installments. There's some great interplay between Joker and Lex, and the table is set for the (supposedly) final throwdown with the Batman Who Laughs. It's a table-setting issue, which is fine, but it is dragged down by inconsistent art. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 26, 2020

    Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 talks a good game, but you'll have to come back next month to find out if it's all worth it.  Tynion is doing his best to convince the reader that this is a big story, with guest stars crazier than the last and crazy twists and turns, but it just hasn't reached that level with me yet.  The art was good enough, but unfortunately, so was the story and something that's supposed to tie up so much a send us to bigger and better things needs to be better than "good enough".   Here's hoping it all ends on a high note in next month's conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    GWW - Deron Generally Feb 25, 2020

    Epting and Fernandez shine with the art in the issue. The characters look great and the panels are laid out beautifully as they move story along. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Adam Barnhardt Feb 26, 2020

    If you're looking for something with a lot of plotting, scheming, and exposition, this might be your favorite book of the week. If not, well... you get the gist. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Feb 26, 2020

    When all is said and done, Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 is a bit of a stumble. Narrative shortcomings and missed opportunities weigh down this book considerably. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Feb 27, 2020

    I'm starting to feel as though talent at the DC office are having pity parties over which creator actually has the current big bad for the DC Universe, and the result of that is this nonsense. Add in the fact that Hell Arisen is extremely overwritten and desperately screams, "This book is big! No, really! It matters! IT MATTERS!!!" when in reality I just can't bring myself to care because DC can't bring themselves to plan properly. Read Full Review

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