Comic Review: New Year’s Evil #1 (DC Comics)

New Year’s Evil, a one-shot from DC Comics, is a good bet for holiday comic reading. Featuring ten new stories with ten different creative teams, the odds are that you […]

New Year’s Evil, a one-shot from DC Comics, is a good bet for holiday comic reading.

Featuring ten new stories with ten different creative teams, the odds are that you will like the majority of them.

The villains represented here include The Joker, Toyman, Sinestro, Poison Ivy, Calendar Man and a few more.
Heroes are fewer and further between; Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and a bushel of other do-gooders.

The high points for me include Poison Ivy in “Auld Langs Ivy”, written by Jim Krieg, with art by Aneke and colour by Hi-Fi.
Krieg manages to make reference to vaping causing popcorn lung, and ‘incels’, making this one of the most startlingly current and ‘relevant’ tale in the book.
This kind of real dialogue grounds the story. The art and colouring are also strong, making this a nicely played tale of New Year’s Evil.

Likewise, Vita Ayala writes a sympathetic and humourous seasonal story with Harley Quinn, in “Little Christmas Tree”. Nicely illustrated by Elena Casagrande with colours by Jordie Bellaire.

There’s more, there’s more. More good stories and strong artwork. And frankly, there are also a few where the writer confuses the reader, by switching back and forth in time too many times. (“before”, “now”, “later than before”, that sort of thing). Oh well, them’s the breaks, kid.

Pick up this issue, it’s a good read.

DC Comics, New Year’s Evil, $9.99 for 84 pages of content. Teen Plus

Alan Spinney

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