After the disappointing return to Project Omac in the Project Omac infinite Crisis Special I was not expecting much out of the Villains United special. Sometimes, though, things just turn out right.
Villains United was great. This was easily my favorite of all the specials. It features non-stop action and loads of super villains.
The Story (beware of impending spoilers)
Way back before the Infinite Crisis began, Lex Luthor assembled a super group of the world’s meta-villains. Six villains refused to join Luthor and reluctantly formed their own group instead called the Sinister Six. They were blackmailed in to doing this by “Mockingbird” (later revealed to be Lex Luthor) who also lead the group from a remote location.
The Villains United special picks up after Infinite Crisis #6 and reveals the master plot of the Secret Society: free the prisoners of every holding facility on Earth.
Though Earth’s heroes made a hard attempt to stave this mass prison break, they failed. This was due in part to being caught off guard by the Society, but mainly because Earth’s mightiest heroes have went missing.
I was expecting more of the Secret Six in this issue, but wasn’t at all disappointed to merely catch a few glimpses of them. This comic was definitely a set up for the upcoming Secret Six #1 and Infinite Crisis #7, but that didn’t make it a mere filler issue. It was a filler Issue done right. The brief fight between Black Adam and Captain Nazi was cool, and I enjoyed the fast paced storytelling.
The art was good and the ending was great. Seeing the return of a major villain (I won’t spoil it for you by revealing who that is) was a plus and it really got me geared up to read Infinite Crisis #7.
If you’ve been keeping up with the whole Infinite Crisis thing, you had better not miss this issue. It was a great series to begin with and was a strong issue.
Missing or dead heroes
The following is a list of missing or dead heroes according to a Oracle’s computer screen (as revealed in the Villains United special):
- Wonder Woman
- All Earth-Based Green Lanterns
- Entire Marvel Family
- All Flashes
- Jesse Quick
- Captain Atom
- Donna Troy
- Power Girl