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Review: DC Comics Super-Villains: 100 Greatest Moments by Robert Greenberger

About the Book:

Title: DC Comics Super-Villains: 100 Greatest Moments Highlights from the History of the World’s Greatest Super-Villains

Author: Robert Greenberger

Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group – Chartwell Books

Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels , Reference

Synopsis:

DC Comics has created some of the most twisted and complex villainous characters in the world of comics. The third installment in the popular 100 Greatest Moments of DC Comics series, DC Comics Super-Villains features the pivotal acts that shaped the characters of 74 of these bad guys in over 200 pages of art.

Every hero needs a villain. In fighting them, the extreme superiority of our heroes is revealed. The methods and morals of villains are usually the key difference between them and the heroes. Batman, for instance, is a vigilante who cleans up the streets while never stooping so low as to kill the deplorable criminals he battles. What makes him truly good is that he upholds these standards even when he’s faced with a villain like the Joker, an entity that would arguably be better off dead. 

Many bad guys cause mayhem for mayhem’s sake, with sometimes no apparent reason other than simply being bad. What makes a villain great, however, is the complexity of their character. The truly terrible villains of DC Comics have depths of cruelty that grow with them, and specific motivations driving them. In these pages, you will see these super-villains at the peak of their achievements; committing heinous acts of death and destruction, all to achieve a specific goal. They challenge the heroes and their ideals, seeing the caped and cowled figures as obstacles to be overcome.

Compiled by several groups of hardcore fans, these 100 moments are the greatest (worst?) villainous acts in DC Comic book history. A summary of each super-villain brings new fans up to speed, from their origins to their most dastardly revivals. It’s a great starting point for new readers or a nostalgic look for hardcore fans through the villains old and new.

Review

This book, DC Comics Super-Villains: 100 Greatest Moments by Robert Greenberger, is a gem with loads of information about so many villains. It tells the history and details about these moments when the villains were at their peak. As someone who thinks a great villain makes a story even more interesting, I found this book really interesting and informative.

The book tells readers the details about 100 villains who have appeared over 80 years of DC comics and their greatest moments i.e. when they were at their peak.

I believe a great villain plays a major role in making a story great.

The villains ranging from Amazo to Brainiac, Deadshot to Deathstroke, Court of Owls to Crime Syndicate of America, Darkseid to Doomsday, Professor Hugo Strange to Ra’s Al Ghul, and Joker to Lex Luthor are told about in this book.

The best superheroes have the best super villains. The book also tells about the evolution of simple villains into complex super villains. As someone fairly new to comics, even the introduction in the book is full of useful information. Some of the things I am trying to say are what this book said the best such as:

The best villains are the ones who see themselves as hero, doing what must be done for the greater good.”

DC Comics Super-Villains: 100 Greatest Moments by Robert greenberger

Where Batman represents law and order, the Joker is his opposite, a manifestation of chaos. Luthor is the smartest man on Earth but hates that an alien from Krypton is more beloved because of his superpowers. The conflict between these duos evolve through the ages but remain eternal.” 

 ROBERT GREENBERGER (DC COMICS SUPER-VILLAINS: 100 GREATEST MOMENTS)

I learnt how and why villains changed from mad scientists and gangsters to true rivals with complex plot and storylines. 

Superman when first appeared he took on social justice causes because he lacked a true rival then. For Batman, Bob Kane and Bill Finger went for darker and deadlier fiends and Hugo Strange in Batman#1 gave way to both the Joker and Catwoman. Villains to other heroes such as Wonder Woman and Aquaman are also present in this book.

We see in this book the villains at the peak of their achievement, committing heinous acts of death and destruction. We also see how these villains challenge the heroes and ideals while seeing the caped and cowled figures as obstacles to be overcome. 

I found myself intrigued in reading about these moments which was a very fun experience.

Do I Recommend It?

Absolutely! This is such an informative and engaging read that I am going to recommend it to everyone who loves books, villains and comics.

Let’s Connect!

So, what are your thoughts? Who are your favourite villains? Share with me in the comments below!

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