Lex Luthor vs Batman Who Laughs in ‘Hell Arisen’ Event
The main event is set for Year of the Villain; the most aggressive crossover event in comic book history. The major event will be written by James Tynion IV and artist Steve Epting and will put “Apex” Lex Luthor against the most dangerous being from the dark multiverse, Batman Who Laughs.
The series will bring together stories that have been lingering spanning Dark Nights: Meal, Justice/Doom War, Batman/Superman: Infected and the overlying event Year of the Villain.
Recently, James Tynion IV spoke to ScreenRant about the Hell Arisen event:
“It is the culmination of both threads. Taking a step back: when Scott Snyder, Josh Willianson and I were talking about what we wanted to build out on the other side of Dark Nights: Metal, the big even a couple of years ago, we built this whole big map. One part of the map was the Justice League side of the map. And more than anything, that story was the story of Lex Luthor. What Lex Luthor would build, and what he would become, in pursuit of making Doom arrive in the universe. Basically tipping the entire psychic energy of everything towards evil. This is why we’ve seen in the ‘Year of the Villain’ books and the tie-ins. This is the story that’s really coming to a head right now. Lex Luthor has never been more powerful or more dangerous in the DC Universe.”
Tynion went on the speak about how the Hell Arisen event came about:
“Simultaneous to that we’ve had a thread that started off kind of secretly. We had a couple of issues in Justice League where we would see the Batman Who Laughs in operation in the DC Universe. Then we got the Scott Snyder/Jock Batman Who Laughs miniseries where we start to see…What is the plan that he has had in motion since he was left in this world? Now we’re seeing that plan come to ahead with the ‘Infected’ storyline in Batman/Superman. When we first started mapping all of that out, we literally had a whiteboard and it was broken into two parts. Then at the end of those two parts there was an arrow pointing down and an arrow pointing up, coming to a head. That head was Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen. You know, ‘Hell Arisen’ stands for ‘HA’. This is the moment where we see these two profoundly evil plans for the DC Universe literally collide with each other in the biggest, most dangerous way possible. This is the ‘Infection’, this is Luthor entire ‘Year of the Villain’ storyline, intersecting in the biggest, most dangerous way.”
Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen begins the culmination of the massive Year of the Villain event from DC Comics. With the multiverse facing destruction from Lex Luthor and Perpetua, the only thing that can stop it is the original threat from he dark multiverse: Batman Who Laughs. As the two villains face off for the fate of the DC Multiverse only one bad guy can reign supreme.
Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #1 is due in comic retailer everywhere on December 18th.
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