Year of the Villain: Lex Luthor #1

Writer: Jason Latour Artist: Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 18, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 22
7.4Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Apex Lex has made his offer to the villains of the DC Universe...but has the super-powered evil genius gotten what he truly desires? The most deadly predator in the Multiverse has set out to answer that question by seeking out his counterparts on other Earths. But will this meeting of the Luthors be the greatest team-up in all of creation...or end in a bloodbath?

  • 9.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Sep 18, 2019

    But perhaps the biggest compliment I can give Lex Luthor is that I felt like I more deeply understood him and his pathology by the end of the issue. I got a new level of nuance that only a deep dive into the multiverse could properly give. I'm deeply impressed by how the creative team manages to make the person behind the Year of the Villain even more villainous. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 18, 2019

    Bryan Hitch delivers some fantastic art in this issue. Everything from the different interpretations of Lex to the unique worlds of the multiverse are drawn brilliantly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 18, 2019

    I'm a sucker for alternate reality stories concerning heroes and villains and this issue dives headfirst into Lex Luthor's possible selves in other planes of existence. Hitch's art gives this an event feel while the story is fun in ways only comics can achieve thanks to Latour's imaginative ideas. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 18, 2019

    Lex Luthor: Year of the Villain #1, written by Marvel and Image Comics mainstay Jason Latour, focusing on mastermind Lex Luthor, may be the best of the lot so far thanks to a twisty multiverse-spanning tale that takes Luthor down the many roads not taken. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Sep 23, 2019

    Monstrosity and tragedy insidiously slither through this holistic one-shot to intertwine at the heart of what it means to be "only Luthor." Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 19, 2019

    This is another nice chapter in this storyline and it is a key issue. It's also a very involving, if a bit crazy comic book issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Ben Snyder Sep 18, 2019

    Year Of The Villain: Lex Luthor #1 is an entertaining introspection into what makes this iconic villain so complex. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Sep 20, 2019

    Lex Luthor is the ultimate super-villain, and this book should've reflected that instead, we get example after example of Luthors that do nothing but fail epically. Yes, the ending is pretty great, but it can't save the rest of the issue from being mediocre. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 18, 2019

    Jason Latour and Bryan Hitch show us what Lex is doing when he isn't busy offering everyone special powers for evil intent.  It's not a must-read, but it looks great and should be a bonus for all the Lex Luthor fans in the house.  Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Neilan Adams Sep 19, 2019

    An entertaining introspection into the world of Lex Luthor. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Legion - Josh Davenport Sep 18, 2019

    This issue is a fun one that examines Lex Luthor as a character and it's one that shows us all the different possibilities for how someone like him could turn out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Sep 18, 2019

    While there are some cool moments and interesting concepts played at, in the end Lex Luthor: Year of the Villain #1 provides a decent stepping stone to hopefully a larger payoff as the Year of the Villain story line continues forward. If Year of the Villain is an interest to you I think you will want to grab this one. Otherwise, there isn't a lot here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 18, 2019

    This isn't the strongest spin-off and isn't essential reading for only the most die-hard Luthor fan. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Sep 19, 2019

    Unless you are trying to read the complete the Villain of the Year crossover event, I think this is a pass. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Chase Magnett Sep 18, 2019

    Despite an abundance of ideas, this comic flops when forced to stand on its own two feet. Read Full Review

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