Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics is comprised of 26 origin tales and stories featuring Bane, Ra’s al Ghul, Zod, Sinestro, Black Adam, Lex Luthor, Reverse-Flash, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Black Manta, and many more. Each of them highlights a major event in the DC Universe and gives a breakdown of the villain’s essential storylines and powers and weapons. If memory serves me well, these two-page introductions to each criminal were featured on DC’s website at one point. It’s still nice to have them in print here.
Several different writers are included in Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics. Scott Beatty handles most of the origin stories. Geoff Johns, Judd Winick, Darwyn Cooke, Dave Gibbons, Jeph Loeb, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, Steve Purcell, Denny O’Neil, Richard Donner, and Peter J. Tomasi all contribute as well. Highlights of the book for me consist of “The Demon Lives Again!” featuring Ra’s al Ghul; Superman the Movie Director Richard Donner’s pairing with Geoff Johns for “The Criminals of Krypton” with Zod, Non, and Ursa; and “Batman-Hush: The Joke” which stars the Joker.
There’s plenty of variety when it comes to artistic style found in Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics. Tim Sale, Jim Lee, Scott McDaniel, Mike Mignola, Neal Adams, and Tony Daniel are just a few of the many talents celebrated here. It’s nice to have a good collection of some of the top artists in the comic book industry all in one place.
Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics is an excellent way to honor the bad guys who make our super heroes what they are. We all love to hate them. I’m sure there are multiple stories for fans of any of our noble heavyweights to enjoy in this book. It’s also a great starting point for new readers to get familiar with these evildoers and outlaws.